Mecklenburg County Bar & Mecklenburg Bar Foundation's

Law & Society Luncheon



Bryan A. Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative


presentation of the

Ayscue Professionalism Award


Wednesday, November 13, 2013 

at  12 p.m.

Hilton Charlotte Center City, 222 E. Third Street




Bryan A. Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) in Montgomery, Alabama. He and EJI advocate on behalf of "the poor, the incarcerated, and the condemned" throughout the Southeast. Most recently, Stevenson successfully argued before the United States Supreme Court in Miller v. Alabama, 132 S. Ct. 2455 (2012), where the Court held that juvenile offenders could not be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole under the Eighth Amendment. EJI has also challenged excessive and unfair sentencing practices, exonerated innocent death row prisoners, and raised ineffective representation and racial bias claims on behalf of incarcerated defendants.

His work as a public interest lawyer has won numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Award Prize known as the "genius grant," the ABA's Wisdom Award for Public Service, the Award for Courageous Advocacy from the National College of Trial Lawyers, and the Olaf Palme International Prize.  He was recently a featured speaker at the 2013 Judicial Conference of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and his March 2012 TED Talk has been viewed over 1.2 million times.




The annual Law & Society Luncheon was created by the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation in 1987 as a way of educating the entire community on the role of law in a democratic society and, through that, of creating a sense of community between the Bar and the citizenry.  It has become a tradition for members of the Bar to bring clients and friends as guests to this event.


The Luncheon also gives lawyers an opportunity to enjoy good fellowship and an inspiring message, and to support the good work of the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation. Net proceeds from the Luncheon benefit the Bar Foundation Fund to support grants to local nonprofits with a legal nexus in our community.




Registration deadline:  Wednesday, November 6, 2013


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