Independence from Injustice: A Look at Our Legal System With Adam Benforado and Bryan Stevenson

During this week’s radio show you will learn about:

  • Identifying the Flaws and Initiating Change Within the US Legal System
  • Why the Letter of the Law Can Become Irrelevant
  • What Can Be Done to Enable Our Legal System to Operate the Way It Was Meant To
  • The Purpose and Place of Compassion Within the Justice System
  • Changes That Can Happen on a Local Level
Adam Benforado

ADAM BENFORADO is an associate professor of law at Drexel University. A graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, he served as a federal appellate law clerk and an attorney at Jenner & Block. He has published numerous scholarly articles, and his op-eds and essays have appeared in a variety of publications including the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Legal Times. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and daughter.

 

His new book UNFAIR crusading legal scholar Adam Benforado exposes the powerful psychological forces that undermine our criminal justice system and affect us all. Comes out JUNE 2015 from Crown Books.

You can learn more about Adam here.

 

Bryan Stevenson

BRYAN STEVENSON is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal JusticeInitiative in Montgomery, Alabama. Mr. Stevenson is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill and aiding children prosecuted as adults. Mr. Stevenson has successfully argued several cases in the United States Supreme Court and recently won an historic ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court banning mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger are unconstitutional. EJI has also initiated major new anti-poverty and anti-discrimination efforts challenging the legacy of racial inequality in America.

 

Mr. Stevenson’s work fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system has won him numerous awards including the ABA Wisdom Award for Public Service, the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Award Prize, the Olaf Palme International Prize, the ACLU National Medal Of Liberty, the National Public Interest Lawyer of the Year Award, the Gruber Prize for International Justice and the Ford Foundation Visionaries Award. He is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government, has been awarded 16 honorary doctorate degrees and is also a Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law. He is the recent author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Just Mercy, which was named by Time Magazine as one of the 10 best books of nonfiction for 2014 and has been awarded several honors including a 2015 NAACP Image Award.

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