2018 Leonard Weinglass in Defense of Civil Liberties Award | The American Association For Justice

2018 Leonard Weinglass in Defense of Civil Liberties Award

The AAJ Civil Rights Section is proud to announce Bryan Stevenson as the 2018 Leonard Weinglass in Defense of Civil Liberties Award winner.

Mr. Stevenson is the Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative and a professor of law at New York University School of Law.  In his nearly three-decades long crusade, he has secured major victories in criminal justice reform on behalf of juvenile offenders, those denied effective representation because of their socioeconomic status, the wrongfully accused, and the condemned. Bryan and the Equal Justice Initiative have been tireless in their commitment to end mass incarceration and excessive punishment, to protect human rights, and to challenge injustice.

Bryan has argued several cases in the United States Supreme Court including Nelson v. Campbell (2003) and Miller v. Alabama (2011). In Miller, the court sided with Stevenson in a 5/4 decision that the sentence of a life without parole for juveniles was a cruel and unusual punishment that violated the Eight and Fourteenth Amendments’.

His commitment to fight against poverty and racial discrimination in the criminal justice system is one of the many reasons he was selected for this year’s Leonard Weinglass Award.

At this year’s Annual Convention in Denver, the Civil Rights Section honored Bryan Stevenson for his work on behalf of civil rights during the Civil Rights Section CLE program on Monday, July 9, 2018.