A Prelude Event to Skidmore’s April 1st Presentation with Bryan Stevenson
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY, March 12, 2015 /3BL Media/ - In Our Name and Skidmore College will be cosponsoring an event on April 1st featuring Bryan Stevenson, the Founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and a Professor of Clinical Law at NYU School of Law. The event, “Mercy, Redemption, and Restorative Justice for the Condemned” is at 7 PM at Gannett on Skidmore’s campus.
In preparation for the April 1st event, In Our Name, Skidmore, and Caffe Lena are pleased to announce a prelude event on March 24th, “Talking About Justice.” Caffe Lena, located at 47 Phila Street in downtown Saratoga Springs from 6 PM to 9 PM, hosts the evening which will include a showing of Bryan Stevenson’s TEDTalk, “We Need to Talk About An Injustice,” and a roundtable of local educators, advocates, and allies. Also included will be poetry and readings from the formerly incarcerated. The discussion will be led by Jonathan Gradess, Executive Director of the New York State Defenders Association in Albany New York, Professor David Karp of Skidmore College a nationally renowned author, lecturer and practitioner in Restorative Justice practices, Rev. J. Edward Lewis, President of the New York State Chaplains Association and Chaplain at Fishkill Correctional Facility in Dutchess County, New York Rev. Petero Sabune, Global Outreach Officer of the Episcopal Church. Cara Benson, poet, author, prison poetry teacher and advocate will read from her recently published works, joined by Sean Dalpiaz and Derek Anderson, poets and former residents of the Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility in Saratoga County, New York.
Bryan Stevenson is a public-interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. He's the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, an Alabama-based group that has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent prisoners on death row, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill and aiding children prosecuted as adults.
EJI recently won an historic ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court holding that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger are unconstitutional. Mr. Stevenson’s work fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system has won him numerous awards. He is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government, and has been awarded 14 honorary doctorate degrees.
Both events are also posted on the In Our Name site, www.inourname.org