Stephen B. Bright

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Stephen B. Bright is president and senior counsel of the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta and teaches at the law schools at Yale and the University of Georgia. Subjects of his litigation, teaching and writing include legal representation for poor people accused of crimes, capital punishment, human rights violations in prisons and jails and judicial independence. He has argued capital cases successfully before juries and state and federal appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He received the American Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award in 1998. Georgia’s legal newspaper, the Fulton Daily Law Report, named him “Newsmaker of the Year” in 2003 for his contribution to bringing about the creation of a public defender system in Georgia.

Professor Bright recently co-authored, “Fifty Years of Defiance and Resistance After Gideon v. Wainwright” (Yale Law Review, June 2013) and gave a speech titled “Counsel, Equal Justice and Dignity: Will America Ever Make Good on Justice for All?” at the District of Columbia Judicial Conference in April 2013. He also co-authored several media articles in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, including “Violating the Right to a Lawyer” (Los Angeles Times, March 18, 2013) and “’Gideon v. Wainwright’, Fifty Years Later” (The Nation, April 8, 2013). To read additional publications by Professor Bright, please visit the Yale Law School website.