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David H. Bodiker Lecture on Criminal Justice
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012
Time: 12:10 – 1:20 p.m.
Room/Location: Saxbe Auditorium
Bryan Stevenson is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Ala. He has won national acclaim for his work challenging the bias against the poor and people of color in the criminal justice system.
Under his leadership, the Equal Justice Initiative 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. The initiative won a historic ruling in the Supreme Court of the United States, holding that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger are unconstitutional.
A graduate of Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government, Stevenson is on the faculty at New York University School of Law. He has been recognized with the ABA Wisdom Award for Public Service, the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Award Prize, the Olof Palme International Prize, the ACLU Medal of Liberty, the National Public Interest Lawyer of the Year Award, the NAACP Ming Award for Advocacy, the Gruber Prize for International Justice, and the Ford Foundation Visionaries Award.
About the David H. Bodiker Lecture on Criminal Justice
The David H. Bodiker Lecture on Criminal Justice was established at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in February 2008 to honor the spirit, dedication, and passion of David H. Bodiker, who served as the Ohio Public Defender from 1994 until his retirement in December 2007.
Bodiker, a 1963 Moritz graduate and attorney in the private practice of law for many years in Columbus, was a fierce advocate for the poor in Ohio’s criminal justice system and was singular in his tenacious and relentless advocacy for the rights of Death Row inmates.
The purpose of The David H. Bodiker Lecture is to promote, improve, and advance the highest level of academic and professional interest in protecting the constitutional rights of the defendant in the criminal justice system through an annual lecture series at The Moritz College of Law. Each year the featured lecturer will be a nationally known authority who will make a presentation to law students and interested professionals at The Moritz College of Law. The lecture will be published in the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law. Michael E. Tigar, Professor of the Practice of Law at Duke Law School, gave the inaugural lecture in 2009.