2015 Bodiker Lecture

Date & Time: 10/06/2015 12:00 pm - 10/06/2015 1:20 pm

The 2015 David H. Bodiker Lecture on Criminal Justice will feature Stephen B. Bright, president and senior council at the Southern Center for Human Rights. His talk is entitled: “Rigged: When Race and Poverty Determine Outcomes in the Criminal Courts.”

Bright is currently the Harvey Karp Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale University. His class on Capital Punishment examines race, poverty, prosecutorial discretion, legal representation of the poor, judicial independence, juries, and the appropriateness of the death penalty for the mental ill and intellectual disabled.  He also co-teaches the Capital Punishment Clinic at Yale.

Bright was previously a public defender in Washington, DC, and a legal services attorney in the coal fields of eastern Kentucky. He has represented people facing the death penalty before juries and state and federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court, where he won reversals of two capital cases because of racial discrimination in jury selection. He has also litigated class action challenges to inadequate legal representation of poor people accused of crimes and to unconstitutional conditions and practices in prisons and jails.



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