This year’s Law Foundation Lecture, presented by the Temple University Beasley School of Law and co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Innocence Project (PaIP), featured noted civil rights attorney and social justice advocate Bryan Stevenson. Appearing before a packed crowd at the Temple Performing Arts Center, Mr. Stevenson, the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, directed his remarks to the large number of young lawyers and law students in the audience. He eloquently outlined the tools they will need to effect social justice in the United States. With an uncanny ability to illustrate his points through stories from his own experience that brought both laughter and some tears, Mr. Stevenson made clear that the work is both emotionally draining and incredibly rewarding.
Following Mr. Stevenson’s remarks, he sat down on stage with Marissa Bluestine, PaIP Legal Director, to discuss his book, Just Mercy. Afterward, he signed copies of the book, which quickly sold out.