Bryan Stevenson Birthday & Fun Facts

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Anusuya Mukherjee
Feb 08, 2024 By Anusuya Mukherjee
Originally Published on Oct 30, 2023
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About Bryan Stevenson

Born in Milton, Southern Delaware, Bryan Stevenson is an American lawyer, social justice activist, author, and professor of law at New York University School of Law. Bryan Stevenson is the author of the New York Times bestseller 'Just Mercy: A Story Of Justice And Redemption'. As of 2023, he resides in Montgomery, Alabama.

Bryan Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative. He has defied prejudice against minorities and the poor in the criminal justice system, especially children. Stevenson played a major role in the decision of the United States Supreme Court to forbid penalizing individuals under the age of 18 to death or to life imprisonment deprived of parole. His support in several cases has saved dozens of inmates from the death penalty.

Bryan Stevenson: Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Bryan Stevenson’s net worth?

Bryan Stevenson's net worth is estimated to be $5 million as of 2023. The main sources of his income are from his own legal company and from being a professor. Sales of his book, 'Just Mercy: A Story Of Justice And Redemption', may have significantly added to his net worth.

How much does Bryan Stevenson earn per year?

Information about Bryan Stevenson's annual salary is not publicly available.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Bryan Stevenson?

Bryan Stevenson stands at 5 ft 7 in (170 cm) tall.

How old is Bryan Stevenson?

Bryan Stevenson was born on November 14, 1959. As of November 2023, he is 64 years old.

Childhood And Education

Bryan Stevenson was born on November 14, 1959, in Milton, Southern Delaware, USA. He and his siblings were raised in Milton. Bryan Stevenson is the second-born child of his parents. His father, Howard Carlton Stevenson Sr., worked as a laboratory technician at the General Foods processing plant, and Alice Gertrude (Golden) Stevenson, his mother, worked at the Dover Air Force Base as an equal opportunity officer. Bryan Stevenson has two siblings, an older brother named Howard Stevenson Jr., and a younger sister named Christy Stevenson.

Bryan Stevenson faced the impact of historical biases and inequalities during his early education. He attended a segregated elementary school for his primary school education. By the time he reached the second grade, his school had officially integrated, yet the lingering remnants of past practices continued to influence the educational environment unofficially.

Bryan Stevenson attended Cape Henlopen High School, where he played on the school soccer and baseball teams. He served as the president of the student body and won American Legion community speaking tournaments. Stevenson graduated from Cape Henlopen High School in 1978.

Bryan Stevenson won a grant to Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, and later graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Eastern University in 1981. He received a JD (Doctor of Jurisprudence) degree from Harvard Law School in 1985 and a Master’s degree in Public Policy (MPP) from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, also at Harvard University.

During law school, Bryan Stevenson was part of a class that studied race and poverty trials. He worked for Stephen Bright at the Southern Center for Human Rights, a society that works for death row inmates throughout the entire South. While working there, Bryan Stevenson decided on his career profession.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Bryan Stevenson’s partner?

Bryan Stevenson is single as of 2023, with no public records of him dating anyone.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Bryan Stevenson is best known as the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and for initiating the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery.

After graduating in 1985 from Harvard, Bryan Stevenson moved to Atlanta and joined the Southern Center for Human Rights as a full-time attorney. In 1989, Stevenson was appointed the executive director of the Alabama Capital Representation Resource Center, a resource center and death-penalty defense society funded by Congress, to run the Alabama operation.

When the United States Congress disallowed the funding for the death penalty defense, Bryan Stevenson transformed the center and founded the non-profit Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), based in Montgomery. In 1995, Stevenson was presented with the MacArthur Grant, and he put the funds toward supporting the center.

Bryan Stevenson has been mainly focused on the unduly strict sentencing of persons imprisoned for crimes committed under the age of 18. In 2005, the US Supreme Court stated that the death sentence was unconstitutional for individuals under 18 convicted of crimes. This decision effectively ended the practice of carrying out capital punishment on juveniles in the United States, marking a significant shift in the country's approach to juvenile justice and capital punishment.

Stevenson worked to have the court think about suitable punishment. EJI spearheaded a lawsuit movement to have an evaluation of cases in which captive children were sentenced to life without parole, including non-homicide cases. In 2012, the Supreme Court of the United States of America declared that mandatory sentences of life without parole for individuals aged 17 and younger were unconstitutional.

By August 2019, EJI had protected more than 125 men from the death sentence. In addition, it has fortified people on appeal, reversed wrongful convictions, and worked to ease bias in the criminal justice system.

In 1998, Bryan Stevenson joined the clinical faculty of the New York University School of Law. He is a law professor at the same institution as of 2023. Bryan Stevenson is also a visiting lecturer at Yale, Harvard, and University of Michigan Law Schools.

Near the EJI office is where the domestic slave trade took place. Bryan Stevenson submitted a proposal to the state for three historical markers commemorating the domestic slave trade in Montgomery. He worked with an African-American history group to advance support for the project. They gained state support for the three markers in 2013, and these have been connected in Montgomery.

Stevenson got 6 acres (2.4 ha) of prior public housing land in Montgomery for the progress of a new project and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice to honor the approximately 4,000 victims of extrajudicial violence in the South from 1877-1950. The memorial opened in April 2018.

Along with the Memorial is the Legacy Museum named From Enslavement To Mass Incarceration, which was also opened to the public on April 26, 2018. The demonstrations in the former slave warehouse comprise materials on lynching, racial discrimination, and mass confinement since the late 20th century. Bryan Stevenson speaks about how the action of people of color under the criminal justice system is linked with the history of slavery and the later demeanor of minorities in the South.

Bryan Stevenson penned the critically acclaimed memoir named 'Just Mercy: A Story Of Justice And Redemption', published in 2014 by Spiegel & Grau. A film was also made based on the book, titled 'Just Mercy', starring Michael B. Jordan as Bryan Stevenson. The movie premiered on September 6, 2019, at the Toronto International Film Festival and was released on December 25, 2019, in theaters.

In 2012, Bryan Stevenson gave a speech at TED2012 in Long Beach, California which fetched him a wide audience on the internet. Stevenson also gave the 93rd Ware Lecture at the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association in New Orleans, Louisiana, in June 2017. The premier of 'Freedom, Justice, And Hope With Bryan Stevenson' was held on May 21, 2021, at Lincoln Centre, where Bryan Stevenson provided likenesses to the American narrative of bias and unfair treatment.

Charity Work

Bryan Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, through which he helps the poor and provides them with a fair trial.

What awards has Bryan Stevenson won?

Besides his education, Bryan Stevenson has received more than 40 honorary degrees from many universities and colleges, including the Stritch School of Medicine (2011), the University of Delaware (2016), the Williams College (2016), the University of Mississippi (2017), Northeastern University (2017), Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, the Georgetown University School of Law, Wesleyan University and Loyola University Chicago. In 2015, Bryan Stevenson also received a Doctor of Humane Letters, 'honoris causa', from the College of the Holy Cross.

Bryan Stevenson has won many awards, including the Reebok Human Rights Award (1989), the ACLU National Medal of Liberty (1991), the MacArthur Fellowship Award Prize (1995), and in 1996, the National Association of Public Interest Lawyers named him the Public Interest Lawyer Of The Year. In 2000, Stevenson was given the Olaf Palme Prize in Sweden for international human rights protection.

In 2003, the Society Of American Law Teachers presented Bryan Stevenson with the SALT Human Rights Award. The following year, he was presented with the Award For Courageous Advocacy by the American College Of Trial Lawyers, and the Lawyer For The People Award from the National Lawyers Guild.

In 2006, Bryan Stevenson was presented with the New York University Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2012, he received the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Fred L. Shuttlesworth Award, the Social Progress category of the Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Award, and the American Psychiatric Association Human Rights Award.

In 2014, Stevenson received the American Academy of Arts and Science and the Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize. In 2016, he was given the Thurgood Marshall Award by the American Bar Association. In 2018, The King Center in Atlanta awarded him the Martin Luther King Jr. Nonviolent Peace Prize.

Stevenson has also received the NAACP William Robert Ming Advocacy Award, the Gruber Foundation International Justice Prize, the Roosevelt Freedom From Fear Award, the Ford Foundation Visionaries Award, as well as the National Legal Aid & Defender Association Lifetime Achievement Award.

In November 2018, Bryan Stevenson received the Benjamin Franklin Award from the American Philosophical Society as a Drum Major For Justice And Mercy. In 2020, he shared the Right Livelihood Award with Ales Bialiatski, Nasrin Sotoudeh, and Lottie Cunningham Wren.

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Bryan Stevenson Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

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Lawyer, Social justice activist, Author, Professor of Law


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Howard Carlton Stevenson Sr., Alice Gertrude (Golden) Stevenson


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Written by Anusuya Mukherjee

Bachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

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