University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum Presents: Stephen Bright

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Monday, November 13, 2023 - 6:00pm
501 W. Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202


November 13th at Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts 501 W. Main St Louisville, KY 40202

5:00 PM - Wine and Cheese Reception, Carmichael’s pre-signed book sale in the lobby 

6:00 PM – Interview in the Bomhard Theater

7:00 PM - Q&A with audience in the Bomhard Theater

$35 package includes all evening events before 7:30 PM

Tickets on sale at The Kentucky Center

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Discounted tickets for University of Louisville students, faculty, and staff may be purchased in person with UofL ID at The Kentucky Center drive-thru service Monday - Friday, 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM.  Limit of two tickets per order. 

Stephen B. Bright is a Harvey L. Karp Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and a Visiting Professor at Georgetown Law. He has tried capital cases in many states, including four capital cases before the United States Supreme Court. The Court ruled in favor of his client in each case. He served as director of the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta from 1982 to 2005, and as its president and senior counsel from 2006 to 2016. Subjects of his litigation, teaching and writing include capital punishment, legal representation for poor people accused of crimes, conditions and practices in prisons and jails, racial discrimination in the criminal courts, and judicial independence. 

Bright is an inductee of the University of Kentucky Hall of Distinguished Alumni, and he is a Hall of Fame graduate of its College of Law. He has received the American Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award and The Daily Report, a legal newspaper in Georgia, named him “Agitator (and Newsmaker) of the Year” in 2003 for his contribution to bringing about creation of a public defender system in Georgia.

Bright is the author with former student and Yale Law graduate James Kwak of The Fear of Too Much Justice: Race, Poverty, and the Persistence of Inequality in the Criminal Courts (2023). Social Justice activist Bryan Stevenson, in the foreword, called Bright’s new book “an urgently needed analysis of our collective failure…”. 

James Forman Jr. is the J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law at Yale Law School.  Forman’s scholarship focuses on schools, police, and prisons. He is particularly interested in the race and class dimensions of those institutions. Forman’s first book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. 

The Fear of Too Much Justice: Race, Poverty, and the Persistence of Inequality in the Criminal Courts By Stephen Bright, James Kwak, Bryan Stevenson (Preface by) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620970256
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: New Press - June 20th, 2023

A legendary lawyer and a legal scholar reveal the structural failures that undermine justice in our criminal courts

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Stephen Bright is the author of The Fear of Too Much Justice: Race, Poverty, and the Persistence of Inequality in the Criminal Courts and will be interviewed by James Forman Jr.