2015 GO BIG READ
Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever. Just Mercy is Bryan's remarkable story.
Go Big Read, UW–Madison’s common-reading program, has thousands of people reading, talking and sharing their reactions and opinions.
That’s the idea: to engage students, faculty, staff and the entire community in a vibrant, academically driven experience.
This open-ended, lively discussion is a platform for the exploration of important issues, from a range of perspectives. Join the conversation, read the book and bring your thoughts to the table.
Instructors, want to use Just Mercy in your course?
Read the press release about the book.
Bryan Stevenson Keynote Event
Monday October 26th, 7-8:30PM
Varsity Hall, Union South
Check out Bryan Stevenson's TED Talk: We Need to Talk About an Injustice