Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, the recipient of the 2019 Thomas J. Dodd Prize, speaks at Starr Hall at UConn Law School in Hartford on Nov. 7, 2019.

Bryan Stevenson, civil rights lawyer and author of “Just Mercy.” Michael B. Jordan played him in the film of the same name.

Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, was on campus in November to accept the 2019 Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights. Stevenson has represented individuals on death row since the 1980s, winning the release, relief, or reversal of conviction for more than 145 people. Senator Christopher Dodd and other Dodd family members attended. Said Stevenson on accepting the prize: “Like the Dodds, I want to believe that we can truly honor what it means to be people who change the world, people who believe in human rights, people who are about justice.”

To read about Stevenson’s talk with law students that day, visit

Photos by Peter Morenus


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