Stephen Bright

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Stephen B. Bright "is the President of the Southern Center for Human Rights and teaches courses on the death penalty and criminal law at the Yale and Harvard law schools. He was Director of the Center from 1982 to 2005...

"He has taught courses on capital punishment, criminal procedure, and prisoners' rights at the law schools at Yale, Harvard, Emory, Georgetown, Northeastern, and Florida State universities, and a course on international human rights law and capital punishment at the Institute on World Legal Problems in Innsbruck, Austria, conducted by St. Mary's University School of Law.

"He received the American Bar Association's Thurgood Marshall Award, presented at the ABA Annual Meeting in 1998; the Roger Baldwin Medal of Liberty presented in 1991 by the American Civil Liberties Union; the Kutak-Dodds Prize, presented in 1992 by the National Legal Aid & Defender Association; and other awards." [1]

  • Member, Human Rights Watch U.S. Advisory Committee
  • Advisory Board, New Perimeter, an affiliate of the DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary LLP law firm, which provides legal support for projects of global concern, including health care, hunger, housing, economic development, law reform and human rights (2005 to present)
  • Board of Directors, New World Foundation, which supports organizations working to strengthen and expand civil rights and the active participation of citizens in American democracy (2000 to present)
  • Board of Directors, Texas Defender Service, a non-profit, public interest legal project dealing with capital punishment in Texas (2000 to present)


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