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Judge Stephen Reinhardt and Ramona Ripston Lecture on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Friday, Apr 7, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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Judge Stephen Reinhardt and Ramona Ripston Lecture on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties


 Presented by Stephen B. Bright


Defiance After All These Years: 

Continuing Discrimination on the Basis of Race and Poverty in the Courts



Friday, April 7, 2017 4:30–5:30 p.m. UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business Auditorium Reception immediately following

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Stephen Bright teaches at the Yale and Georgetown law schools. He served as director of the Southern Center for Human Rights 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 justice system, judicial independence, and sentencing. He has tried capital cases before juries in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi, and argued cases before many state and federal appellate courts. He has argued and won three cases before the United States Supreme Court involving racial discrimination in the composition of juries, Foster v. Chatman, 136 S.Ct. 1737 (2016); Snyder v. Louisiana, 552 U.S. 472 (2008) and Amadeo v. Zant, 486 U.S. 214 (1988).

He received the American Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award in 1998. The Daily Law Report, Georgia’s legal newspaper, named him “Newsmaker (and Agitator) of the Year” in 2003 for his contribution to bringing about creation of a public defender system in Georgia. 

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About the Judge Stephen Reinhardt and Ramona Ripston Lecture on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties  Judge Stephen Reinhardt, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, and Ramona Ripston, retired executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, have fought for and preserved civil liberties for decades, inspiring and influencing thousands of attorneys and activists. UC Irvine School of Law pays tribute to these two legendary advocates of civil liberty and justice through an annual, honorary lecture celebrating their contributions.   More about the endowment and annual lecture >


This event is approved for 1.0 hour of Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit by the State Bar of California. UC Irvine School of Law is a State Bar-approved MCLE provider.


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