Media Advisory: Best-selling Author and Equal Justice Initiative Founder Bryan Stevenson to Keynote UCI Conference on Storytelling and Law


WHAT: Bryan Stevenson, best-selling author of “Just Mercy,” founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and professor at New York University School of Law, will deliver the keynote address at UC Irvine’s Jan. 23-24 conference on “Justice and Injustice: The Consequences of Storytelling in the Courtroom.” Presented by UCI’s Forum for the Academy and the Public — a collaborative conference and lecture series of the Literary Journalism Program, the School of Humanities and the School of Law — the event is free and open to the public. 

WHEN: Friday and Saturday, Jan. 23-24, 2015. The schedule of panels and talks is available on the Forum’s website. Seating is limited; click here to reserve a seat.

WHERE: UC Irvine School of Law, EDU 1111 (grid F11, bldg. 3 on campus map)

WHO: Stevenson, who for 20 years has been representing capital defendants and death row prisoners in the South, will deliver a keynote speech on Friday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. Philip Meyer, author of “Storytelling for Lawyers” and professor at Vermont Law School, is the luncheon speaker on Saturday, Jan. 24. View the Forum’s website for a full list of speakers and panelists.

CONTACT: Patricia Pierson,, 949-824-6876

About UC Irvine Literary Journalism Program
The Literary Journalism Program was created to meet the needs of a growing number of students who wish to read, study and write nonfiction prose that transcends the limits of daily journalism. The program provides students with a solid foundation in nonfiction writing and an equally solid background in areas such as literary history, which together will help make them more informed writers. Literary Journalism faculty have co-founded the celebrated lecture series Conversations on Writing & Public Life and the Forum for the Academy and the Public, and the program hosts the innovative Digital Storytelling conference. More about the Literary Journalism Program is available at Follow us on Twitter: @UCILitJ.

About UC Irvine School of Humanities
The School of Humanities embraces the responsibility of providing an education that matches the many talents of its outstanding students.  We respond to the needs of students in a new century in many ways – from integrating theory and practice to developing interdisciplinary programs, to preparing students for their professional careers through internship programs.  The School’s departments, centers, and programs engage faculty from diverse disciplines in advanced research.  More about the School of Humanities is available at

About UC Irvine School of Law
UCI Law, which received full accreditation from the ABA effective June 6, 2014, is an innovative law school focused on educating talented and passionate lawyers driven by professional excellence, intellectual rigor and a commitment to enrich our communities through public service. UCI Law is a collegial environment, and our faculty is comprised of accomplished, nationally-ranked thought leaders from around the country with a broad range of expertise. More about the Law School is available at