UC Irvine School of Law to Host Public Interest Lecture on Excessive Punishment


IRVINE, Calif. — A nationally known expert on prisoners and punishment will deliver the annual Al Meyerhoff Public Interest Lecture at UC Irvine School of Law on Oct. 16, 2012.

WHAT: Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and professor at New York University School of Law, will lecture on "Confronting Mass Incarceration and Excessive Punishment in America."

WHO: Stevenson is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. Equal Justice Initiative is a nonprofit organization providing legal representation to condemned prisoners, juvenile offenders, people wrongly convicted or charged, poor people denied effective representation and others whose trials are marked by racial bias or prosecutorial misconduct.

The annual Meyerhoff lecture series commemorates the esteemed life and public service of the late Al Meyerhoff, a renowned labor, environmental and civil rights lawyer who brought a landmark case to stop sweatshop conditions for 30,000 workers on the Pacific island of Saipan.

WHEN: The lecture will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., with reception to follow.

WHERE: UC Irvine School of Law, EDU 1111. Directions and parking information.

REGISTRATION: MCLE credit is offered. The event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP online.

MEDIA CONTACT: Rex Bossert, Assist. Dean for Communications, rbossert@law.uci.edu, (949) 824-3063.


UC Irvine School of Law seeks to create the ideal law school for the 21st century by doing the best job of training lawyers for the practice of law at the highest levels of the profession. Recruited from prestigious schools, the faculty ranked seventh in the country in scholarly impact in a recent study. The student body has overall admissions statistics comparable to those of student bodies at top 20 law schools. The school's innovative curriculum stresses hands-on learning, interdisciplinary study and public service.