Common Read Program

University of Evansville Honors Program Common Read Experience Fall 2017: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

The 2017 University of Evansville Honors Program incoming class read the book, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption written by attorney, Bryan Stevenson. The social justice themes brought forth in the book was examined throughout the year and included a presentation by community educator, Mr. Anthony Ray Hinton.

Dr. Margaret Stevenson, Director, Honors Program –
Cherie Leonhardt, Assistant Director, Honors Program –
Jayme Williams, Program Assistant, Honors Program –

Just Mercy is a powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machinations, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of justice.

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