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Zoom Discussion on Just Mercy, Acclaimed Film and Book

With special guest Benjamin Schaefer, attorney with the Equal Justice Initiative

Michael B. Jordan as Bryan Stevenson and Jamie Foxx as Walter McMillian in Just Mercy

Please join us to discuss Just Mercy, the 2019 feature film which explores the systemic inequality of the U.S. criminal justice system.

Based on an actual case and book of the same name by lawyer Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy depicts Mr. Stevenson’s efforts to reverse the conviction of Walter McMillian, sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit.

Bryan Stevenson, a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer and bestselling author, founded the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) in 1989. EJI is a nonprofit organization providing legal representation to people illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. EJI challenges death penalty and excessive punishment cases as well as provides re-entry assistance to formerly incarcerated people.

We are pleased to announce that Benjamin Schaefer, an attorney with EJI, will participate in the discussion. Mr. Schaefer graduated in 2011 from New York University School of Law, where he participated in the Equal Justice and Capital Defender Clinic and interned at the Orleans Public Defenders in Louisiana. He has a B.A. in History from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He previously taught sixth grade social studies in Henderson, North Carolina. Click here to see a brief, two minute video of Mr. Schaefer speaking with high school students about the work he does with EJI.

How To View The Film 

Just Mercy is available to view on Netflix.

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We hope you will participate in this important discussion.

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July 22, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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