Bryan Stevenson at SMU and NAIS SDLC


Last Fall, Parish teachers and students heard Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy.  Teachers attended the 2016 SMU Reads free lecture at at McFarlin Auditorium. He was also the keynote speaker at the National Association of Independent Schools Student Diversity Leadership Conference that six of our Upper School students attended in December.

Bryan Stevenson founded the Equal Justice Initiative in 1989 in Montgomery, Alabama, as a young lawyer recently graduated from Harvard Law School. As executive director, he continues to lead a legal staff dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need, the poor and the wrongly condemned. One of his first cases was to defend Walter McMillian, who was sentenced to die for a highly publicized Alabama murder he insisted he didn’t commit. In Just Mercy, Stevenson describes how the case transformed his understanding of mercy and justice.


Students and teachers attending NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference and Adult People of Color Conference

Click to see student produced video from the national conference