BRYAN STEVENSON is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. Mr. Stevenson is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill and aiding children prosecuted as adults. EJI recently won an historic ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court holding that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger are unconstitutional. Mr. Stevenson’s work fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system has won him numerous awards. He is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government, and has been awarded 21 honorary doctorate degrees. He is the author of award winning and New York Times bestseller, Just Mercy.
JEFFREY TOOBIN is the author of Opening Arguments, The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, Too Close to Call: The Thirty-Six-Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election, A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President, and, most recently, “The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court.” He has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1993 and the senior legal analyst for CNN since 2002. His forthcoming book is Urban Guerrilla: The Strange Saga of Patricia Hearst and the Symbionese Liberation Army.