AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF LAW LIBRARIES ANNOUNCES BRYAN STEVENSON AS KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Equal Justice Advocate to Inspire More than 1,500 Legal Information Professionals at Premier Education and Networking Event

CHICAGO, Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) announces lawyer, activist, and author Bryan Stevenson as the keynote speaker for its 110th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference, themed "Forgo the Status Quo."

Visionary legal thinker and social justice advocate, Bryan Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) in Montgomery, Alabama. As a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer, he has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated, and the condemned. In his keynote, "American Injustice: Mercy, Humanity, and Making a Difference," Stevenson will talk about defending some of America's most rejected and marginalized people, recounting stories of heartbreak and inspiration, while motivating change.

America has the largest prison population in the world, and under his leadership EJI has won major legal challenges in eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting the abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults. In 2012, EJI won a historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling—in Miller v. Alabama and its companion case Jackson v. Hobbs—holding that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger are unconstitutional.

Stevenson's work fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system has won him numerous awards. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard School of Government and recipient of 26 honorary doctorate degrees. He is the author of award-winning and New York Times bestseller, Just Mercy. In 2015, Stevenson was named to the Time 100 recognizing the world's most influential people. More recently, Fortune named him to its 2016 World's Greatest Leaders list. Learn more about the keynote address at bit.ly/AALL17keynote.

"AALL is honored to have legal visionary Bryan Stevenson speak about the challenges of achieving a fair and equitable legal system," said AALL President Ronald E. Wheeler Jr. "Legal information professionals understand those challenges; timely access to accurate, relevant legal information is everyone's right—regardless of income or geography—and one of our top priorities."

 "Our members are legal information experts who support lawyers, judges, and pro se litigants—including the incarcerated—with the information they need to make sound legal arguments and wise legal decisions," said Wheeler. "In doing so, we make the whole legal system stronger."

AALL wishes to thank this year's gold sponsors Bloomberg Law, LexisNexis, and Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory US for their generous support of the keynote address.

The AALL 110th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference will take place in Austin from July 15-18, 2017; register now at bit.ly/AALL17reg.

About AALL
The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) is the only national association dedicated to the legal information profession and its professionals. Founded in 1906 on the belief that people—lawyers, judges, students, and the public—need timely access to relevant legal information to make sound legal arguments and wise legal decisions, its nearly 4,500 members are problem solvers of the highest order. AALL fosters the profession by offering its members knowledge, leadership, and community that make the whole legal system stronger. For more information, visit www.aallnet.org.

About AALL Annual Meeting & Conference
The AALL Annual Meeting & Conference is the premier educational and networking event for more than 1,500 legal information professionals. In its 110th year, the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting will be held in Austin, July 15-18, 2017, and offers three days of must-have educational programming featuring more than 70 sessions in six content areas. For more information, visit www.aallnet.org/conference.

Media Contact: Cara Schillinger, American Association of Law Libraries, 312-205-8020, cschillinger@aall.org

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