2015-2016 Go Big Read: Just Mercy by Bryan StevensonJust Mercy Book Cover Image (1)

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 machination, and legal brinksmanship and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever. Just Mercy is Bryan’s remarkable story.

Press Release

blank-rebecca-wide-300x200Read Chancellor Blank’s Press Release about the book.


University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank is pictured outside Bascom Hall on July 30, 2013. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)


Bryan Stevenson’s Keynote Address
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Video of Bryan Stevenson’s Keynote Address (must have NetID to access)






Book Resources

Resource Guide: Developed by Go Big Read Program

Book Website

Equal Justice Initiative Website

Book Discussion Questions

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