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2015-2016 Go Big Read: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

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


Read 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)

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Bryan Stevenson’s Keynote Address

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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