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The University of La Verne’s annual Law Review Symposium on April 8 focused on mass incarceration and how it relates to gender, race and ethnicity.

Called “The Realities of Mass Incarceration in America Today,” the symposium included three panel discussions titled “Mass Incarceration as it Relates to Gender Challenges,” “Mass Incarceration as it Relates to Racial and Ethnic Minorities,” and “The Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline.”

The highlight of the symposium was the keynote address, “Challenging Bias Against the Poor and Minorities in the Criminal Justice System,” presented by renowned attorney, lecturer and author, Bryan Stevenson. Mr. Stevenson, a widely acclaimed public interest attorney who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned, is also the author of award winning and New York Times bestseller, Just Mercy.

Mr. Stevenson, a graduate of the Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government, is founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. Under his leadership, the Equal Justice Initiative has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and mentally ill, and aiding children who are prosecuted as adults. The College of Law is honored that Mr. Stevenson took time from his busy trial and advocacy schedule to participate in this year’s Law Review Symposium.

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