Mark Stephens is passionate about criminal defense and how our system of justice often fails in his response to the book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption 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 at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.
Mark Stephens is serving his fourth term as the elected District Public Defender for the Sixth Judicial District in Tennessee.