Stephen B. Bright is visiting professor of law at Georgetown and a visiting lecturer at Yale Law School. He spent 35 years at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, first as director for 22 years and then as president and senior counsel through 2016. He has tried capital cases to juries in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi, and argued and won four capital cases before the Supreme Court. Before joining the Center, he was a trial attorney at the Public Defender Service in Washington, DC, and a legal services attorney at the Appalachian Research & Defense Fund of Kentucky. He was also director of Law Students in Court, a clinical program operated by a consortium of law schools in Washington.

Subjects of his litigation, teaching and writings include capital punishment, legal representation of poor people accused of crimes, racial discrimination in the criminal legal system, conditions and practices in prisons and jails, and judicial independence. He received the American Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award in 1998.