Stephen B. Bright

Harvey Karp Visiting Lecturer in Law

(spring term)


Stephen B. Bright is the Harvey Karp Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and has been a fellow or visiting lecturer in law since 1993. He served as director the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta from 1982 to 2005, and as its president and senior counsel from 2006 to 2016.

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Stephen Bright

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Education & Curriculum Vitae


J.D., University of Kentucky College of Law, 1974

B.A., University of Kentucky, 1971

Courses Taught


  • Capital Punishment: Race, Poverty, and Disadvantage
  • Capital Punishment Clinic

Stephen B. Bright is the Harvey Karp Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. He served as director the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta from 1982 to 2005, and as its president and senior counsel from 2006 to 2016. He has been professor of practice at the Georgia State College of Law since 2017. He has tried capital cases before juries in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi, argued four capital cases before the Supreme Court, and argued many other cases before state and federal appellate courts. Subjects of his litigation, teaching and writing include capital punishment, legal representation for poor people accused of crimes, conditions and practices in prisons and jails, racial discrimination in the criminal justice system, and judicial independence. He received the American Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award in 1998. The Fulton Daily Law Report, a legal newspaper in Georgia, named him “Newsmaker of the Year” in 2003 for his contribution to bringing about creation of a public defender system in Georgia. Before joining the Southern Center, he was a legal services attorney in Appalachia, and a public defender and director of a law school clinical program in Washington, DC.