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I Shall Not Die: Conversation with Exoneree, Billy Neal Moore, and Attorney, Steve Bright
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When: Thursday, November 16, 2017
12:15-2:00 pm
Where: UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, Moot Court Room (518)
4340 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20008
United States

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University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law

Students for Innocence Association, Advocates for Prisoner’s Rights,
Black Law Students Association, and Student Bar Association

in partnership with

Law Students in Court


I Shall Not Die:
A Candid Conversation with Exoneree, Billy Neal Moore, and
Legendary Anti-Death Penalty Attorney, Steve Bright,
About Capital Punishment and the Criminal Justice System

Billy Neal Moore
I Shall Not Die book cover

Billy Neal Moore was sentenced to death in Georgia in 1974 for killing a man and spent 16 years on death row. Overcome with remorse and grief for his crime, he wrote letters to members of the victim’s family, apologizing for his heinous act. They were so moved by his sincere sorrow that they forgave him and continued to correspond with him for sixteen years. Being extremely grateful for their forgiveness, Billy not only turned his own life around, but he became determined to help transform the lives of others. His own life was spared seven hours prior to the execution. Today, he is an ordained minister who speaks to inmates about an act of forgiveness that saved his life.

His memoirs, I Shall Not Die: Seventy-two Hours on Death Watch, is a breathtaking saga of one man’s journey deep behind the veil of execution and a powerful human account of how the same man came to embody the worst and best mankind has to offer.

Stephen Bright

Stephen B. Bright has tried capital cases before juries in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi, and argued and won four capital cases before the Supreme Court. He spent 35 years with the Southern Center for Human Rights, first as director and then as president and senior counsel. He is now Professor of Practice at the Georgia State College of Law and teaches at the law schools at Yale and Georgetown. 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, judicial independence, and sentencing. He received the American Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award in 1998. The Daily Law Report, Georgia's legal newspaper, named him “Newsmaker of the Year” in 2003 for his contribution to bringing about creation of a public defender system in Georgia, and “Lawyer of the Year” in 2017 for his success in the Supreme Court and pursuit of justice.

Steve is the past Executive Director of Law Students in Court.


*Pizza will be served at 12:15 pm. The talk will start promptly at 12:30 pm.


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