Bryan A. Stevenson is CCNY Commencement speaker, June 2; honors for architect Joseph L. Fleischer ’65, ’66

Civil rights attorney Bryan A. Stevenson, Esq., founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, is the keynote speaker at The City College of New York’s 170th commencement ceremony on Friday, June 2 at 10 a.m. He will receive the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.

City College will also honor architect Joseph L. Fleischer, FAIA ’65, ’66 with the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.

Stevenson is being recognized for his outstanding career in law, and his dedication to criminal justice reform and social justice.

Growing up in an era of "informal segregation” in rural southern Delaware, he went on to graduate from Eastern University, magna cum laude, the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Law School.

He founded the Equal Justice Initiative, of which he remains executive director, in 1989 to provide legal representation to people who have believe they have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. Since the EJI’s founding, he and his staff have won reversals, relief, or release from prison for more than 135 wrongly condemned prisoners on death row, and have won relief for hundreds of others wrongly convicted or unfairly sentenced. EJI also provides research and recommendations to assist advocates and policymakers in the work of criminal justice reform.

He has garnered numerous awards for his work, including the MacArthur Fellowship (“Genius Grant”) and the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Medal of Liberty. Click here to read more.

Fleischer is being recognized for his outstanding career in architecture as well as his dedication to CCNY.

In the course of his 45-year career, he has managed the design of facilities across the United States and the world, and his projects have been recognized with numerous awards.

He has remained actively involved at CCNY, serving as president of the Alumni Association of The City College of New York for three years and has served on The Foundation for City College Board since 2021. He set up a gift trust—along with his wife, Carolyn Fleischer ’68 – to both the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, and the School of Education through the college’s 1847 Society. In 1999, the Alumni Association awarded him its prestigious Townsend Harris Medal for Professional Achievement in the field of architecture.

He is the recipient of the Architecture Group’s Professional Achievement Award, as well as the Alumni Association’s Service Award. He is a Lifetime Member of the Alumni Association’s Executive Board.

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Syd Steinhardt
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