2001

Alec Karakatsanis received the “Responsible Leadership 2016 Emerging Leadership” award from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs’ Johnson Institute. Alec was recognized for his remarkable work in pursuit of justice for persons who have been ignored or, worse, systematically disadvantaged under the current justice system. He is the co-founder of non-profit Equal Justice Under Law and recently started a new organization, Civil Rights Corps. Civil Rights Corps is dedicated to challenging systemic injustice in the American legal system by engaging in advocacy and public education. Specializing in innovative, systemic civil rights litigation, their goal is to re-sensitize the legal system and our culture at large to injustices and brutality that are currently accepted in the criminal system. Alec’s groundbreaking work continues to be covered in major news outlets and he was named a 2016 Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year for his efforts to eliminate unjust money bail systems.