Noted Attorney and Advocate to Introduce Just Mercy at The Tull Family Theater

Thursday, January 30, 2020 | 10:39 AM


At 4:15 p.m. TODAY, attorney Martha Richards Conley, a long-time opponent of the death penalty, will introduce the film Just Mercy at The Tull Family Theater in Sewickley.

Conley co-chairs Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty–Pittsburgh and as an Official Visitor of the Pennsylvania Prison Society, she has been visiting death row inmates for nearly 20 years.  A former member of the Board of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, Conley was elected to its Honorary Board in 2014 and the statewide board in 2018.

Conley was the first African American female graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the first African American woman admitted to practice law in Allegheny County. The university and the Pitt Law Women’s Association are among those who have recognized her accomplishments. Employed by The United States Steel Corp. for 27 years, she retired as Senior General Attorney.

The 2-hour 15-minute screening will directly follow her introduction.

Just Mercy has been applauded by critics on both sides of the Atlantic. NPR.com declares that the film“has already become a touchstone of criminal justice writing for helping change the conversation around capital punishment in America. The invocation of race, class, and setting in (defendant Walter) McMillian’s case is unmissable—particularly since he was from Monroeville, Alabama, home of Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird, and residents seemed to be living out a remake of her novel…”
“It’s never less than engrossing,” declares the UK Times.

For other dates and show times, please visit www.thetullfamilytheater.org.
The Tull Family Theater, 418 Walnut St., Sewickley, is an independent nonprofit cinema. Directions to the Theater and information about parking, which is available in a municipal lot next to the Theater and on the street, is online at www.thetullfamilytheater.org/directions.

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