Jeanne Bishop

public defender, human rights activist and author

Jeanne Bishop is the sister of Nancy Bishop Langert, who was shot to death along with her husband and their unborn child in 1990. Since the murders of her family members, Ms. Bishop has spoken nationally and internationally and written extensively advocating for abolition of the death penalty, gun violence prevention, exoneration of the innocent and the role of forgiveness and mercy in the criminal justice system. She is the author of "Change of Heart: Justice, Mercy and Making Peace with My Sister's Killer" (Westminster John Knox Press 2015), winner of the First Book Award by the Presbyterian Writers Guild for the best first book of 2015-2016. She has done two TEDx Talks on forgiveness and mercy and appears in several documentaries on the death penalty. A graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and Northwestern University School of Law, Bishop also attended Yale Law School as a Visiting Student. She is an adjunct professor of law at Northwestern and a recipient of its alumni award for public service. She is a co-recipient of the Brigid Award bestowed by the humanitarian organization Concern Worldwide on women of justice and compassion.