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Young Leaders Circle Forum With Professor Alan Dershowitz

Wednesday November 2016


Professor Alan Dershowitz Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus, Harvard Law School

On Wednesday, November 2, the Manhattan Institute (MI) and YLC are pleased to welcome Professor Alan Dershowitz. Touted by Newsweek as "the nation's most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer and one of its most distinguished defenders of individual rights," Dershowitz is regarded among the best-known criminal lawyers in the world. Professor Dershowitz is always both deeply thoughtful and unabashedly opinionated; this is a YLC that you won’t want to miss!

In conversation with MI’s vice president of research and publications, Howard Husock, Dershowitz will cover a wide range of topics including free speech on college campuses, the state of the U.S. presidential election (as it comes down to the wire), and his memoir, Taking the Stand. The book, which will be distributed to YLC members at the event, touches on timely issues such as censorship and the First Amendment, civil rights in America, and the increasing role that science plays in a legal defense.

Professor Dershowitz was born in Brooklyn, and graduated from Yeshiva University high school and Brooklyn College. At Yale Law School he was first in his class and editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. After clerking for Chief Judge David Bazelon and Justice Arthur Goldberg, he was appointed to the Harvard Law faculty at age 25 and became a full professor at age 28—the youngest in the school's history. He is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus at Harvard Law School and during his tenure has taught courses in criminal law, psychiatry and law, constitutional litigation, civil liberties and violence, comparative criminal law, legal ethics and human rights.

After the interview with Husock and your questions, Professor Dershowitz will attend a private dinner with YLC Advisory Committee members, hosted by MI board of trustees vice chairman Dr. Michael Fedak.