November 11, 2013

Alan Dershowitz spoke with George Washington University President Stephen J. Trachtenberg about Dershowitz's new book, Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law, at George Washington University's Jack Morton Auditorium, for The Newsmakers Series, a co-sponsorship between GWU and Politics & Prose, on Monday, November 11, 2013.

America's most prominent legal mind and the #1 bestselling author of Chutzpah and The Best Defense, Alan Dershowitz, recounts his legal autobiography, describing how he came to the law, as well as the cases that have changed American jurisprudence over the past 50 years, most of which he has personally been involved in.

In Taking the Stand, Dershowitz reveals the evolution of his own thinking on such fundamental issues as censorship and the First Amendment, Civil Rights, Abortion, homocide and the increasing role that science plays in a legal defense. Alan Dershowitz, the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard University, for the first time recounts his legal biography, describing his struggles academically at Yeshiva High School growning up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, his successes at Yale, clerking for Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg, his appointment to full professor at the Harvard at age 28, the youngest in the school's history.

Dershowitz went on to work on many of the most celebrated cases in the land, from appealing (successfully) Claus Von Bulow's conviction for the murder of his wife Sunny, to the O.J. Simpson trial, to defending Mike Tyson, Leona Helmsley, Patty Hearst, and countless others. He is currently part of the legal team advising Julian Assange.

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ISBN: 9780307719287
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Published: Broadway Books - March 26th, 2019

August 12, 2013

Abbe Smith co-editor along with Monroe H. Freedman of How Can You Represent Those People? hosted a group of American defense attorneys, at Politics & Prose on Monday, August 12, 2013.

How Can You Represent Those People? is the first-ever collection of essays offering a response to the 'Cocktail Party Question' asked of every criminal lawyer: how do you represent guilty criminals? Contributors are a diverse group of prominent lawyers and rising stars, each offering a different—and often very personal— perspective on the Question. Many share stories—comic and tragic, stirring and heartbreaking—about how it feels to defend people accused of crimes ranging from the 'ordinary' to the horrific. This fascinating collection is a must-read for anyone interested in crime, punishment, race, poverty, and the motivations of criminal lawyers.

You can watch a segment of the event below, which focuses on current issues in the American justice system.

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By A. Smith (Editor), M. Freedman (Editor)
ISBN: 9781137311948
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Published: Palgrave MacMillan - August 16th, 2013

August 1, 2013

Ronald K. L. Collins and David Skover spoke about their book, On Dissent, at Politics & Prose on Thursday, August 01, 2013.

With co-author David Skover, Seattle University law professor Collins, a faculty member at the University of Washington Law School, poses the question: just what is dissent? Americans claim to value it and strive to protect it, but can we define it, or is it one of those vagaries we know when we see? Collins uses a range of contexts, from the legal to the philosophical to the linguistic, to formulate the meaning(s) of dissent.

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ISBN: 9781107502680
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Published: Cambridge University Press - February 7th, 2015