Albany Law School presented a two-day conference celebrating the career of influential defense attorney and Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz on April 5-6, 2007.
At the conference Dershowitz was joined by a distinguished group of panelists from the academic and legal communities who discussed his work as a legal scholar, activist and advocate.
Speakers includeed: Hon. Dr. Irwin Cotler, Canada's former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada; Prof. Akhil Reed Amar, Yale Law School; Prof. Martin Belsky, University of Tulsa College of Law; Dr. Renee Redman, American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut; Nicholas Rostow, University Counsel and Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs, SUNY; and Prof. Abraham Wagner, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.
As a criminal defense lawyer, Dershowitz has participated in high-profile cases, including the O.J. Simpson trial, trials of the Jewish Defense League, and the Claus von Bülow case. He is the author of more than 24 works of fiction and nonfiction-including six best sellers. In his career he has addressed the topics of torture warrants, Middle East conflicts, Judaism, Israel, civil rights, civil liberties, the war on terror and the First Amendment.
The conference was presented by Professor Paul Finkelman, President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy.