Noted attorney, retired Harvard Law Professor Dershowitz to speak at UI

Noted attorney, retired Harvard Law Professor Dershowitz to speak at UI

URBANA — Noted criminal defense attorney Alan Dershowitz, a constitutional scholar and frequent commentator on both CNN and Fox News, will give a public talk at the University of Illinois later this month.

"A Conversation With Alan Dershowitz" is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 26 at Foellinger Auditorium, 709 S. Mathews Ave., U. The event, which will focus on free speech on campus, is free.

His visit is sponsored by the Gies College of Business; The Program in Constitutional Theory, History and Law at the College of Law; and the Chabad Center for Jewish Life at UI.

Dershowitz, a native of the Brooklyn borough of New York, was a professor at Harvard Law School for more than 50 years before retiring in 2013. He is known both as a defender of civil liberties and individual rights and a staunch supporter of Israel.

A self-described liberal, he campaigned against Donald Trump in 2016 and has been critical of the president's travel ban, decision to end protections for "Dreamers" and failure to speak out against white nationalists.

But Dershowitz has also criticized Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and Republican legal attacks on Hillary Clinton as dangerous examples of the "criminalization of political differences."

During his career, he won most of the cases he handled as a criminal appellate lawyer and represented high-profile clients such as Mike Tyson and Patty Hearst. He was also an appellate adviser for O.J. Simpson's defense team in 1995.