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Noted Chicago law professor lectures at UI Sept. 25
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Albert Alschuler, one of the nation's leading criminal
law scholars, will discuss the legacy of American legal giant Oliver Wendell
Holmes Jr. during a public lecture Thursday, Sept. 25 at the University
of Iowa College of Law.
Alschuler, professor of law at the University of Chicago, will present
a 1997 John F. Murray Lecture at 4:10 p.m. Sept. 25 in Levitt Auditorium
of the Boyd Law Building.
The talk, entitled "Would you Have Wanted Justice Holmes as a Friend?",
is free and open to the public.
A noted scholar, Alschuler has written on plea bargaining, sentencing
reform, privacy, search and seizure, criminal procedure, jury selection,
jury reform, legal ethics, courtroom conduct and other criminal justice
issues as well as legal history.
He has been a law clerk to Justice Walter V. Schaefer of the Illinois
Supreme Court; a special assistant to the assistant attorney general in
charge of the criminal division of the U.S. Justice Department; a professor
of law at the University of Texas, the University of Colorado, and the
University of Pennsylvania; a visiting professor at the University of Michigan
and the University of California at Berkeley; and a visiting scholar at
the National Institute of Justice and the American Bar Foundation.
Alschuler earned his bachelor's and law degrees from Harvard University.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841-1935) served on the United States Supreme
Court from 1902 to 1932, where he became well-known for his passionate
and articulate dissenting opinions. Perhaps the most influential member
of the American legal profession, Holmes is considered a founder of the
"legal realism" theory of legal education.
The Murray lecture, which began in 1952, is the oldest and most distinguished
series presented by the College of Law. The series was established in honor
of John F. Murray, a native of Iowa and founder of the American Home Products
Co., by his wife, Bessie Dutton Murray, through gifts to the UI.