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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.