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March 22, 2015 at 11:22 am

History Announces Famous Trials Course in Fall 2015

The Department of History announces a special offering of HIST 3070: Famous Trials in American History in Fall 2015.

Newspaper clipping on old trialThe course will explore some of our nation’s most significant and fascinating legal cases and trials that captured the nation when they occurred.

It will be taught by Justice Marc Kantrowitz, a Visiting Professor and Jurist in Residence at Ohio University in Fall 2015. Kantrowitz is a distinguished jurist, scholar, and author who has spent the past 20 years on the judicial bench in Massachusetts.

The course examines a series of cases, including: America’s most famous movie star being charged with murder, the unsolved murder of Hollywood’s number one director, a Harvard professor killing a wealthy icon, the brazen murder of America’s foremost architect, the first murder trial (involving a woman) under the new colonial government, the birth of state seizure law from an unlawful search of a glamorous Cleveland resident, and more.

HIST 3070 is a constituent course of the Making and Breaking the Law theme associated with the Center for Law, Justice & Culture.

It is scheduled on MW 7 to 8:20 p.m., and it has a projected enrollment of 28 students.

Justice Kantrowitz is an eminent scholar and legal professional with 30 years of experience as a trial attorney and judge, as well as impressive teaching experience at undergraduate and graduate levels at colleges and universities in Boston. He has authored more than 950 opinions as well as single-authored books on criminal law, juvenile law, evidence, and mental health, as well as articles on the LGBT rights movement and mandatory drug testing, as well as other topics. He earned a B.A. degree in History in 1972 and an M.A. degree in Political Science in 1974.

His Visiting Professorship is sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences, the departments of History and Political Science, and the Center for Law, Justice & Culture.


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