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State of Democracy Lecture: Dean Strang

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Dean Strang, trial lawyer for "Making a Murderer" defendant Steven Avery, to speak at Syracuse University's Maxwell SchoolThe Maxwell School’s State of Democracy Lecture Series is proud to welcome Dean Strang for a discussion “Humility in Criminal Justice: What it Would Invite Us to Reconsider,” on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 4 pm at Syracuse University’s Hendricks Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.RSVP is strongly recommended.

As a lawyer for accused murderer and rapist Steven Avery in the hit Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer,” Dean Strang emerged as one of the heroes of the story.  He will draw on that experience to discuss criminal justice, and will take questions from the audience about the case and the series.Dean A. Strang is a lawyer in Madison, Wisconsin. In addition to his work as one of Steven Avery's trial lawyers, he is best known for his first book, "Worse Than the Devil: Anarchists, Clarence Darrow, and Justice in a Time of Terror." Mr. Strang served five years as Wisconsin’s first Federal Defender and cofounded StrangBradley, LLC. He is an adjunct professor at Marquette University Law School, the University of Wisconsin Law School, and University of Wisconsin's Division of Continuing Studies. Mr. Strang is a member of the American Law Institute and serves on several charity boards, including the Wisconsin Innocence Project. His second book will be published in early 2018.

The State of Democracy Lecture Series is a centerpiece of the Maxwell School’s public event offerings. It is dedicated to providing a forum for meaningful discussions of pressing public issues—both current and long-standing—which cut across disciplinary boundaries. The series enables the intellectual exploration of real-world challenges and fosters continuing discussion and debate, which is at the heart of meaningful democratic citizenship.

If you would like more information about this event, please contact Bethany Walawender at or 315.443.5850.
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