Alan Dershowitz

Alan Dershowitz was born on September 1, 1938, in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Raised an Orthodox Jew, Dershowitz graduated from Brooklyn College in 1959 and went on to graduate first in his class from Yale Law ... Read more »
Born: 09/01/1938 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (40)

America: Imagine A World Without Her 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

The People vs. O.J. Simpson: What the Jury Never Heard 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Interviewee

Thought Crimes 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

A Lawyer Walks into a Bar 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Refusenik 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Transcendent Man 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Jimmy Carter Man from Plains 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Lake of Fire 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ever Again 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Inside Deep Throat 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Call It Democracy 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

America Responds: A National Conversation 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Claus Von Bulow: The E! True Hollywood Story 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

First Monday 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Osama Bin Laden on Trial 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Rivera Live 1993 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

It's Not My Fault: Strange Defenses 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Justice For Sale 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Reckless Indifference 2000 (Movie)

Himself--Attorney (Actor)

The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Claus Von Bulow: A Reasonable Doubt 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Von Bulow: A Wealth of Evidence 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Lateline 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Picket Fences 1994 - 1995, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spin City 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sick of Victims? 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The O.J. Civil Trial 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Firing Line Special Debate (03/24/95) 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Rape on Trial 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Shock Video 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The People vs. O.J. Simpson 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Trial by Television 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Living in America 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Whose Side Are You On? (07/26/91) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Sex, Violence and Values: Changing Images 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Dream On (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (2)

Reversal of Fortune 1990 (Movie)

(Book as Source Material)

The Advocate's Devil (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)
Other (2)

Shannon's Deal (TV Show)

Consultant

The Defenders: Payback (TV Show)

Consultant

Biography

Alan Dershowitz was born on September 1, 1938, in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Raised an Orthodox Jew, Dershowitz graduated from Brooklyn College in 1959 and went on to graduate first in his class from Yale Law School in 1962. He served a clerk to the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for a year, then as clerk of Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg during the 1963-64 term. In 1964, he became assistant professor at Harvard Law School, and became full professor in 1967; at the time, he was the youngest full professor of law in the school's history. Dershowitz described himself as a lawyer of last resort and only accepted cases he felt were challenging and precedent setting, mostly in criminal defense. He represented many high-profile defendants in his legal career, either as a defense attorney or consultant, including Patty Hearst, Harry Reems, Leona Helmsley, Mike Tyson, Michael Milken, OJ Simpson, and Julian Assange. One of Dershowitz's most renowned cases was his appellate defense of socialite Claus von Bulow, convicted of the attempted murder of his wealthy wife Sunny, who had slipped into a coma under mysterious circumstances. His appeal was successful in overturning von Bulow's conviction, and the attorney published his account of the trial in the book <i>Reversal of Fortune: Inside the von Bulow Case</i>, published in 1985 and adapted into the 1990 film "Reversal of Fortune." Over his career, Dershowitz wrote dozens of books (both fiction and non-fiction) and made innumerable appearances on TV news programs as a legal pundit. He retired from teaching at Harvard in 2013. In his later years, Dershowitz devoted a good deal of his time and energy to finding a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

EDUCATION

School of Law, Yale University

1962

Brooklyn College

1959

Bonus Trivia

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Because of his status as tenured Professor, Dershowitz doesn't need to try cases, and the ones he takes are usually appellate criminal cases.

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