By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
The University of Oklahoma College of Law will host famed criminal defense attorney Dean A. Strang for a Q&A discussion on Monday, April 4. The event will be held at noon in the OU College of Law’s Dick Bell Courtroom, 300 Timberdell Road, in Norman.
Strang is best known for his role as defense attorney for Steven Avery in the widely popular Netflix original series “Making a Murderer.”
Filmed over a 10-year period, the 10-epidsode series tells the true crime story of Avery, who after spending 18 years in prison for sexual assault, was exonerated by DNA evidence. He had maintained that he was innocent.
As the story proceeds it exposes corruption in local law enforcement, however Avery finds himself the main suspect in another gruesome crime.
“We are both honored and excited to host Dean Strang at OU Law,” said OU College of Law Dean Joseph Harroz Jr. “His expertise in criminal defense is widely recognized and he will undoubtedly offer a unique perspective for our students when considering appropriate measures to take as advocates in the field of criminal defense.”
A practicing attorney in Madison, Wisconsin, Strang is also known for his first book, Worse than the Devil: Anarchists, Clarence Darrow, and Justice in a Time of Terror.
Strang served five years as Wisconsin’s first Federal Defender; he is shareholder in three of the state’s leading criminal defense firms (Hurley, Burish & Stanton, S.C., Fitzgerald & Strang, S.C. and Shellow, Shellow & Glynn, S.C.); and co-founder of 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. Strang is a member of the American Law Institute and serves on several charity boards, including the Wisconsin Innocence Project.
His second book is due out in early 2018. Strang earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and an A.B. from Dartmouth College.
On his website, Strang states, “I strive to offer what a client values most in a lawyer: good judgment, founded on listening to what the client really wants and needs, then I try to express that judgment through exceptional written work; integrity in encounters with clients and everyone involved in a case; and simple care.
“When this means taking the longer, harder route, I do that with a client. Shortcuts usually serve a lawyer’s comfort, not a client’s cause,” he continues. “And cutting corners serves neither the client nor the lawyer.”
Founded in 1909, the OU College of Law offers small sections and class sizes and a competent faculty with international expertise, along with a state-of-the-art facility equipped with the latest technology.
More than 500 students are enrolled in the OU Law juris doctor program, the John B. Turner Master of Laws Program, the master of legal studies program and various dual degree programs.
Limited seating is available for the event. Overflow seating will be available to the public in simulcast locations. Strang will briefly visit the simulcast rooms to answer questions following the main event.
For reservations to hear Dean Strang’s presentation or more information, including accommodations on the basis of disability, contact [email protected] or call 405-325-9175.
For more information about the OU College of Law, visit law.ou.edu.