Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

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Martin Garbus, Preeminent Trial Lawyer and First Amendment Expert, in "Conversation" at Southwestern December 22, 2010
Martin Garbus, Preeminent Trial Lawyer and First Amendment Expert, in "Conversation" at Southwestern

Martin Garbus, the renowned trial lawyer and First Amendment expert, will be the first guest of the 2010-2011 "Conversation With..." Series presented by Southwestern's Biederman Institute, co-sponsored by the the Beverly Hills Bar Association and the LACBA's Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Section (ELIPS). The conversation with Biederman Institute Director Steven Krone, and subsequent reception, will be held on Tuesday, January 11 at 7:30 p.m. on the Southwestern campus.

As one of the country's leading trial attorneys, Mr. Garbus has been at the forefront of some of the most important and high-profile matters of the last five decades - ranging from landmark Supreme Court cases such as Goldberg v. Kelly and Jacobellis v. Ohio; to representation of leading entertainment figures such as Lenny Bruce, Al Pacino and Spike Lee; to advocacy on behalf of political dissidents such as Nelson Mandela, Vaclav Havel, Daniel Ellsberg and Andrei Sakharov.

"Marty is an extraordinary lawyer who has literally made history for decades - yet continues to operate on the cutting edge," Professor Krone remarked.  "I am very excited about the opportunity to talk with him and share his experience and insights with our audience."

Mr. Garbus has represented his commercial and criminal clients in both the courts and the public media. An expert in every aspect of litigation and trial, from jury selection to cross-examination to summation, his cases have established new legal precedents in the U.S. Supreme Court as well as trial and appellate courts throughout the nation.

Among his numerous career accomplishments and distinctions, Mr. Garbus has served as Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, Co-Director of the Columbia University Center on Social Policy, and Chairman of the Board of the Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee. He was also the subject of the 2009 HBO documentary Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech.

Mr. Garbus, who taught trial practice at Yale Law School and Constitutional law at Columbia, as well as in Beijing, China and Prague, Czech Republic, is the author of six books and numerous articles, which have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and in legal publications. He has given hundreds of talks on various aspects of law before Bar Associations, corporations, law schools and CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN and other television and radio networks. A graduate of Hunter College and New York University Law School, Mr. Garbus is a member of the New York State Bar.

The free event will offer one hour of CLE credit and be held in the law school's Bullocks Wilshire Building, 3050 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles. Reservations are requested and can be made by contacting the Biederman Institute. Campus parking is available for $6. Click here for a map and directions.

Additional speakers for the 2010-2011 "A Conversation With..." Series include: Jim Perzik, General Counsel of the Los Angeles Lakers (February 17); Michael Sitrick, Chairman & CEO of Sitrick And Company, the preeminent crisis public relations firm (March 3); Jonathan Handel, Hollywood Reporter labor correspondent and author of Hollywood on Strike! (April 12); and Warren Lieberfarb, Chairman of Warren N. Lieberfarb & Associates and "The Father of DVD" (May - exact date TBA). Additional information will be posted online as it become available.