Harvey Silverglate

By July 30, 2013

Co-founder and Chairman

 

Harvey Silverglate was born in New York (1942) and was educated at Bogota (N.J.) High School (1960), Princeton University (1964), and Harvard Law School (1967).

As Counsel to Boston’s Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP, Silverglate specializes in criminal defense, civil liberties, and academic freedom/student rights law. He has assisted students in trouble since 1969, when he represented student anti-war protesters on trial. He has taught at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School (a public secondary school), the University of Massachusetts College III (in Boston), and Harvard Law School. Silverglate has also served on the Board of the ACLU of Massachusetts for over three decades, including two terms as Board president. He is a long-time affiliate of Harvard College’s Dunster House, where he conducts student “law tables.”

long-time regular columnist for The Boston Phoenix, Silverglate has been published in The National Law JournalInc. magazine, The Wall Street JournalThe Boston GlobeThe Boston HeraldThe Philadelphia InquirerHarvard Law ReviewThe New York Times Book ReviewMassachusetts Lawyers WeeklyHarvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law ReviewMedia Studies JournalCato JournalCato Supreme Court Review, Wilson QuarterlyThe Chronicle of Higher EducationReason magazine, and elsewhere. Silverglate is also the author of The Shadow University (with Alan Charles Kors, 1998) andThree Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent (2009). He has lectured and debated at the Ford Hall Forum, the oldest independent forum in the nation devoted to free speech.

Silverglate chaired the Independent Privacy Board of Predictive Networks, Inc., from 2000 until 2002. Earlier, he was litigation counsel for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, advocating freedom in cyberspace.He is an Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute.

Silverglate lives with his wife, portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman, in Cambridge. They have a son, Isaac.

 

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