Harvey Silverglate is a criminal defense and civil liberties trial and appellate lawyer who, after several decades heading up his own firm, now practices in an “of counsel” capacity to the Boston law firm of Zalkind, Duncan & Bernstein LLP. He graduated from Princeton University in 1964 and Harvard Law School in 1967.
Silverglate has written for the Cato Supreme Court Review, The Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, New York Times Book Review, Harvard Law Review, and the now-defunct legendary alternative weekly The Boston Phoenix.
He is the author of two books: The Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty on America’s Campuses, co-authored with Professor Alan Charles Kors; and Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent.
He is a co-founder and former Chairman of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and he served for three decades on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Massachusetts, serving as Board President for two of those years.
Silverglate co-founded, with Professor Kors, The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, more commonly known as FIRE, where he remains a member of the Board of Directors.
The Human Face Behind The Stan Rosenberg Tragedy"Public opinion is a compound of folly, weakness, prejudice, wrong feeling, right feeling, obstinacy, and newspaper paragraphs."—Robert Peel
The Colorado Wedding Cake Case: A Gay Couple Versus A Principled BakerThe question under review by the U.S. Supreme court sounds deceptively simple, yet the 14th Amendment protects each party.
Going After Trump's Lawyer Michael Cohen: When Pursuit Becomes A Blood SportThe Manhattan United States Attorney’s Office’s remarkable raid of the law office and home of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, is an affront to the rule of law. But it is hardly surprising. It simply confirms a fact about the federal law enforcement apparatus: the DOJ and FBI will stop at nothing to land the ultimate target of an investigation, whether it be Donald Trump or any other American citizen. All of us will learn what the inhabitants of George Orwell’s world in Nineteen Eighty Four figured out from experience: Resistance is futile.
Justice Calling On Boston Calling: The Case Of Sullivan And BrissetteCharles Dickens might as well have been talking about the federal extortion prosecution of Marty Walsh aides Kenneth Brissette and Timothy Sullivan when he penned those immortal words uttered by Mr. Bumble in Oliver Twist:
When The Criminal Justice System Can't Admit A Mistake: The James Rodwell CaseBig institutions hate to admit when they are wrong. Big government is as bad as big business. But when the criminal justice system balks at admitting error, the very soul of our society bleeds.
Trump, Comey and Mueller: A Morality Play in Many Acts“I mean – hell, I been surprised how sane you guys are,” intoned R. P. McMurphy in Ken Kesey’s classic, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. “As near as I can tell you’re not any crazier than the average asshole in the street.”