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05th Feb 2018

Making A Murder defence lawyer to guest lecture in UL later this month

Kate Demolder

His first lecture begins next week.

Making a Murderer defence lawyer Dean Strang is set to take up a position later this month as a guest lecturer at the University of Limerick (UL).

The Wisconsin attorney featured quite prominently in the 2015 Netflix documentary series, based on Steven Avery, who was convicted in 2007 of the murder of Teresa Halbach. He is currently serving a life sentence.

The show drew global audiences and shone a light on the US legal system.

Strang, who has visited Limerick before, will lead a six-week module of lectures at the UL law school starting on 10 February.

He said UL had given him “the chance of a lifetime: to immerse myself in an Irish law school for nearly two months, and to learn about how law is taught and lived in Ireland”.

“I will have chances to hear and meet Irish students, professors, lawyers and judges and to consider questions that daily law practice either crowds out or omits,” he added.

Mr Strang is set to kick off his time in UL with a public conversation on the role of the defence lawyer, entitled How Can You Defend Those People? and will be joined by Mark Nicholas, a Senior Counsel and an expert in criminal law and will provide insight from an Irish perspective.

A question and answer session with Dean Strang, Mark Nicholas and audience members will then follow. Tickets are on sale here.

Professor Shane Kilcommins, Head of the School of Law, University of Limerick, welcomed the announcement, saying: “Dean Strang has a unique perspective on the US legal system and a very valuable contribution to make to our understanding of the relationship between the legal profession and the citizen.

“His last visit to Ireland provoked a lot of interest and discussion – I am delighted that law students at UL will have the opportunity to learn from Strang’s insights and to share with him their legal perspectives from Ireland and Europe.

“I’m confident that the interaction will be a rich one.”

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