Marc Kantrowitz , associate justice on the Massachusetts Appeals Court, author and 1978 alumnus of The University of Toledo College of Law, will explore some of the most notorious criminal cases in American history Thursday, March 20, at noon in the Law Center McQuade Law Auditorium.The free, public lecture, “Old Whiskey and Young Women: Tales of Once Famous Cases Now Nearly Forgotten,” is part of the College of Law’s Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series. In the lecture, Kantrowitz, who handled two dozen first-degree murder cases before joining the bench, brings to life infamous cases from the past. What these cases have in common is that they fascinated, if not repulsed, the entire nation when they occurred. Today, all are nearly forgotten.
“Many of the cases Justice Kantrowitz will discuss, such as the Sam Shepard murder trial, were once part of popular culture,” said Daniel J. Steinbock, dean of the College of Law. “Hearing about them should be of interest both to those who remember them and those looking to enter the legal profession today.”
Kantrowitz is one of the most highly published judges in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, having written books on Massachusetts criminal law, motor vehicle tort law, juvenile law, evidence and mental health, as well as numerous law-related articles. He teaches criminal trial advocacy at the Northeastern University School of Law. He also writes a monthly newspaper column titled “Law ’n History.”
From 1972 to 1985, Kantrowitz served in the United States Army Reserves, leaving as a captain in the Quartermaster Corps. From 1979 to 1985, he prosecuted cases as an assistant district attorney in Suffolk County, Massachusetts. From 1985 to 1995, he maintained his own practice in Boston, concentrating in civil and criminal litigation. In 1995, he was appointed as an associate justice of the Juvenile Court, where he sat for six years. Gov. Paul Cellucci named Kantrowitz to the Appeals Court in 2001.