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"Old Whiskey & Young Women: Tales of Once Famous Cases"
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College of Law
McQuade Law Auditorium
Thursday, March 20, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
College of Law
Rachel Phipps
 The University of Toledo College of Law Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series presents


Marc Kantrowitz ’78


Associate Justice on the Massachusetts Appeals Court, Historian, and Author


Old Whiskey and Young Women: Tales of Once Famous Cases Now Nearly Forgotten


 “Murder and mystery, society, sex and suspense were combined in this case in such a manner as to intrigue and captivate the public fancy to a degree perhaps unparalleled in recent annals.”


-- The Ohio Supreme Court in Ohio v. Sheppard, 165 Ohio St. 293, 294 (1956).


Justice Kantrowitz, who handled two dozen first-degree murder cases before joining the bench, will explore some of the most notorious cases in American history, including Ohio v. Sheppard. What these cases have in common is that they titillated, if not repulsed, the entire nation when they occurred. And today, all are nearly totally forgotten. Justice Kantrowitz, a prolific author, brings them to life in this lecture.


Free and open to the public. Pizza provided.




Justice 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 currently teaches criminal trial advocacy at Northeastern University School of Law. He also writes a monthly newspaper column titled "Law 'n History."


From 1972 to 1985, Justice 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. Governor Paul Cellucci named Justice Kantrowitz to the Appeals Court in 2001.


Justice Kantrowitz is a graduate of Ohio University and The University of Toledo College of Law.

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