Harvey Silverglate is a criminal defense, students’ rights, media rights, 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 is a frequent columnist who has written for the Cato Supreme Court Review, The Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, New York Times Book Review, Harvard Law Review, WGBH/News, 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 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. He is an Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute.