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HARVEY A. SILVERGLATE is counsel to Boston’s Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP, specializing in criminal defense, civil liberties, and academic freedom/student rights law. He is a co-founder and a board member of FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) and is a regular columnist for The Boston Phoenix. Silverglate has been published in the National Law Journal, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times Book Review, and elsewhere. He is author of The Shadow University with Alan Charles Kors.
The average professional in this country wakes up in the morning, goes to work, comes home, eats dinner, and then goes to sleep, unaware that he or she has likely committed several federal crimes that day. Why? The answer lies in the very nature of modern federal criminal laws, which have exploded in number but also become impossibly broad and vague.