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National Crime Victim Law Institute

A Conversation with Attorney Joshua Safran, JD About the Victimization & the Shifting Nature of Identity in the Criminal Justice System

Date: 12:10pm - 1:30pm PST March 3, 2014 Location: Lewis & Clark Law School: Classroom 8

Lewis & Clark Law School: Classroom 8

Joshua Safran is an attorney who is featured in the Film Crime After Crime and Author of Free Spirit, a memoir about his childhood

Mr. Safran will join us to present excerpts of his film and memoir.  Audiences were first introduced to attorney and author Joshua Safran in the critically acclaimed 2011 documentary Crime After Crime (Sundance, Oprah Winfrey Network) which chronicled his seven-year struggle to free a battered woman from prison. The story profiled Safran’s pro bono work and his commitment to helping survivors of domestic violence. What wasn’t told in the film was just as dramatic and heartbreaking: Safran’s own story which in no small measure explains why he took on this case in the first place.

Now in FREE SPIRIT: Growing Up On the Road and Off the Grid (Hyperion/Hachette) Safran has written a viscerally powerful and eloquent memoir that shows the darker side of The Age of Aquarius. Safran recounts hitchhiking across the American West with his wiccan revolutionary mother and standing up to his violent, alcoholic, guerilla-fighter stepfather.  His story reveals how he overcame adversity, reconnected to his Jewish heritage, and became a lawyer. Come see why Safran has received national media attention and multiple awards for his pro bono work and why Publishers Weekly called Safran’s book “reminiscent of David Sedaris’s and Augusten Burroughs’s best work: introspective, hilarious, and heartbreaking.”