Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, civil libertarians have been sharply divided into two camps of thought. Those two camps will have a chance to put forth their cases at an upcoming Ford Hall Forum.
Representing the perspective that the Bill of Rights is a timeless document, suitable for all seasons, will be Harvey Silverglate, a partner in the Boston firm Silverglate & Good, who has specialized in the defense of criminal prosecutions and the litigation of civil liberties matters for more than 30 years. Silverglate is the civil liberties columnist for the Boston Phoenix and the National Law Journal.
In the opposing camp, which believes that some compromises can and should be made, will be Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law professor and noted appellate lawyer and author. Dershowitz, a regular on the TV talk circuit and frequent lecturer on legal and religious issues, is the author of the recent book "Shouting Fire: Civil Liberties in a Turbulent Age."
The two will face off on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Old South Meeting House. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (617) 373-5800.