CLE: Famous Trials: The Not-So-Perfect Crime of Leopold and Loeb

Thursday, July 20, 2017

4:00-5:00 p.m.


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The Not-So-Perfect Crime of Leopold and Loeb dramatizes the closing arguments made at the sentencing hearing for Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, two University of Chicago students accused of committing the “Crime of the Century” in 1924. 

In 1924, the “Crime of the Century” took place in Chicago. Two University of Chicago graduates–Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, both from wealthy and prominent families–brutally murdered 14-year-old Bobby Franks on South Ellis Street in Hyde Park. The two were apprehended and tried at the old Cook County Courts Building (which still stands at 54 West Hubbard). Their lawyer, Clarence Darrow, to everyone’s surprise, pleaded them guilty to murder and kidnapping.  He then put on an extensive evidentiary presentation (lasting a month) and argued to Judge John R. Caverly for mercy and life in prison. State’s Attorney, Bob Crowe, argued for the gallows. After two weeks of deliberation, Judge Caverly chose to sentence the pair to life in prison.

In 2004, Todd Parkhurst, Scott Petersen ’72, and William Hannay wrote a one-act play titled "Pleading for the Future." dramatizing the closing arguments made at the sentencing hearing of Darrow and Crowe.

This program is eligible for 1.25 hours of general IL MCLE credit.


Todd Parkhurst, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale

Scott Peterson '72, Holland & Knight

William Hannay, Schiff Hardin, LLP

*Due to a scheduling conflict, Professor Ralph Brill will be unavailable to participate in the CLE, as previously planned.


Thursday, July 20, 2017


4:00 - 5:00 p.m.


Chicago-Kent College of Law

Ogilvie Auditorium

565 W. Adams St.

Chicago, IL 


This event is free and open to the public.


Office of Continuing Legal Education