Trial of Socrates (31/01/2013)


About the Trial
The most significant legal appeal in nearly 2,500 years will take place at the National Hellenic Museum on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 6:00 p.m., when we will re-try the biggest freedom of speech case of all times.

Judge Richard A. Posner presiding, William J. Bauer, former Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, and Anna Demacopoulos, Circuit Court Judge, and a jury of twelve distinguished citizens of Chicago, will decide the validity of these charges, admittedly of little interest to the defendant himself!

As a member of the audience, you will hear arguments by some of the country’s foremost legal minds.  Socrates will be defended by Dan Webb (Winston & Strawn) and Robert A. Clifford (Clifford Law Offices). Counsel for the City of Athens, former U.S. Attorney Pat Fitzgerald (Skadden, Arps) and former prosecutor Patrick M. Collins (Perkins Coie), will attempt to shed light on the age-old question: why must Athens, the birthplace of democracy, put to death a 70-year-old philosopher who exercised the fundamental right of freedom of speech?


Attending the Trial
Friends Circle includes: two invitations to Trial of Socrates,
to the reception immediately following, plus recognition
in the program book and on website.

To find out more information, please contact Director of Development Tula Gogolak at

One invitation to Trial of Socrates and to the reception immediately following.

One student invitation to Trial of Socrates. Must present valid school id.  Purchase tickets in the Museum store only.

Tickets to the trial are limited and are on sale now.