Where Is Steven Avery's Lawyer, Dean Strang, Now?
The wildly-popular Netflix documentary Making a Murderer turned Steve Avery and Brendan Dassey into household names. The 10-part series explored Avery's murder case and, more broadly, the criminal justice system. Concerning the law and our legal system is where one of Avery's defense lawyers, Dean Strang, comes in. Part of Strang's job was to fight the state's case against Avery, which meant Strang got a lot of camera time throughout the documentary series. People haven't stopped talking about the case in recent months, so after focusing on Avery and Dassey, many are left wondering where is Dean Strang now?
By handling his case with confidence and, at times, some sass, Strang tugged on our "heart strangs" in each episode of Making a Murderer. Strang always threw out the best quotes — "If ever someone's bones are found 20 feet out my bedroom window in my backyard, I'm going to be a worried guy" — and he remained tirelessly dedicated to Avery's case with his fellow defense lawyer, Jerome Buting. After living in the limelight and having his life documented for the entire nation to binge-watch at their heart's desire, Strang is now trying to get back to his normal life. Here's what Dean Strang is up to today.
Teaching At Law School
Strang is an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison. Some of his courses include a discussion-based class called "Evidence," which explores how the entire litigation process in our criminal justice system is based on evidence. After working on Avery's case, it's safe to say Strang is more than qualified to teach graduate students in an upper-level course how to find evidence and how to present said evidence in front a jury. Strang also teaches a course on the many problems within the legal system, which he explores through the lens of social sciences and humanities. Sign me up!
Representing Strang Bradley LLC
Strang is a lawyer at Strang Bradley LLC in Madison, WI. Similar to Strang's approach on the Avery case, the Strang Bradley LLC is an "energetic and savvy firm" whose tagline is, "Defending people and organizations, one at a time." Strang works with three other lawyers — John H. Bradley, Rachel E. Bradley, and Kate A. Frigo — to bring justice to the people of Wisconsin as top-notch trial lawyers. On Strang's biography page, he touts his work ethic and his record of providing good judgement to all his clients, which we all saw throughout Making a Murderer.
When this means taking the longer, harder route, I do that with a client. Shortcuts usually serve a lawyer’s comfort, not a client’s cause. And cutting corners serves neither the client nor the lawyer.
Being A Millennial Heartthrob
Perhaps one of the most unexpected parts of partaking in this documentary was Strang becoming a heartthrob for twentysomethings everywhere. In an interview with Slate , Strang said people, particularly millennials, recognize him in the street and come up to talk to him. From comparing him to Coach Taylor of Friday Night Lightsto starting a blog (called StrangCore) dedicated to his fashion, Strang is now living as an icon and a major crush for millennials interested in the criminal justice system and, well, Dean Strang.
He's An Author
As if Strang hasn't been busy enough over the last ten years, in 2013 he found some time to write and publish a book. "Worse than the Devil: Anarchists, Clarence Darrow, and Justice in a Time of Terror" is Strang's book that criticizes American racism, as well as the corruption within our legal system. The book's summary on Amazon reveals that "Worse than the Devil" tells a compelling story of a case that was largely overlooked. (Hm, sounds familiar to Avery's case. Strang for justice!)
Days later, eleven alleged Italian anarchists went to trial on unrelated charges involving a fracas that had occurred two months before. Against the backdrop of World War I, and amidst a prevailing hatred and fear of radical immigrants, the Italians had an unfair trial. The specter of the larger, uncharged crime of the bombing haunted the proceedings and assured convictions of all eleven. Although Clarence Darrow led an appeal that gained freedom for most of the convicted, the celebrated lawyer's methods themselves were deeply suspect. The entire case left a dark, if hidden, stain on American justice.