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Alan Dershowitz sure gets around the island

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / August 24, 2011

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Alan Dershowitz might want to consider suing Visa for trademark infringement. Why? Because it’s the Harvard Law professor who’s really everywhere you want to be. At least on Martha’s Vineyard. Seriously, spend a few days going to social gatherings on the island, and you’re certain to run into the ginger-haired Dersh, who’s like the bad penny of the party circuit. The day after we ran into him at Peter Norton’s place and, later, Peter and Melinda Farrelly’s party, he was back at it, hanging out with a group of Nobel Prize winners before joining a few friends at Patrick and Kristina Lyons’s spread in Chilmark. The next day, we again bumped into him at an event, held at the enormous compound of millionaire trial lawyer James Ferraro, honoring Morgan Freeman. (The host had several of the Oscar winner’s movies playing on large-screen TVs throughout the house.) Dershowitz and his wife, Carolyn Cohen, were there, chatting with others poolside and sampling some of the to-die-for apps prepped by party planner Patrie Grace and caterer Jaime Hamlin. The next night? A poker game at Peter and Ronni Simon’s house, where Dershowitz played Texas Hold ’em with “Curb Your Enthusiam’’ crank Larry David, filmmaker Farrelly, island insurance man Bob Mone, and Sox vice chairman David Ginsberg. (The big winner of the small-stakes game? Ronni Simon.) But the lawyer who’s helped everyone from Jim Bakker to Julian Assange doesn’t just go to parties on the island, sometimes he hosts them. Friday, Dershowitz and his wife are having friends over to their Chilmark home to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. In the wedding photo on the invite, Dershowitz is his mustachioed former self - looking more like the guy Ron Silver played in “Reversal of Fortune’’ than the one who shows up these days on CNN. The invite also includes a humorous list of his-and-her attributes that makes it clear the couple is well matched: She likes ribs, he likes ribbing; she’s a “shoe whore,’’ he’s a “party whore’’; she’s got class, he’s crass; she gives a hand, he “gives a finger.’’ The party sounds fun, but Dershowitz won’t be seeing us there. We weren’t invited.