Total Credits: 3 including 1 Ethics
Few legends of the trial bar are as inspiring as Michael Tigar. He has done trials and appeals in two dozen states, written a dozen books and scores of articles on advocacy, and taught at law schools in the US and abroad. He does not ruminate about past glories. He uses his experience and skill to illuminate the tactics and strategies that he uses in cases today, and that you too can learn and apply.
Even though more than 90% of our cases are settled, you cannot reach a fair settlement of a case you are not ready to try. Michael Tigar brings 50 years of experience, teaching and writing to this innovative presentation. Hear some new insights on lawyering, backed up with social science research that shows the correlation between mastering the craft of advocacy and financial success for clients and their counsel. If you wonder whether Michael Tigar might have some ideas you can use, put his name into your favorite internet search engine.
Artists understand how to present complex ideas in an easily digestible manner—to focus your attention on the important theme or story within the broader landscape. Tigar summons the works of great painters, poets and philosophers to give you a wealth of inspiration for defining the theory (not theories) of your case.
Witnesses can be fickle … memory too. Combined, they invite confusion at best and they can be a catalyst for catastrophe. Tigar offers practical, courtroom-proven tactics for preparing your witnesses and for preparing yourself to examine — direct and cross — with precision and clarity.
Ethical rules of are of course the basis for professional discipline. However, they are also guideposts for professional success. Michael exposes some subtle traps worthy of attention and goes further to explain how to incorporate the rules into your routine as a constructive and powerful force.
“Michael Tigar's tireless striving for justice stretches his arms toward perfection.”
William Brennan, Jr.
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court 1956-90
Michael Tigar is Emeritus Professor of the Practice of Law at Duke University Law School and Professor Emeritus at American University’s Washington College of Law. He has also held full-time academic positions at UCLA and the University of Texas.
He is a 1966 graduate of Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley, where he was first in his class, law review editor- in-chief and Order of the Coif.
Tigar has authored or co-authored 13 books, three plays and scores of articles and essays. He has argued seven cases in the Supreme Court of the United States, about 100 federal appeals, and has tried cases in all parts of the country in state and federal courts. His books, Mythologies of State and Monopoly Power, Nine Principles of Litigation, Thinking About Terrorism, Fighting Injustice (his memoir), Examining Witnesses and Persuasion are all available from P.E.G.
His clients have included Angela Davis, H. Rap Brown, John Connally, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, The Washington Post, Fantasy Films, Terry Nichols, Allen Ginsberg, Leonard Peltier, Fernando Chavez and Lynne Stewart. He is a past chair of the 60,000 member American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation and a past chair of the Board of Directors of the Texas Resource Center for Capital Litigation.
In his teaching, he has worked with law students in clinical programs where students are counsel or law clerks in significant human rights litigation. He has made several trips to South Africa, working with organizations of African lawyers engaged in the struggle to end apartheid, and after the release of Nelson Mandela from prison, to lecture on human rights issues and to advise the African National Congress on issues in drafting a new constitution. He has been actively involved in efforts to bring to justice members of the Chilean junta, including former President Pinochet.
In 1999, the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice held a ballot for “Lawyer of the Century.” Tigar was third in the balloting, behind Clarence Darrow and Thurgood Marshall. In 2003, the Texas Civil Rights Project named its new building in Austin, Texas, (purchased with a gift from attorney Wayne Reaud) the “Michael Tigar Human Rights Center.”
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