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KNOXVILLE –- Nationally renowned attorney Michael Tigar — whose clients have included Terry Nichols, Angela Davis and Allen Ginsburg — will give the College of Law Founder’s Lecture on Oct. 31 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Sponsored by the college’s Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution, the lecture begins at 12:15 p.m. in Room 132 of the law building, 1505 W. Cumberland Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

Tigar’s lecture, “Does Advocacy Make a Difference?”, is based upon a chapter from “Trial Advocacy Stories,” a book that he co-authored, which uses the Vioxx drug litigation as a backdrop.

Tigar is best known for his defense of Terry Nichols, Timothy McVeigh’s co-defendant in charges arising from the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. In addition to his successes as a trial lawyer, he has argued seven cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and almost 100 federal appeals courts.

A graduate of the University of California-Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law, Tigar’s other notable clients have included H. Rap Brown, John Connally and Kay Bailey Hutchison. He also has held faculty positions at several law schools, including American University in Washington, D.C., and the University of Texas. He is currently a visiting professor at Duke University.

He is the author or co-author of 10 books, three plays on famous trials, and scores of articles and essays. He has written extensively about litigation, aspects of trial practice, criminal law, the death penalty and the role of the criminal defense lawyer. His books include “Fighting Injustice,” “Federal Appeals: Jurisdiction and Practice” and “Examining Witnesses.” Throughout his career, Tigar has been active in pro bono cases, the American Bar Association, continuing legal education programs and international human rights. During the apartheid period, he went to South Africa to train black lawyers.

The Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution seeks to improve the training of litigators through the College of Law curriculum, faculty and student scholarship, and presentations for the legal community and the general public.


Amy Blakely, (865) 974-5034, amy.blakely@tennessee.edu