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 Tigran W. Eldred

Tigran W. Eldred

Professor of Law


A.B. Georgetown University
J.D. Fordham University School of Law

Professor Eldred came to New England Law after teaching at New York University Law School, Hofstra University School of Law, and Lewis & Clark Law School and has served as a public defender, civil rights lawyer, and human rights advocate.

He was an attorney with The Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (Human Rights First), including service as a consultant for the Policing Program and as national outreach director, and with the Criminal Appeals Bureau and Federal Defender Division of the Legal Aid Society in New York and Brooklyn, NY, respectively.

Professor Eldred’s research explores the regulation and psychology of decision-making of lawyers in various contexts, including criminal law and legal ethics. He has published in the Hofstra Law Review, Rutgers Law Review, and Kansas Law Review, among others.

After graduating from law school, he clerked for the Hon. James L. Oakes, chief judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and was a Southern District pro se extern and litigation associate for Sullivan & Cromwell in New York. Eldred received a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, where he served as notes & commentary editor of the Fordham Law Review.

Professor Eldred is featured in two blogs, Behavioral Legal Ethics and Continuing Duty, which is devoted to "...ensuring that lawyers constitutionally and ethically act as the very best lawyers they can be, before, during, and after their representation has ended."

 Selected Publications

Insights from Psychology: Teaching Behavioral Legal Ethics as a Core Element of Professional Responsibility, in Mich. St. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2016)
Social Science Research Network

The Established Continuing Duty, in The Professional Lawyer (2017) (with David Siegel)

The Continuing Duty in Reality, in American Criminal Law Review Online (2015) (with David Siegel)
Social Science Research Network

Foreword: Essays on Gideon’s Army, 41 New Eng. J. on Crim. & Civ. Confinement 1 (2015) Link available here.

Motivation Matters: Guideline 10.13 and Other Mechanisms for Preventing Lawyers from Surrendering to Self-Interest in Responding to Allegations of Ineffective Assistance in Death Penalty Cases, 42 Hofstra L. Rev. 473 (2014)
Social Science Research Network

Fact and Fiction: The Hanging Judge by Michael Ponsor, 48 New Eng. L. Rev. On Remand 77 (2014) Book Review
On Remand

Exploring Tunnel Vision: A Review of Errol Morris, A Wilderness of Error, 16 Legal Ethics 390 (2013)

Prescriptions for Ethical Blindness: Improving Advocacy for Indigent Defendants in Criminal Cases, 65 Rutgers L. Rev. 333 (2012)
Social Science Research Network

The Psychology of Conflicts of Interest in Criminal Cases, 58 Ks. L. Rev. 43 (2009)
Social Science Research Network

The Lawyer's Duty of Public Service: More than Charity?, 96 W. Va. L. Rev. 368 (1994) with Thomas Schoenerr
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Amplifying Bose v. Consumers Union: The Proper Scope of De Novo Appellate Review in Public Person Defamation Actions, 57 Fordham L. Rev. 579 (1989) Link available here.

Professor Eldred can comment on the following subjects:

  • Criminal Law
  • Legal Ethics