Paul Figley

Associate Director of Legal Rhetoric
Legal Rhetoric Instructor

Office: Room 129B
Phone: 202-274-4316
E-mail: vCard


Paul Figley joined the faculty of the Washington College of Law in the Fall of 2006. He is the Associate Director of the Legal Writing and Rhetoric Program. Professor Figley has taught Legal Rhetoric, first year Torts, and upper level Advanced Lawyering Skills: Tort Litigation. He serves on the Advisory Board of the ADMINISTRATIVE LAW REVIEW. He was named Washington College of Law Professor of the Year for 2012-13.

Professor Figley has presented at scholarly symposia and conferences and taught writing workshops to national organizations and government agencies. He has written for national legal writing publications. He has also published articles in scholarly journals and a book, A Guide to the Federal Tort Claims Act (ABA, 2012).

Professor Figley was a U.S. Department of Justice litigator for three decades. During his last fifteen years he served as Deputy Director in the Torts Branch of the Civil Division. At Justice, Professor Figley represented the United States and its agencies in appellate and district court litigation involving torts, national security, and information law.

Professor Figley is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College and Southern Methodist University School of Law, where he was Leading Articles Editor for the Journal of Air Law & Commerce.



Currently Teaching

Areas of Specialization

  • Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research
  • Litigation
  • Litigation Against the Federal Government
  • Torts and Compensation Systems

Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., Southern Methodist University School of Law
  • B.A., Franklin & Marshall College