The Lawyers’ Role in Resisting Trumpism: Combatting the Mythology of Racism, Sexism, Xenophobia and Homophobia
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
American University Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
Warren Building - Room NT07
Presentation by Michael E. Tigar
We can recognize stereotypes. After the recent election, we can perhaps recognize them more easily. Anytime somebody starts a sentence with “Those [fill in the blank here with an identifier such as radical, “illegal” alien],” we are about to hear a stereotype. Now, a stereotype may, in a given situation, be a permissible shortcut, a means to an analysis. More often, it is a way of jumping from the general to the specific without stopping to hear any evidence. In this lecture, Professor Tigar will discuss how lawyers confront can “stereotype thinking,” within themselves and in those who will decide our clients’ cases.
Professor Michael Tigar will draw on 50 years of experience as a human rights lawyer in talking about the necessary strategies and skills to combat “stereotype thinking.” He has argued seven cases before the US Supreme Court, and dozens of federal appeals. He is author or co-author of thirteen books, and is listed in John Vile's book Great American Lawyers as one of the 100 "great" lawyers in US history. In 1999, the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice held a poll for "Lawyer of the Century:" Tigar came in third, behind Clarence Darrow and Thurgood Marshall. Justice Brennan wrote about Mr. Tigar that his "tireless striving for justice stretches his arms towards perfection."
Presented by the UNROW Human Rights Impact Litigation Clinic