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 Tigran W. Eldred

Tigran W. Eldred

Associate 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 criminal cases, with emphasis on the Sixth Amendment right to effective assistance of counsel. He has published in the Kansas Law Review and the West Virginia Law Review.

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 and earned the highest graduating grade point average.

 Selected Publications

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)
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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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Professor Eldred can comment on the following subjects:

  • Criminal Law
  • Legal Ethics