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Tigran W. Eldred
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Areas of Expertise
  • Professional Responsibility (Lawyers)
  • Legal Ethics
  • Law School Pedagogy
  • Death Penalty
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Attorney-Client Privilege

Tigran W. Eldred

Professor of Law


JD, Fordham University School of Law
AB, Georgetown University

Professional Background

Professor Eldred came to New England Law | Boston 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.

After graduating from law school, he clerked for the Honorable James L. Oakes, Chief Judge, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and was a Southern District pro se extern and litigation associate for Sullivan & Cromwell in New York. 

Professor Eldred was an attorney with the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, serving as a consultant for the policing programs and as national outreach director, and with the Criminal Appeals Bureau and Federal Defender Division of the Legal Aid Society in New York City and Brooklyn, New York.

Featured Publications

Book Review of Gideon’s Promise: A Public Defender Movement to Transform Criminal Justice, Rutgers Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books (2023)

Revisiting Stanley Milgram’s Obedience to Authority: An Engaged Followership Perspective on Legal Ethics, Leading Works in Legal Ethics (2023)

Motivated Reasoning and Legal Ethics, June 2021 PLI Chronicle: Insights and Perspectives for the Legal Community (2021)

Beyond the Rules: Behavioral Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility, West Academy Publishing (co-author) (2021)

Judicial Impartiality in an Empirical Era, 70 Florida Law Review Forum 130 (2019)

The Continuing Duty in Reality, 55 American Criminal Law Review Online 63 (2018) (with David Siegel)

The Established Continuing Duty, 25 The Professional Lawyer 3 (2018) (Vol. 1) (with David Siegel)

Lead Plaintiff in State Street Overbilling Probe Hires Own Counsel but Stays in Case, (2018)

Moral Courage in Indigent Defense, 51 New England Law Review (2017)

Insights from Psychology: Teaching Behavioral Legal Ethics as a Core Element of Professional Responsibility, 2016 Michigan State Law Review 757 (2016)

Foreword: Essays on Gideon’s Army, 41 New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement 1 (2015)

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 Law Review 473 (2014)

Fact and Fiction: The Hanging Judge by Michael Ponsor, 48 New England Law Review On Remand 77 (2014) Book Review

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 Law Review 333 (2012)

The Psychology of Conflicts of Interest in Criminal Cases, 58 Kansas Law Review 43 (2009)

The Lawyer’s Duty of Public Service: More than Charity?, 96 West Virginia Law Review 368 (1994) with Thomas Schoenerr

Amplifying Bose v. Consumers Union: The Proper Scope of De Novo Appellate Review in Public Person Defamation Actions, 57 Fordham Law Review 579 (1989)