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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 Tigran 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.

Professor Eldred was an attorney with the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, 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, New York, respectively.

His 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 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. Eldred received a JD from Fordham University School of Law, where he served as notes and commentary editor of the Fordham Law Review.

Professor Eldred shares also his insights via two blogs: Behavioral Legal Ethics and The Continuing Duty (with Professor David Siegel), 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.”

Scholarly Work

SSRN Profile:

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)

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)