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A conversation between Michael Tigar, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz & more (Watch: Rapoport Center)

A sanctuary marker

A sanctuary marker

“The federal courts should be a sanctuary in the jungle,” said Clarence Darrow, the famous lawyer in the “Scopes” Monkey Trial.

Legendary lawyer Michael Tigar took those words to heart. He hunted the jungle’s predators — the likes of Pinochet. He defended its prey — the likes of Lynne Stewart and Julian Assange. He gave counsel to Panthers like Angela Davis, and, as you just learned, briefly shared a cell with the likes of Bobby Seale.

During a book launch on April 23rd co-hosted by The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice and the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, Michael Tigar and friends offered an insider view on many of these groundbreaking cases, and a discussion of the countless fascinating stories relayed in his memoir Sensing Injustice. Like his book, it was an event rich with storytelling, moral philosophy, and humor.

You can click HERE or above to watch the event, starting with Jennifer Laurin and ending with Roger Reeves. Tigar traded stories and perspectives in conversation with:

  • Activist-scholar ROXANNE DUNBAR-ORTIZ
  • United States Circuit Judge PATRICK HIGGINBOTHAM
  • Wright C. Morrow Professor of Law JENNIFER LAURIN
  • Poet and Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing, ROGER REEVES
  • Moderated by KAREN ENGLE, Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law & Founder and Co-director, Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, University of Texas at Austin

Pick up a copy of Sensing Injustice and receive a free ebook, full with links to Michael Tigar’s legal arguments. Become a retroactive participant in the investigative research process that Tigar himself went through.

Sensing Injustice: A Lawyer's Life in the Battle for Change

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