Michael E. Tigar has had a legendary career. While many know him as a high-profile defense attorney, that label does not begin to encapsulate his lifework. He is a relentless fighter of injustice – not only as a human rights lawyer, but as a teacher, scholar, journalist, playwright, and comrade.

This website offers a glimpse of Tigar’s career and life. It is organized around a digital collection of papers he donated to the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice and the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. It also includes excerpts from an oral history that the Rapoport Center conducted with him.

A variety of physical items donated by Tigar, along with the full oral history recordings, can be found at the Briscoe Center. If you would like to know more about the physical collection, please refer to the Briscoe’s online finding aid.

We hope you enjoy learning more about Tigar and his incredible work.