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Texas Law Review

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In his eloquent apologia, Defending,' Professor Michael Tigar joins other celebrated criminal defense lawyers, like Clarence Darrow and Edward Bennett Williams, who made a particular effort to explain publicly their essential role in the American system of justice. This role includes representing not just the despised but the despicable, not just the damned but the damnable. Perhaps the only lawyer who was able to earn a universally good reputation as a zealous defense lawyer by representing only an innocent defendant was Atticus Finch-and he, of course, was fictitious.