MSU College of Law News
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2007
CONTACT: KATIE GALLAGHER
Geoffrey Fieger Discusses Being a Voice for the People, Changes in Civil Liberties and Interpretations of the Law
Famed Trial Attorney Addresses MSU Law Students, Alumni
EAST LANSING, MI – Geoffrey Fieger, an expert in trial practice, returned to his alma mater and the program he instituted last night to address MSU Law alums and current students. Fieger, MSU Law class of 1979, was the honorary speaker at the Law College’s Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute (TPI) Reunion & Annual Lecture Series.
Fieger engaged future trial attorneys in discussions on being a voice for all people and the dedication he has to gaining justice for his clients in the courtroom. He stressed the importance of the responsibility every individual, and especially trial attorneys, have to stand up for themselves and their clients. Fieger passed on his motto, which he delivers in the courtroom: “I am greedy. Greedy for justice.”
“Mr. Fieger did a remarkable job teaching our students and graduates the importance of dedication in practicing law,” John Pirich, director of the Fieger Trial Practice Institute said. “Hearing first hand from a famed trial attorney on his thoughts and inspiration that go into his trials is something the audience will undoubtedly take with them in their careers.”
Associate Director of the Law College’s Trial Advocacy Programs, Veronica Valentine McNally, added: “It was inspiring for the founder of the program to return to his alma mater and share his expertise with many students and alumni who share his passion for the law and justice.”
Other topics Fieger discussed: the importance of reading and understanding the news–on a local level and beyond; the erosion of civil liberties and how Americans may be exchanging freedom for safety; and the interpretation of the law by officers of the state and nation.
TPI offers a comprehensive set of programs aimed at bridging the law school experience with the practice of trial law in real-world settings, and includes the annual lecture series, which showcases nationally known trial lawyers.
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Geoffrey Fieger addresses the crowd at his alma mater, MSU College of Law.