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Michael Vitiello

E-mail address: mvitiello@pacific.edu

Photo - Michael Vitiello Michael Vitiello is a Distinguished Professorof Law at McGeorge School of Law. A nationally-recognized expert on criminal law, Professor Vitiello’s many articles appear in leading journals, and his work is widely cited by scholars around the country. He is particularly well-known for his expertise on matters involving sentencing reform, and his analysis of the legal issues that would arise from the legalization of marijuana.

 

Michael R. Fontham

E-mail address: mfontham@stonepigman.com

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Mr. Fontham joined the New Orleans law firm of Stone Pigman in 1971 and is a member of the firm, where he chairs the regulatory practice group. He was admitted to the Louisiana bar in 1971. Mr. Fontham received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1971. He was selected to the Order of the Coif and was a member of the Virginia Law Review, 1969-71. He received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University in 1968.

Mr. Fontham is an active teacher, author and lecturer. He was a visiting professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, 1982-83. He currently teaches as an adjunct professor of law at the Tulane University and Louisiana State University law schools and has three times received the Monte Lemann Award at Tulane for distinguished teaching. Mr. Fontham is an instructor in the Trial Advocacy Institute at the University of Virginia and has been an instructor in the Trial Advocacy Program at Tulane, skills courses at Loyola University School of Law, and the LSU Bar Review.

Mr. Fontham is the author of Trial Technique and Evidence (2d ed., Lexis Nexis, 2002) (3d ed., NITA, 2008) and is the lead author of Persuasive Written and Oral Advocacy: In Trial and Appellate Courts (Aspen, 2007), an extensive revision and expansion of his Written and Oral Advocacy (Wiley, 1985). He has written a number of articles and delivered numerous lectures on trial and appellate advocacy, evidence, utility regulation and civil rights issues.

Mr. Fontham has been named to The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of appellate law and energy law, Chambers U.S.A. America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the field of public utility law and Super Lawyers.