Paul J. Zwier II is one of the nation's most distinguished professors of advocacy and skills training. As director of the Advocacy Skills Program, director of Emory’s Program for International Advocacy and Dispute Resolution, and a professor of law, Professor Zwier comes to Emory from the University of Tennessee Law School. At UT he was professor of law and director of the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution.
Professor Zwier is the former director of Public Education for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and has taught and designed public and in-house skills programs in trial advocacy, appellate advocacy, advocacy in mediation, motion practice, negotiations, legal strategy, e-discovery, supervisory and leadership skills, and expert testimony at deposition and trial for more than 20 years.
Professor Zwier has taught advocacy skills to international lawyers and judges in Arusha, Tanzania, (ITCR); Den Hague, Netherlands (ICC); YaKaterinburg, Russia, Mexico City, Mexico; Quito, Ecuador; Monrovia, Liberia; Nairobi, Kenya; Tbilisi, Georgia; Northern Ireland; Scotland; England; Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing, China and led seminars in negotiation and dispute resolution for black South African lawyers as part of a State Department program. In 1998, Zwier received NITA's Prentice Marshall Award.
He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Principled Negotiation on an International Stage: Talking with Evil, Cambridge University Press (2013); History, Creative Imagination, and Forgiveness in Mediation on an International Stage: Practical Lessons from Paul Ricoeur’s Hermeneutics, Journal of Law and Religion, available on CJO2015. doi:10.1017/jlr.2015.4:Moving From an Inquisitorial to an Oral Adversarial System in Mexico: Jurisprudential, Criminal Procedure, Evidence Law and Trial Advocacy Implications, 26 Emory International Law Review 189 (2012) (with Alexander Barney); Torts: Cases, Problems, and Exercises 4th ed. (LexisNexis, 2013) (with Weaver, Bauman, Cross, Klein, Martin); Mastering Torts (North Carolina Press, 2009); Fact Investigation: A Practical Guide to Interviewing, Counseling, and Case Theory Development, (with Bocchino) (NITA, 2015);Supervisory and Leadership Skills in the Modern Law Practice (NITA 2006); Legal Strategy (NITA, 2006); Effective Expert Testimony, 3d. (NITA, 2013) (with Malone); Advanced Negotiation and Mediation Theory and Practice (2d.) (with Guernsey) (NITA, 2015); Looking to 'Ground Motive' for a Religious Foundation for Law, 54 Emory Law Journal 357 (2005); and The Utility of a Nonconsequentialist Rationale for Civil-Jury-Awarded Punitive Damages, 54 Kansas Law Review 403 (2006). He has made professional presentations and consulted with dozens of law firms and other organizations. In addition to torts, Zwier teaches evidence, advanced trial advocacy, and an advanced negotiation seminar.
Education: JD, Pepperdine University, 1979; LLM, Temple University, 1981; BA, Calvin College, 1976
Fact Investigation: A Practical Guide to Interviewing, Counseling, and Case Theory Development (2nd ed., LexisNexis 2015) (with Anthony J. Bocchino)
Principled Negotiation and Mediation in the International Arena: Talking With Evil (Cambridge University Press, 2013).
Torts: Cases, Problems, and Exercises, 4th. ed. (LexisNexis, 2013) (with Weaver, Bauman, Cross, Klein, Martin).
Torts: Cases, Problems, and Exercises, 2d ed. Teacher’s Manual, (LexisNexis, 2005) (with Weaver, Bauman, Cross, Klein, Martin).
Mastering Torts, (North Carolina Academic Press 2009) (with Weaver, Bauman, Cross, Klein, Martin).
Effective Expert Testimony, 3d ed. (NITA, 2013)(with Malone) Legal Strategy, (NITA 2005).
Teaching Legal Strategy (NITA 2005)(with Siemer and Rothschild).
Advanced Negotiation and Mediation Theory and Practice (NITA, 2005) (with Guernsey).
"Moving From an Inquisitorial to an Oral Adversarial System in Mexico: Jurisprudential, Criminal Procedure, Evidence Law and Trial Advocacy Implications," 26 Emory Journal of International and Comparative Law 189 (2012)(with Alexander Barney).
"The Utility of a Nonconsequentialist Rationale for Civil Jury Awarded Punitive Damages," 54 Kansas Law Review 403 (2006).
"Looking to Ground Motives for a Religious Foundation for Law," 54 Emory Law Journal 357 (2005).
- Consultant, The Carter Center (TCC), since 2004
- Director of NITA/Emory Deposition Program, (December 2012-)
"The China-Tibet Dialogue and Its Implications for International Conflict Resolution: A Conversation with Lodi Gyari Rinpoche and Paul Zwier," Tibet Week at Emory University (March 23, 2015).
“Syria: Transition Options for Dispute Resolution,” The Carter Center/Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre, Swisspeace, United Nations, in Beirut, Lebanon (January 29, 2015).
“Effective Experts for High Asset Divorce Cases,” at the High Asset Divorce Lawyers Conference (February 4, 2015).