Director's Biography


Paul J. Zwier II, Professor of Law

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); (ICTY), Monrovia, Liberia; Nairobi, Kenya; Tbilisi, Georgia; Northern Ireland; Scotland; England; Hong Kong and Bejing, 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 Torts: Cases, Problems, and Exercises 3rd ed. (LexisNexis, 2009) (with Weaver, Bauman, Cross, Klein, Martin); Mastering Torts (North Carolina Press, 2009); Supervisory and Leadership Skills in the Modern Law Practice (NITA 2006), Legal Strategy (NITA, 2006); Effective Expert Testimony, 2d. (NITA, 2005) (with Malone); Advanced Negotiation and Mediation Theory and Practice (with Guernsey) (NITA, 2005); "Looking to "Ground Motive" for a Religious Foundation for Law," 54 Emory L.J. 357 (2005); and "The Utility of a Nonconsequentialist Rationale for Civil-Jury-Awarded Punitive Damages," 54 Kansas L.Rev. 403 (2006). He has made professional presentation 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: BA, Calvin College, 1976; JD, Pepperdine University, 1979; LLM, Temple University, 1981.