Born and raised in the Bronx, Mike Fawer attended Cornell and Columbia Law School. He prosecuted organized crime figures under Bobby Kennedy before joining the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Fawer was a criminal defense attorney for five decades and served clients that included Governor Edwin Edwards, Charles Evers, Federal Judge Walter Nixon, accused murderers, and tax evaders. He lives in New Orleans, near his four grown children and four grandchildren. Connect with him on Linkedin.
9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
State Capitol Building, Private House Dining Hall
From the Bronx to the Bayou: A Defense Attorney's Odyssey from Charles Evers to Edwin Edwards and Beyond
9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
From the Bronx to the Bayou: A Defense Attorney’s Odyssey from Charles Evers to Edwin Edwards and Beyond
From the Bronx to the Bayou - Over nearly six decades, trial attorney Mike Fawer’s prolific career as trial attorney led him to defend a charismatic Louisiana governor, a pioneering Mississippi mayor, and a wrongfully convicted man who spent more than a decade on death row, among many others. In his defense of those clients - Edwin Edwards, Charles Evers, and Curtis Kyles and all the others - Fawer was well known as an aggressive advocate who tangled with prosecutors and judges alike. Fawer’s skilled and enthusiastic cross-examinations disarmed opponents and persuaded jurors of his competency.
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