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Lawyers at the Movies: Learning from the Top "Lawyer" Movies of All-Time

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The Centerpiece of the Barristers "Lawyers & Cinema" Webcast Series!

Although Hollywood has a tendency to portray lawyers and the legal profession in a very unrealistic light, wonderful lessons for practicing lawyers nonetheless abound in some of the most beloved "lawyer" movies and TV shows of all time.  So - earn 6 hours of CLE and grab some popcorn as we discuss practical lessons in trial technique, client relations, and much more from many of your favorite movies, including:

  • To Kill a Mockingbirdwith Gregory Peck
  • Bridge of Spieswith Tom Hanks
  • The Verdictwith Paul Newman
  • My Cousin Vinnywith Joe Pesci & Marisa Tomei
  • Liar, Liar, with Jim Carrey
  • A Civil Actionwith John Travolta and Robert Duvall
  • Marshallwith Chadwick Boseman & Kate Hudson
  • A Few Good Menwith Tom Cruise & Demi Moore
  • And much, much more!



  • William R Newman of The University of Southern Mississippi
  • Agenda for Friday, the 30th of June 2023

    8:30 am Central Time - Webcast Begins (Please register and sign into the website at least 10 minutes before the scheduled start)

    (Agenda is approximate and tentative)

    8:30am - 9:30am - What Our Clients Expect from Us (Thanks to Hollywood) - Clips discussed:  Young Mr. Lincoln (Henry Fonda, 1939), Inherit the Wind (Spencer Tracy, 1960), Michael Clayton (George Clooney, 2007), Legally Blonde (Reese Witherspoon, 2001

    9:35am - 10:50am - In the Courtroom:  Themes, Voir Dire, Opening Statements, and Direct Examination - Clips discussed:  Young Mr. Lincoln (Henry Fonda, 1939), Marshall (Chadwick Boseman, Kate Hudson, 2017), My Cousin Vinny (Joe Pesci, 1992), Philadelphia (Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, 1993), Judgment at Nuremberg (Spencer Tracy, 1961), To Kill a Mockingbird (Gregory Peck, 1962)

    11:00am - 12:15pm - Making the Case:  Preparing Witnesses and Cross Examination - Clips discussed:  Kramer v. Kramer (Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, 1979), The Social Network (Jesse Eisenberg, 2010), A Few Good Men (Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise, 1992), A Civil Action (Robert Duvall, John Travolta, 1998), Anatomy of a Murder (Jimmy Stewart, 1959)

    12:15pm - 1:30pm - Break

    1:30pm - 2:30pm - Communicating with Jurors and Using Expert Witnesses Effectively - Clips discussed:  12 Angry Men (Henry Fonda, 1957), My Cousin Vinny (Joe Pesci, 1992)

     2:45pm - 3:15pm - A Crazy Way to Make a Living - Clips discussed:  The Paper Chase (John Houseman, 1973)

    3:15pm - 4:15pm - A Noble and Honorable Profession:  Ethics and Professionalism -Clips discussed:  Liar, Liar (Jim Carrey, 1997),  Breaker Morant (Jack Thompson, 1980),  Miracle on 34th Street (Natalie Wood, 1947),  The Conspirator (Robin Wright, 2010), The Verdict (Paul Newman, 1982), Bridge of Spies (Tom Hanks, 2015), To Kill a Mockingbird (Gregory Peck, 1962)


    Due to technical requirements, customers must attend a live webcast in its entirety to receive credit for attendance. No partial credit can be accommodated.