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Ethics Lessons from 3 Hit Movies: Forrest Gump, Tombstone, & Apollo 13

June 27th, 2023 from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm Central Time

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Part of the Barristers "Lawyers & Cinema" CLE Webcast Series!

Gripping clips from three popular Hollywood blockbusters provide a unique way of looking at several often overlooked rules in the Model Rules of Professional Conduct.  The serious points that speaker Billy Newman makes about our ethical obligations will certainly be easier to remember when you see how he illustrates these points in three hours with entertaining clips from Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, and Tombstone!  

It is remarkable how characters like Forrest Gump, Wyatt Earp, and astronaut Jim Lovell provide memorable metaphors for Rule 1.3, Rule 2.1, and many other rules within the Model Rules of Professional Conduct!  

And for lawyers in those states that require a separate hour of CLE devoted to mental health and substance issues, the 3rd hour uses clips from Gump and Tombstone to cast a fresh perspective on handling the special challenges that confront lawyers.  (Lawyers in other states can use the 3rd hour for regular ethics CLE credit.)

Don't miss this unique CLE experience (which uses entirely different movie clips from our popular Lawyers at the Movies course!).



  • William R Newman of The University of Southern Mississippi
  • Agenda for Tuesday, the 27th of June 2023

    1:00pm Central Time - Webcast Begins 

    (Please be sure to register and tune into the website at least 10 minutes before start time)

    Agenda is Approximate and Tentative

    1:00pm -  1:30pm - Apollo 13:  The perfect metaphor for the ethical duty of zealous advocacy

    1:30pm - 2:00pm - Forrest Gump:  Forrest gives us his "best good" explanation of an ethical lawyer-client relationship

    2:00pm - 2:05pm - Break

    2:05pm - 3:05pm -  Tombstone CLE:   Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday present a thought-provoking look at the role of the lawyer as advocate for his/her client as contemplated by Rule 2.1 of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct

    3:05pm - 3:15pm - Break

    3:15pm - 4:15pm - Mental Health and Substance Abuse: Ethical Issues for Lawyers:  The reality of these challenges -- as illustrated by the rebirth of Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump and the death of Doc Holliday in Tombstone.


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