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

December 30th, 2023 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Central 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
  • My Cousin Vinnywith Joe Pesci & Marisa Tomei
  • A Civil Actionwith John Travolta and Robert Duvall
  • Marshallwith Chadwick Boseman
  • A Few Good Menwith Tom Cruise & Demi Moore
  • And much, much more!


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  • William R Newman of The University of Southern Mississippi
  • Agenda for Saturday, the 30th of December 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 - 9:35am - What Our Clients Expect from Us (Thanks to Hollywood) - Clips discussed:  Young Mr. Lincoln (Henry Fonda, 1939), Inherit the Wind (Spencer Tracy, 1960), Legally Blonde (Reese Witherspoon, 2001),  Jurassic Park (1993)

    9:35am - 9:40am  -  Break

    9:40am - 10:50am - In the Courtroom:  Themes, Voir Dire, and Opening Statements - 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)        

    10:50am -  11:00am  -  Break

    11:00am - 12:15pm - Making the Case:  Direct Examination and Preparing Witnesses - Clips discussed:  Judgment at Nuremberg (Spencer Tracy, 1961), To Kill a Mockingbird (Gregory Peck, 1962), Kramer v. Kramer (Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, 1979)       

    12:15pm - 1:30pm - Break

    1:30pm - 2:30pm - Making the Case:  Cross Examination   -  Clips discussed:  A Few Good Men (Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise, 1992),  A Civil Action (Robert Duvall, John Travolta, 1998), Anatomy of a Murder (Jimmy Stewart, 1959)

    2:30pm - 2:35pm  -  Break

     2:35pm  -  3:05pm  -  Making the Case:  Jury Communication  -  Clips discussed:   12 Angry Men (Henry Fonda, 1957), My Cousin Vinny (Joe Pesci, 1992)

    3:05pm  -  3:15pm  -  Break

    3:15pm - 4:15pm - A Noble and Honorable Profession:  Ethics and Professionalism -Clips discussed:   The Conspirator (Robin Wright, 2010), The Verdict (Paul Newman, 1982), Bridge of Spies (Tom Hanks, 2015), To Kill a Mockingbird (Gregory Peck, 1962)


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