In-Person Seminar Details

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

July 19th, 2024 from 8:30 am to 4:15 pm Central Time in Jackson, MS

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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 lots of your favorite movies.  This newly updated version of this popular seminar, includes clips from several new movies, along with lots of familiar favorites, including:

  • My Cousin Vinny
  • Bridge of Spies
  • The Burial (based on a true story from Biloxi!)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Marshall
  • The Devil's Advocate
  • A Civil Action
  • A Few Good Men
  • And much, much more!

Level of Instruction



  • William R Newman of The University of Southern Mississippi
  • Meeting Site

    Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum

    1152 Lakeland Drive (Just off I-55)

    Jackson, MS  39216


    Agenda for Friday, the 19th of July 2024

    (Agenda is approximate and tentative)

    8:00am - 8:30am - Registration

    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), The Burial (Jamie Foxx, Tommy Lee Jones, 2023)        

    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 - Lunch Break (on your own)

    1:30pm - 2:30pm - Making the Case:  Cross Examination and Closing Argument  -  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), A Time to Kill (Matthew McConaughey, 1996)

    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 Devil's Advocate (Keanu Reeves, 1997),  The Conspirator (Robin Wright, 2010), The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd (Dennis Weaver, 1980), Bridge of Spies (Tom Hanks, 2015), To Kill a Mockingbird (Gregory Peck, 1962)