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

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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 of all time.  So - earn 7 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, including:

  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The Verdict
  • My Cousin Vinny
  • Fracture (with Ryan Gossling)
  • Liar, Liar (with Jim Carrey)
  • Judgment at Nuremberg
  • And much, much more!

New 7-hour format:  Satisfy your entire CLE requirement for the year by signing up for this In-Person seminar, plus an 8-hour bundle of On-Demand CLE (see the "CLE On-Demand" page of this website for details on On-Demand courses).


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

    Nashville School of Law

    4013 Armory Oaks Drive

    Nashville, TN  37204-4577

    Agenda for Wednesday, the 13th of December 2017

    Agenda is Approximate and Tentative

    8:00am - 8:30am - Registration

    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), Perry Mason (TV, 1957-66),  Legally Blonde (Reese Witherspoon, 2001),  Michael Clayton (George Clooney, 2007) 

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

    10:55am - 12:00pm - Making the Case:  1) Preparing Clients for Testimony, 2) The Realities of 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)

    12:00pm - 1:10pm - Lunch Break (on your own)

    1:10pm - 2:10pm - Communicating with Jurors and Judges - Clips discussed:  12 Angry Men (Henry Fonda, 1957), Amistad (Anthony Hopkins, Matthew McConaughey, 1997), My Cousin Vinny (Joe Pesci, 1992)

    2:15pm - 2:55pm - A Crazy Way to Make a Living - Clips discussed:  The Paper Chase (John Houseman, 1973), The Verdict (Paul Newman, 1982)

    3:00pm - 4:00pm - A Noble and Honorable Profession:  Ethics and Professionalism -Clips discussed:  Liar, Liar (Jim Carrey, 1997), The Conspirator (Robin Wright, 2010), Fracture (Ryan Gosling, 2007), Miracle on 34th Street (Natalie Wood, 1947)

    4:00pm - 5:00pm - (* Bonus Ethics Hour) Ethics and Professionalism:  The Sequel - Clips discussed:  The Verdict (Paul Newman, 1982), To Kill a Mockingbird (Gregory Peck, 1962)