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

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A special Saturday seminar!  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, including:

  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Bridge of Spies
  • The Verdict
  • My Cousin Vinny
  • Marshall
  • Liar, Liar (with Jim Carrey)
  • A Civil Action
  • Breaker Morant
  • A Few Good Men
  • And much, much more!


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

    Embassy Suites of Ridgeland

    200 Township Place

    Ridgeland, Mississippi  39157


    1)  From Interstate 55, take Exit 107, and take the ramp right for Madison Avenue (toward Colony Park Boulevard).

    2)  Keep straight onto W. Frontage Road.

    3)  Turn right onto Steed Road.

    4)  Turn right onto Township Place.  The Embassy Suites will be located on the left.

    Agenda for Saturday, the 28th of July 2018

    (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)