Law in Popular Culture

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RBG action figure to ship this fall thanks to Kickstarter campaign

Updated: A company that hoped to raise $15,000 to make a Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg action figure instead raked in $613,700.

The RBG action figure is expected to ship in…

Ex-military codebreaker: Hijacker DB Cooper revealed his real identity in hidden messages

The parachuting hijacker who may have escaped with $200,000 ransom in 1971 isn’t really D.B. Cooper, according to a team who obtained his letters to newspapers through the Freedom of…

Story about overworked public defender is winner of ABA Journal/Ross Writing Contest

A federal law clerk in Wilmington, North Carolina, has won the 2018 ABA Journal/Ross Writing Contest for Legal Short Fiction for her story about an overworked federal public defender who…

Brooklyn lawyer Marvel comics

A young corporate lawyer sits at his computer, putting the finishing touches on an email.


He hits send.


His first comic book manuscript is off to…

Contemporary legal films shift away from lawyers as righteous heroes
Hollywood, for instance, has always had a crush on crusading lawyers. But tropes that once dominated legal dramas have given way to an entirely new twist on the genre. Cinema has developed a newfound cynicism about the once-righteous trial attorney. Nowadays, perhaps consistent with our diminished faith in public institutions, the legal system and its practitioners, as depicted in movies, have been found wanting and guilty
25 more great movies: honorable mentions
The 25 greatest legal movies
A panel of law practitioners recommends their favorite legal-themed films, including those released in the decade since our last top-25 list. The judges voted for many of the classics from our 2008 list, along with some newer films we hope will get you thinking about the reach of the law in new ways.
Dr. Phil takes on child sex abuse allegations by playing participant, advocate, and judge

Criminal allegations normally involve three classes of characters: the participants, the advocates, and the judges. In the Dr. Phil episode I watched, to my surprise, Phil McGraw did an admirable job of maneuvering through all three categories.

Criminal injustice: How Netflix’s ‘The Staircase’ illustrates the inequities of our justice system
I’m fascinated with the fascination over the true-crime genre. It allows audiences to see the unfairness of a system which, too often, keeps its secrets in the shadows.
Short film dramatizes difficulties of children representing themselves in immigration court
The Department of Justice does not permit cameras or other recording devices inside immigration courtrooms.
How could someone confess to a crime they didn’t commit? Watch ‘The Confession Tapes’ and see
Every defense attorney has heard it more than once: “I was coerced!”
Civil rights lawyer Crump hosts television series on wrongful convictions

Civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump is hosting a TV series airing this month that chronicles the cases of four people exonerated after spending at least a decade in prison.


‘Marcia Clark Investigates’ offers entertainment, but not impact
One of the things I love the most about being an attorney is that moment when a stranger or new acquaintance finds out about my occupation. When someone learns that I am a practicing attorney, the next question is always “What type of law do you practice?”
Does Roseanne Barr have a valid legal claim for cancellation of her show?
The First Amendment restricts the government from interfering with free speech rights, but it doesn’t cover job-related consequences for private employees--or even star comedians.
ABA announces winners of the 2018 Silver Gavel Awards

The ABA announced winners of the 2018 Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts, which recognize outstanding efforts to foster the public’s understanding of law through media.


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