Lawyers and the Legal Process:
A Bibliography of Books and Articles in the UC Berkeley Libraries












Abramson, J.
"The jury and popular culture." DePaul Law Review v. 50 no. 2 (Winter 2000) p. 497-523

"Access to Justice: Law & Popular Culture." Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review v. 40 no. 2 (Winter 2007) p. 539-791

Asimow, Michael
"Bad Lawyers in the Movies." Nova Law Review Volume 24, Number 2 (Winter 2000)

Asimow, Michael
"Embodiment of evil: law firms in the movies." UCLA Law Review v. 48 no. 6 (August 2001) p. 1339-92

Asimow, Michael
"A Free Soul: Drunk Lawyers in the Movies." UCLA Law School (June 1998)

Asimow, Michael
"Lawyers as fallen idols: whatever happened to our golden image?" The National Law Journal Feb 8, 1999 v22 i24 pA22 col 1 (22 col in)
"Motion picture portrayals of lawyers since the 1970s have been of unhappy human beings lacking in either ethics or competence at their jobs. The exceptions have been films which tell true stories, such as "In the Name of the Father" or "A Civil Action," films dealing with social or political problems, AIDS in "Philadelphia" or capital punishment in "The Chamber." Negative portrayals of lawyers far outnumber the positive ones in entertainment-oriented pictures. This negative depiction coincides with a worsening in the public's opinion of lawyers." [Expanded Academic Index]

Asimow, Michael
"What's on the tube? For the most part, a favorable view of lawyers." (Brief Article) The National Law Journal March 15, 1999 v21 i29 pA26 col 1 (22 col in)

Asimow, Michael
"When Lawyers were Heroes." University of San Francisco Law Review 1131 (1996)

Bailey Frankie Y.; Pollock, Joycelyn M. and Schroeder, Sherry
"The best defense: images of female attorneys in popular films." In: Popular culture, crime, and justice / Frankie Y. Bailey, Donna C. Hale. Belmont: Wadsworth Pub. Co., c1998. Contemporary issues in crime and justice series.
Main Stack HV6789.B25 1998

Bainbridge, J.
"Lawyers, Justice and the State: The Sliding Signifier of Law in Popular Culture." Griffith Law Review v. 15 no. 1 (2006) p. 153-76

Bandes, S.
"We Lost It at the Movies: The Rule of Law Goes from Washington to Hollywood and Back Again." Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review v. 40 no. 2 (Winter 2007) p. 621-51

Berets, Ralph
"Changing Images of Justice in American Films." Legal Studies Forum Vol 20, 473 (1996)

Berets, Ralph
"Lawyers in Film." Legal Studies Forum Volume 22, Number 1/2/3 (1998)

Bergman, Paul.
"Bunch of Circumstantial Evidence." 30 University of Southern Florida Law Review. 985 (1995-1996)

Bergman, Paul
"The Movie Lawyers Guide to Redemptive Legal Practice." UCLA Law Review Vol 48, 1393 (2001)

Bergman, Paul.
Reel justice: the courtroom goes to the movies / Paul Bergman and Michael Asimow. Kansas City: Andrews and McMeel, c1996.
Main Stack PN1995.9.J8.B47 1996

Beverly, William
On the lam: narratives of flight in J. Edgar Hoover's America / William Beverly. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, c2003.
Main Stack PS374.F83.B48 2003

Black, David A.
Law in film: resonance and representation / David A. Black. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, c1999.
Main Stack PN1995.9.J8.B63 1999
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Bond, Cynthia
"Laws of Race/Laws of Representation: The Construction of Race and Law in Contemporary American Film." Texas Review of Entertainment & Sports Law, Spring2010, Vol. 11 Issue 2, p219-265, 47p

Bönke, Michael.
'Myth and Law in the Films of John Ford." Journal of Law & Society, Mar2001, Vol. 28 Issue 1
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Booth, Marlene
"Fact and Fiction in Film." Legal Studies Forum 15: 233 (1991)

Breen, J. I.
"Portrayals of lawyers, judges and court scenes in motion pictures during the year 1943." Michigan State Bar Journal v. 23 (February 1944) p. 78-9

Brust, Richard.
"The 25 Greatest Legal Movies." ABA Journal. Aug 2008. Vol. 94, Iss. 8; p. 38 (10 pages)
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Caplow, S.
"Still in the dark: disappointed images of women lawyers in the movies." Women's Rights Law Reporter v. 20 no. 2-3 (Spring/Summer 1999) p. 55-71

"Case studies: courtroom drama." (motion pictures) The Economist (US) Jan 9, 1993 v326 n7793 p78(2) (568 words)

Caudill, David S.
"Idealized Images of Science in Law: The Expert Witness in Trial Movies." St. John's Law Review July 1, 2008
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Chase, Anthony.
"Civil action cinema." Law Review of Michigan State University Detroit College of Law v. 1999 no. 4 (Winter 1999) p. 945-57

Chase, Anthony.
"Lawyers and Popular Culture: A Review of Mass Media Portrayals of American Attorneys." American Bar Foundation Research Journal, Vol. 11, No. 2. (Spring, 1986), pp. 281-300.
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Chase, Anthony.
Movies on trial: the legal system on the silver screen New York: New Press: Distributed by W.W. Norton, c2002.
Main Stack PN1995.9.J8.C49 2002

Chisholm, Patricia
"The public on lawyers - guilty: Books and movies are giving the legal profession a bad name." Maclean's 106: 68 (Oct. 11, 1993)

Clifford, Richard A.
"The Impact of Popular Culture on the Perception of Lawyers." Litigation 28:1 (2001)

Clover, Carol J.
"'God Bless Juries!'" In: Refiguring American film genres: history and theory / Nick Browne, editor. pp: 255-77 Berkeley: University of California Press, c1998.
http://ark.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/ft8j49p1ft/">Full-text available online (UCB users only)
Grad Svcs PN1993.5.U6.R443 1998
Main Stack PN1993.5.U6.R443 1998
Moffitt PN1993.5.U6.R443 1998

Clover, Carol J.
"Judging Audiences: The Case of the Trial Movie." In: Reinventing film studies / edited by Christine Gledhill and Linda Williams. pp: 244-64 London: Arnold ; New York: Co-published in the United States of America by Oxford University Press, 2000.
Grad Svcs PN1995.R455 2000 Non-circulating; may be used only in Graduate Services.
Main Stack PN1995.R455 2000
PFA PN1995.R455 2000

Clover, Carol J.
""Law and the Order of Popular Culture." In: Law in the domains of culture / edited by Austin Sarat and Thomas R. Kearns. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, c1998.
Law Lib. K487.C8 L394 1997

Clover, Carol J.
"Movie juries." DePaul Law Review v. 48 no. 2 (Winter 1998) p. 389-405

Conner, Alison W.
"Chinese Lawyers on the Silver Screen." In: Cinema, law, and the state in Asia Full-text available online (UC Berkeley users only)

Cook, Kathy Lynn; Bacot, Hunter
"Movies in the Classroom: Popular Images of Criminal Justice, Criminology, and the Law." Journal of Criminal Justice Education. 199 (1993)
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Corcos, C. A.
"Irony, Storytelling, Truth, and Justice in the Modern Courtoom Drama." University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Review 25: 53 (2003)

Corcos, C. A.
"We don't want advantages": the woman lawyer hero and her quest for power in popular culture." Syracuse Law Review v. 53 no. 4 (2003) p. 1225-71

Coyne, R.
"Images of lawyers and the Three Stooges." Oklahoma City University Law Review v. 22 (Spring 1997) p. 247-56

Criminal visions : media representations of crime and justice
Edited by Paul Mason. ullompton, Devon ; Portland, Ore. : Willan, 2003.
Main (Gardner) Stacks P96.C74 C78 2003
Contents: Introduction : visions of crime and justice / Paul Mason -- From law and order to lynch mobs : crime news since the Second World War / Robert Reiner, Sonia Livingstone and Jessica Allen -- Video violence : how far can you go? / Julian Petley -- 'Signal crimes' : detective work, mass media and constructing collective memory / Martin Innes -- Masculinity, morality and action : Michael Mann and the heist movie / Jonathan Rayner -- Sex crime and the media : press representations in Northern Ireland / Chris Greer -- Organized crime : Mafia myths in film and television / George S. Larke -- Political violence, Irish Republicanism and the British media : semantics, symbiosis and the state / Mark Hayes -- Mass media/mass murder : serial killer cinema and the modern violated body / Ian Conrich -- Photo stories and family albums : imaging criminals and victims on Crimewatch UK / Deborah Jermyn -- Media representations of visual surveillance / Michael McCahill -- Completing the 'half-formed picture'? Media images of policing / Rob C. Mawby -- Film lawyers : above and beyond the law / Steve Greenfield and Guy Osborn -- British justice : not suitable for public viewing? / Daniel Stepniak -- The screen machine : cinematic representations of prison / Paul Mason.

Dauer, Edward A.
"At the Movies: With Lawyers on the Screen, Who Needs Schwarzeneggar?" Preventive Law Reporter 6:32 (September 1987)

Denvir, J.
"Law, Lawyers, Film & (and) Television." Legal Studies Forum Volume 24, Number 2 (2000)

Denvir, J.
"One movie no lawyer should miss." University of San Francisco Law Review v. 30 (Summer 1996) p. 1051-3

Dershowitz, Alan M.
"Legal eagles; ten tapes that have their day in court." (includes list of top courtroom drama movies) American Film Nov 1986 v12 p59(3)

Diggs, Terry Kay
"No way to treat a lawyer; when screen lawyers are women, Hollywood changes the rules." California Lawyer 12:48 (1992)

Dooley, Roger,
"Around the Law in Eighty Ways: Shysters, Mouthpieces and Ambulance Chasers." In: From Scarface to Scarlett : American films in the 1930s / Roger Dooley. New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, c1981
Moffitt PN1993.5.U6.D57 1981
PFA PN1993.5.U6.D57 1981

Dooling, Richard .
"Sue Hollywood for false representation!" (glamorous portrayals of attorneys)(Brief Article) The National Law Journal Sept 1, 1997 v19 n1 pA18 col 1 (21 col in)

Dow, D. R.
"Fictional documentaries and truthful fictions: the death penalty in recent American film." Constitutional Commentary v. 17 no. 3 (Winter 2000) p. 511-53

Eghbal, M., student author
"Law and Cinema: Some Introductory Thoughts to a Perspective." University of Baltimore Law Review v. 36 no. 3 (Spring 2007) p. 299-301

Elkins, J. R.
"Reading/Teaching Lawyer Films." Vermont Law Review v. 28 no. 4 (Summer 2004) p. 813-79
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Epstein, Michael M.
"The evolving lawyer image on television." Television Quarterly Wntr 1994 v27 n1 p18(9)
"A comparison of the TV shows 'Perry Mason' and 'L.A. Law' shows a change in the portrayals of lawyers on television. 'Perry Mason' ran until 1966, and its character fit the ideal of the lawyer as conflict mediator. Perry was a competent generalist, and served as both therapist and detective. By contrast, the lawyers of the 1990s show 'L.A. Law' are fallible specialists who do not perform moral services. The actual practice of law fits between these two extreme portrayals." [Expanded Academic Index]

Epstein, Michael M.
"Law and the Supernatural: How One Film's Truth Compulsion Conceit Critiques and Redeems the Post-O.J. Lawyer." Vermont Law Review v. 28 no. 4 (Summer 2004) p. 881-93
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Friedman, Lawrence M.
"Law, Lawyers, and Popular Culture." The Yale Law Journal, Vol. 98, No. 8, Symposium: Popular Legal Culture. (Jun., 1989), pp. 1579-1606.
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Graham, L. E., et. al.
"A false public sentiment: narrative and visual images of women lawyers in film." Kentucky Law Journal v. 84 (Summer 1995/1996) p. 1027-73

Greenfield, Steve
"Hero or Villain? Cinematic Lawyers and the Delivery of Justice." Journal of Law & Society; Mar2001, Vol. 28 Issue 1,
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Greenfield, S., et. al.
"Lawyers in film: where myth meets reality." New Law Journal v. 143 (December 17 1993) p. 1791-2

Greenfield, Steve; Osborn, Guy
"Film lawyers : above and beyond the law." In: Criminal visions : media representations of crime and justice / edited by Paul Mason. Cullompton, Devon ; Portland, Ore. : Willan, 2003.
Main Stack P96.C74.C78 2003

Greenfield, Steve; Osborn, Guy
"Where Cultures Collide: The Characterization of Law and Lawyers in Film." International Journal of the Sociology of Law Volume 23, Issue 2, June 1995, Pages 107-130
"An earlier version of this article was presented at the 1994 Law and Society annual meeting in Arizona and was accompanied by a compilation of film clips that formed part of the presentation of the paper. This article has two constituent pieces, firstly the substantive text, and secondly a filmography which gives a brief description of the films utilized. The filmography (Appendix 1) replaces the clips that were used in the paper presentation; those readers unfamiliar with any of the films discussed may benefit from turning firstly to the filmography."

Greenfield, Steve
"Hero or Villain? Cinematic Lawyers and the Delivery of Justice." Journal of Law & Society; Mar2001, Vol. 28 Issue 1, UC users only

Grosshans, L.
"Accurate or Appalling: Representations of Women Lawyers in Popular Culture." Cardozo Public Law, Policy and Ethics Journal, 457 (2006)
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Haddad, T.
"Silver tongues on the silver screen: legal ethics in the movies." Nova Law Review v. 24 no. 2 (Winter 2000) p. 673-700
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Harding, R. M.
"Celluloid death: cinematic depictions of capital punishment." University of San Francisco Law Review v. 30 (Summer 1996) p. 1167-79

Harris, Thomas J.
Courtroom's finest hour in American cinema Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1987.
MAIN: PN1995.9.T75 H371 1987

Hoffheimer, Michael H.
"Bollywood Law: Commercial Hindi Films with Legal Themes." Law Library Journal, Winter2006, Vol. 98 Issue 1, p61-79, 19p
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Hyland Jr., William G.
"Creative Malpractice: the Cinematic Lawyer." Texas Review of Entertainment & Sports Law, Spring2008, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p231-280, 50p
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In the grip of the law: trials, prisons, and the space between
Edited by Monika Fludernik and Greta Olson. Frankfurt am main; New York : P. Lang, 2004.
Main Stack PR408.L38.I5 2004

Jennings, M. M.
"Moral disengagement and lawyers: codes, ethics, conscience, and some great movies." Duquesne Law Review v. 37 no. 4 (Summer 1999) p. 573-602

Joseph, Paul and Carton, Sharon
"The Law of the Federation: Images of Law, Lawyers and the Legal System in "Star Trek: The Next Generation"." University of Toledo Law Review 24:43 (Fall 1992)

Kamir, O.
"Feminist law and film: imagining judges and justice." Chicago-Kent Law Review v. 75 no. 3 (2000) p. 899-931

Kamir, Orit
"Anatomy of Hollywood's Hero-Lawyer: A Law-and-Film Study of the Western Motifs, Honor-Based Values and Gender Politics Underlying Anatomy of a Murder's Construction of the Lawyer Image." Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, 2005, 35, 1, 67-105
"Anatomy of a Murder, a beloved, highly influential, seemingly liberal 1959 classic law-film seems to appropriate some of the fading western genre's features & social functions, intertwining the professional-plot western formula with a hero-lawyer variation on the classic western hero character, America's 19th century archetypal True Man. In so doing, Anatomy revives the western genre's honor code, embracing it into the hero-lawyer law-film. Concurrently, it accommodates the development of cinematic imagery of the emerging, professional elite groups, offering the public the notion of the professional super-lawyer, integrating legal professionalism with natural justice. In the course of establishing its Herculean lawyer, the film constitutes its female protagonist as a potential threat, subjecting her to a cinematic judgment of her sexual character & reinforcing the honor-based notion of woman's sexual-guilt." [Sociological Abstracts]

Kamir, Orit
Framed : women in law and film Durham : Duke University Press, 2006.
MAIN: PN1995.9.W6 K235 2006

Kamir, Orit
"Why law-and-film and what does it actually mean? A perspective." Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 255-278, 2005
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"In this article, the author sets out to provide a theoretical framework for understanding the relationships between law and film by exploring three theoretical perspectivesfirst, that law, and the operation of the legal system more specifically, actually parallels films modes of social operations; second, that films can prompt viewer-enacted judgments; and third, that films can operate as a form of popular jurisprudence. The first part opens with a brief overview of law-and-film scholarship and outlines the authors suggested conceptualization of the law-and-film terrain. This framework defines three distinct perspectives on law-and-film that, the author believes, capture much of the law-and-film enterprise. The final three parts of the article present and explore these perspectives in more detail, illustrating them with specific law-film examples. The paper concludes with a brief reference to the benefits of using law-and-film in teaching." [Communication Abstracts]

Katzman, John
"Perception v. Reality, The Lawyer in Popular Culture." Texas Bar Journal 55:116 (Feb. 1992)

Kellman, Steven G.
"The trials of recent American film." Antioch Review; Summer92, Vol. 50 Issue 3, p566, 12p
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Presents an essay on American true-to-life motion pictures dealing with crime and the administration of justice. Includes 'The Thin Blue Line'; 'Who Killed Victor Chin?'; 'Mississippi Burning'.

Kempf, D. G. J.
"Reel courtroom dramas." Litigation v. 27 no. 3 (Spring 2001) p. 25-30, 71

Klinkenborg, Verlyn
"Law's Labors Lost: The Lawyer as Hero and Anti-hero." New Republic 32 (March 14, 1994)

Kuzina, Matthias
"The Social Issue Courtroom Drama as an Expression of American Popular Culture." Journal of Law and Society Vol. 28, No. 1, Law and Film (Mar., 2001), pp. 79-96
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Langford, David A. and Peter Robson
"The representation of the professions in the cinema: the case of construction engineers and lawyers." Construction Management & Economics Volume 21, Number 8 / December 2003 Pages: 799 - 807
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"This paper considers how popular culture, especially the cinema, depicts two professions; namely, engineering and the law. It argues that despite the large number of engineers working in the developed economies their lives and their work are seldom portrayed in cinema. In contrast, the legal profession is ubiquitous in its presence in film. The paper seeks to use different forms of analysis, such as culturalism, Marxism, structuralism, feminism and post-modernism when applied to film theory in settings where engineers and lawyers are depicted. The paper makes a distinction between the presentation of the work of engineers and lawyers in 'real life' and cinematic form. The process of engineering in real life is visible yet in cinematic terms it is ignored. In contrast, the legal process is invisible in real life but has high dramatic content in the cinema. When considering the products of the two professions, engineering produces tangible products whilst law produces intangible yet highly cerebral discourses. Yet, in the cinema, the engineering product is a backcloth for other messages where in law the legal product provides a backcloth for a central and dominant message about the legal process. The conclusion is that engineers have to re-engineer themselves to be more visible in society if they are to be regarded as cinematic heroes." [Taylor & Francis]

Laster, Kathy.
The drama of the courtroom / Kathy Laster, with Krista Breckweg and John King. Leichhardt, N.S.W.: Federation Press, 2000.
Main Stack PN1995.9.J8.L37 2000

Law and Cinema Special Issue University of Baltimore Law Review v. 36 no. 3 (Spring 2007) p. 299

Law and film
Edited by Stefan Machura and Peter Robson. Oxford; Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 2001.
Main Stack PN1995.9.J8.L38 2001
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"Law in Film/Film in Law: Symposium." Vermont Law Review v. 28 no. 4 (Summer 2004) p. 797-973
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Law on the screen
Edited by Austin Sarat, Lawrence Douglas, Martha Merrill Umphrey. Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2005.
MAIN: PN1995.9.J8 L42 2005; View current status of this item
Table of contents http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip051/2004022528.html

Law's Moving Image
Edited by Leslie J. Moran ... [et al.]. London ; Portland, Or.: Cavendish Pub., 2004.
Main Stack: PN1995.9.J8 L397 2004

Legal reelism: movies as legal texts
Edited by John Denvir. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, c1996.
Main Stack PN1995.9.J8.L45 1996
Moffitt PN1995.9.J8.L45 1996
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Lenz, Timothy O.
Changing images of law in film & television crime stories / Timothy O. Lenz. New York: P. Lang, c2003. Politics, media & popular culture ; v. 7
Main Stack PN1995.9.J8.L46 2003

Levi, Ross D.
The celluloid courtroom : a history of legal cinema Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, c2005.
MAIN: PN1995.9.J8 L48 2005
Table of contents http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip054/2004028024.html

Lipson, Ashley Saunders
"Hollywood's great lessons in cross-examination: what can movies teach us about trial technique? Many lawyers on the big screen have shown what works - and what doesn't - in the courtroom." Trial 40.3 (March 2004): p52(8). (3998 words)
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Lucia, Cynthia.
Framing female lawyers : women on trial in film Austin : University of Texas Press, 2005.
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Table of contents http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip052/2004024847.html

Lucia, Cynthia.
"Women on Trial: The Female Lawyer in the Hollywood Courtroom." Cineaste. 19(2-3):32-37. 1992
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Machura, S.
"An Analysis Scheme for Law Films." University of Baltimore Law Review v. 36 no. 3 (Spring 2007) p. 329-45

Machura, Stefan & Peter Robson
"Law and Film: Introduction." Journal of Law and Society Volume 28 Page 1 - March 2001
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"The courtroom drama is a prominent film genre. Most of the movies in this category are Hollywood productions, dealing with the legal system in the United States of America. What they have in common is that essential parts of their stories take place in court. These movies have a tremendous influence on the public?s concept of justice even though very few of them accurately reflect legal reality. Anyone with legal training who watches films of this sort will notice in them all sorts of absurdities which are not thoroughly investigated in this paper. Our concern here is to inquire why even movies that take place in continental Europe follow patterns of the American system and also why certain elements from American movies are repeated over and over again." [Ingenta]

Machura, Stefan, et al.
"Law in Film: Globalizing the Hollywood Courtroom Drama." Journal of Law and Society, Vol. 28, No. 1, Law and Film (Mar., 2001), pp. 117-132
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Marek, Joan Gershen.
"The Practice' and 'Ally McBeal': a new image for women lawyers on television." (Critical Essay) Journal of American Culture, Spring 1999 v22 i1 p77(8)

Margolick, David.
"The cinematic law firm of greedy, vain & immoral." (analysis of how attorneys are portrayed in motion pictures) David Margolick. The New York Times July 4, 1993 v142 s2 pH9(N) pH9(L) col 1 (44 col in)

Marks, P. D.
"Magic in the movies: do courtroom scenes have real-life parallels?" Journal (New York State Bar Association) v. 73 no. 5 (June 2001) p. 40-2

Mastrangelo, P. J.
"Lawyers and the law: a filmography II." Legal Reference Services Quarterly v. 5 (Winter 1985/1986) p. 5-42

Menkel-Meadow, C.
"The sense and sensibilities of lawyers: lawyering in literature, narratives, film and television, and ethical choices regarding career and craft." McGeorge Law Review v. 31 no. 1 (Fall 1999) p. 1-24
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Mezey, N.
"Screening the Law: Ideology and Law In American Popular Culture." Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts v. 28 no. 2 (Winter 2005) p. 91-185

Meyer, Phillip N. ; Cusick, Stephen L.
"Using Non-Fiction Films as Visual Texts in the First-Year Criminal Law Course Symposium: Law in Film/Film in Law." Vermont Law Review v. 28 no. 4 (Summer 2004) p. 895
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Meyer, Philip N.
"Visual Literacy and the Legal Culture: Reading Film as Text in the Law School Setting." Legal Studies Forum 17:73 (1993)

Meyer, Philip N.
"Why a Jury Trial is More Like a Movie Than a Novel." Journal of Law and Society 28:133 (2001)
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Mezey, Naomi and Niles, Mark C.
"Screening the Law: Ideology and Law In American Popular Culture." Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts 28:91 (2005)

Miller, Carolyn Lisa.
"What a waste. Beautiful, sexy gal. Hell of a lawyer.": Film and the female attorney." Columbia Journal of Gender and Law v. 4 (1994) p. 203-32
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Mussawir, E.
"The Cinematics of Jurisprudence: Scenes of Law's Moving Image." Law and Literature v. 17 no. 1 (Spring 2005) p. 131-52

Nevins, F. M.
"Reconnoitering Juriscinema's First Golden Age: Law and Lawyers in Film, 1928-1934." Vermont Law Review v. 28 no. 4 (Summer 2004) p. 915-55
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Osborn G.
"Borders and Boundaries: Locating the Law in Film." Journal of Law and Society, Volume 28, Number 1, March 2001, pp. 164-176(13)
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"The essay examines the emergence of law and film in the curricula of law schools in the context of Britain. It outlines the development of legal education in England and Wales and the relationship between legal education and training. It notes the broadening out of the syllabus to encompass more politicized courses taught within their socio-economic context like family law and labour law. From this shift of academic focus the politically contextual has extended to the cultural context. The relationship between law and culture both in literature and in other areas has been the end result of this relaxation of focus on professional education. Finally, the precise nature of law and film and its boundaries are discussed." [Ingenta]

Papke, D. R.
"Cautionary tales: the woman as lawyer in contemporary Hollywood cinema." University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Review v. 25 no. 3 (Spring 2003) p. 485-501

Papke, D. R.
"Conventional wisdom: the courtroom trial in American popular culture." Marquette Law Review v. 82 no. 3 (Spring 1999) p. 471-89

Papke, D. R.
"Crusading Hero, Devoted Teacher, and Sympathetic Failure: The Self-image of the Law Professor in Hollywood Cinema and in Real Life, Too." Vermont Law Review v. 28 no. 4 (Summer 2004) p. 957-73
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Papke, D. R.
"How does the law look in the movies?" Legal Studies Forum v. 27 no. 1 (2003) p. 439-47
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Papke, D. R.
"Impact of Popular Culture on American Perceptions of the Courts." Indiana Law Journal 1225 (2007)
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Papke, D. R.
"Law, cinema, and ideology: Hollywood legal films of the 1950s." UCLA Law Review v. 48 no. 6 (August 2001) p. 1473-93

Penney, S.
"Mass Torts, Mass Culture: Canadian Mass Tort Law and Hollywood Narrative Film." Queen's Law Journal v. 30 no. 1 (Fall 2004) p. 205-59

Perdue, J. M.
"Bringing drama to the courtroom [look to the movies for dramatic concepts that play well in the courtroom]." Trial v. 33 (September 1997) p. 48-53

"Picturing justice: images of law and lawyers in the visual media." Symposium. University of San Francisco Law Review v. 30 (Summer 1996) p. 891-1247

Porter, Rebecca.
"Lawyers on the big screen: consider whether moviegoing jurors buy a ticket for an imitation of life or a large cup of hot buttered entertainment. Trial March 2002 v38 i3 p54(6)
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Rafter, Nicole Hahn
"American Criminal Trial Films: An Overview of Their Development, 1930-2000." Journal of Law and Society, Volume 28, Number 1, March 2001, pp. 9-24(16)
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"The history of American trial films and I am speaking of trial films in general at the moment, not of the sub-division of criminal trial films has been shaped both by changes in public attitudes toward law and lawyers and by shifts in viewer tastes. These same factors have necessitated changes in the way we define American trial films. In earlier years one could recognize a trial film with relative ease: it was a drama in which a heroic lawyer or lawyer surrogate solved the film's dilemmas in the course of a civil or criminal trial, usually a trial held within a courtroom. Contemporary movies, in contrast, are more interested in action than in debate and oratory, and they are more cynical about the effectiveness of legal processes. Thus they tend to embed a short trial scene in a longer adventure story, and they seldom depict lawyers as heroes on the grand scale or courts as places where fundamental social and moral issues are settled. In sum, the trial film genre is undergoing major change, if not dissolution." [Ingenta]

Rafter, Nicole Hahn
"Criminal Law Films." In: Shots in the mirror: crime films and society / Nicole Rafter. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
Main Stack PN1995.9.G3.R34 2000
Moffitt PN1995.9.G3.R34 2000

Rapoport, Nancy B.
"Dressed for excess: how Hollywood affects the professional behavior of lawyers." Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics, & Public Policy v. 14 no. 1 (2000) p. 49-74
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Robson, Peter
"Adapting the Modern Law Novel: Filming John GrishamAdapting the Modern Law Novel: Filming John Grisham." Journal of Law and Society, Vol. 28, No. 1, Law and Film (Mar., 2001), pp. 147-163

Rosenberg, N.
"Hollywood on trials: courts and films, 1930-1960." Law and History Review v. 12 (Fall 1994) p. 341-67
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Rosenberg, N.
"Looking for law in all the old traces: the movies of classical Hollywood, the law, and the case(s) of film noir." UCLA Law Review v. 48 no. 6 (August 2001) p. 1443-71

Russell, Margaret M.
"Race and the Dominant Gaze: Narratives of Law and Inequality in Popular Film." Legal Studies Forum 15:243 (1991)

Ryan, C.
"Lawyers as lovers: Gold Diggers of 1933 or "I'd rather you sue me than marry me"." University of San Francisco Law Review v. 30 (Summer 1996) p. 1123-30

Sanders, Mark
"The law in film: images of the literary lawyer." Illinois Bar Journal 87:441 (1999)

Schulz, J. L.
"The Mediator as Cook: Mediation Metaphors at the Movies." Journal of Dispute Resolution v. 2007 no. 2 (2007) p. 455-76

Shapiro, C.
"Women lawyers in celluloid, rewrapped." Vermont Law Review v. 23 no. 2 (Winter 1998) p. 303-47

Sheffield, R. S.
"On film: a social history of women lawyers in popular culture 1930 to 1990." Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Journal v. 14 (1993) p. 73-114

Sherman, Rorie
"Small screen takes shine to lawyers." The National Law Journal Feb 4, 1991 v13 n22 p9 col 1

Sherwin, Richard K.
"Nomos and Cinema." UCLA Law Review; Aug2001, Vol. 48 Issue 6, p1519, 25p
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Explores the issues surrounding law film as a form of jurisprudence. Representation of law and lawyers in films; Significance of law films to cultural legal studies; Development in the images portrayed in film; Information on the book 'When the Law Goes Pop.'

Sherwin, Richard K.
When law goes pop : the vanishing line between law and popular culture Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2000.
MAIN: KF300 .S48 2000
MOFF: KF300 .S48 2000

Silbey, Jessica.
"Patterns of Courtroom Justice." Journal of Law & Society; Mar2001, Vol. 28 Issue 1,
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Silbey, Jessica.
"Truth Tales and Trial Films." Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review v. 40 no. 2 (Winter 2007) p. 551-87

Simon, William H.
Moral Pluck: Legal Ethics in Popular Culture." Columbia Law Review 101:421 (2001)

Spitz, D. M.
"Heroes or villains? Moral struggles vs. ethical dilemmas: an examination of dramatic portrayals of lawyers and the legal profession in popular culture." Nova Law Review v. 24 no. 2 (Winter 2000) p. 725-50

Stracher, Cameron
"Reality TV." (television shows about attorneys) American Lawyer May 2001 v23 i5 p138 (813 words)
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Strickland, R.
"The cinematic lawyer: the magic mirror and the silver screen." Oklahoma City University Law Review v. 22 (Spring 1997) p. 13-23
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"Study of portrayals of lawyers, judges and court room scenes in motion pictures." American Bar Association Journal v. 25 (March 1939) p. 191-4

Sullivan, J. T.
"Imagining the criminal law: when client and lawyer meet in the movies." University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Review v. 25 no. 3 (Spring 2003) p. 665-80
UC users only

Verrone, Patric M.
" The 12 Best Trial Movies." ABA Journal; Nov89, Vol. 75 Issue 11, p96, 4p
UC users only

Weiss, Elaine
"Who's Missing in This Picture? Why Movies and Television Have Ignored Women Lawyers." Barrister 16:4 (September 22, 1989)

Wexman, Virginia Wright
""Right and Wrong; That's [Not] All There Is to It!": Young Mr. Lincoln and American Law." Cinema Journal 44.3 (2005) 20-34
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This essay draws on historiographic and anthropological models to explore the ways in which assumptions about the law may be deployed in works of mainstream cinema. Using Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) as an example, it argues that potentially conflicting legal paradigms can be reconciled through filmic narrative.

Writing for Television the Legal Genre[video]
Published: Los Angeles, CA: The Museum, 1996.
Media Resources Center: VIDEO/C 4517

Kramer vs Kramer

Asimow, Michael.
"Divorce In The Movies: From The Hays Code to Kramer vs. Kramer." Legal Studies Forum Volume 24, Number 2 (2000)

Baum, Rebecca A.
"Kramer vs. Kramer vs. Mother-Right." Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, vol. 23, pp. 4-5, Oct 1980

Lichtenstein, Gene.
"Kramer vs. Kramer vs. the Way It Is." Atlantic Monthly, Mar80, Vol. 245 Issue 3, p96, 3p
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Malloy, Eileen.
"Kramer vs. Kramer: A Fraudulent View." Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, vol. 26, pp. 5-7, Dec 1981

Mass, Roslyn.
"The Mirror Cracked: The Career Woman in a Trio of Lansing Films." Film Criticism; Winter87/88, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p28-36, 9p
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McMullen, Wayne J.
"Gender and the American Dream in 'Kramer vs. Kramer'." Women's Studies in Communication 19.n1 (Spring 1996): 29(26).

Morton, Ray.
"Robert Benton --Screenwriter of Kramer vs. Kramer." Script , May/Jun2007, Vol. 13 Issue 3, p90-92, 3p
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Papke, David,Ray.
"Peace Between the Sexes: Law and Gender in Kramer vs. Kramer." University of San Francisco Law Review 30:1199 (1996)

Quart, Leonard; Quart, Barbara.
"Kramer vs. Kramer." Cineaste, Spring80, Vol. 10 Issue 2, p37-39, 3p

Rochberg, George.
"Kramer vs. Kramer." Critical Inquiry, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 509-17, Mar 1985 UC users only

Tyler, Imogen
"The Selfish Feminist: Public Images of Women's Liberation." Australian Feminist Studies, Jul2007, Vol. 22 Issue 53, p173-190, 18p
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Vlasopolos, A.
"The "woman's film" genre and one modern transmutation: Kramer vs. Kramer." In: Women and film / edited by Janet Todd. New York : Holmes & Meier, c1988.
Main Stack PN1995.9.W6.W651 1988
Moffitt PN1995.9.W6.W65 1988)

Legally Blonde/Legally Blonde 2

Alley-Young, Gordon.
"Celebrate Diversity, Even If That Includes the Hopelessly Superficial: Lessons on Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality In Legally Blode." North Dakota Journal of Speech & Theatre, Sep2006, Vol. 19, p14-25, 12p
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Dole, Carole M.
"The Return of Pink: Legally Blond, third-wave feminism, and having it all." In: Chick flicks : contemporary women at the movies / edited by Suzanne Ferriss and Mallory Young. New York : Routledge, 2008.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.W6 C515 2008

Ferriss, Suzanne; Young, Mallory
"Chick Flicks and Chick Culture." Post Script; Fall2007, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p32-49, 18p, 6 bw
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Hersey, Eleanor.
"Love and Microphones: Romantic Comedy Heroines as Public Speakers. Journal of Popular Film & Television, Winter2007, Vol. 3" Journal of Popular Film & Television, Winter2007, Vol. 34 Issue 4, p146-159, 14p
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Marsh, Kelly A.
"Dead Husbands and Other "Girls' Stuff": The Trifles in Legally Blonde." Literature Film Quarterly, 2005, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p201-206, 6p
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To Kill a Mockingbird

Armstrong, Richard
"On To Kill a Mockingbird." The Film Journal, Issue 11 January 2005
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Atkinson, Rob.
"Liberating lawyers: divergent parallels in Intruder in the Dust and To Kill a Mockingbird." Duke Law Journal Dec 1999 v49 i3 p601-748
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"Atticus and Us." Florida Bar Journal, Sep2003 Directory, Vol. 77 Issue 8, p8-8, 1p
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Comments on the motion picture "Atticus Finch." Author's description of the heroic deeds of lawyers as depicted by the film; Recognition of the qualities of the film's character, Atticus Finch, who practiced law in the same way he lived his life.

Banks, Taunya L.
"To Kill a Mockingbird (1962): Lawyering in an Unjust Society." 2006, digitalcommons.law.umaryland.edu

"Being Atticus Finch: The Professional Role of Empathy in To Kill a Mockingbird." 117 Harvard Law Review 1682 (2004)
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Discusses the role of empathy in the novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird," by Harper lee and its influence on the legal profession. Moral dimension of legal professionalism in terms of its emotional context; Definition of empathy through Atticus Finch, the central character and moral conscience of the novel; Detachment in legal profession.

Campbell, Zach
"Consciousness and Racial Consience in the Work of Robert Mulligan." The Film Journal, Issue 11 January 2005
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Cauthen, Cramer R.; Alpin, Donald G., III.
"The Gift Refused: The Southern Lawyer in To Kill a Mockingbird, The Client, and Cape Fear." Studies in Popular Culture. 19 (2): 257-75. 1996 Oct.

Dare, Tim.
"Virtue Ethics: Lawyers and Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird." Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies. 2007. Vol. 19, Iss. 1/2; p. 81 (20 pages)
UC users only

Fountaine, C. L.
"In the shadow of Atticus Finch: constructing a heroic lawyer." Widener Law Journal v. 13 no. 1 (2003) p. 123-65

Garman, Rita B.
"Improving the Image of Lawyers: More Atticus Finch and Less Ally McBeal." Women Lawyers Journal, Winter2007, Vol. 92 Issue 2, p22-23, 2p
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The article presents a speech by Justice Rita B. Garman of the Illinois Supreme Court, delivered at the Illinois State Bar Association annual meeting, December 8, 2006. He cites some of the changes in the way law is practiced and in the law itself. He explains the reasons for choosing law as a profession. He expresses concern on the public image of lawyers.

Holcomb, Mark. "To Kill a Mockingbird."
Film Quarterly Jun 2002, Vol. 55, No. 4: 3440.
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Johnson, Claudia.
"The Secret Courts of Men's Hearts: Code and Law in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird." Studies in American Fiction 19:129 (1991).

Jones, Carolyn.
"Atticus Finch and the Mad Dog: Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird."34 The Southern Quarterly 53 1996
Focuses on the novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' by Harper Lee. Theme of the novel; Details of several scenes in the novel; Classification of the novel.

Lubet, Steven, Althouse, Ann
"Reconstructing Atticus Finch." Michigan Law Review; May99, Vol. 97 Issue 6, p1339-1384, 46p
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Analyzes the book 'To Kill a Mockingbird' and how its main character, lawyer Atticus Finch, has served to defend and inspire lawyers. Possibility that Atticus Finch was not quite the heroic defender of an innocent man wrongly accused; Analysis of the story's three distinct narratives; Reconsideration of the rape defense in the story.

Margolick, David.
"Chipping at Atticus Finch's pedestal." (lawyer and journalist Monroe Freedman criticizes fictional lawyer Atticus Finch from the book "To Kill a Mockingbird") (Living Arts Pages) (The New York TimesColumn) Feb 28, 1992 v141 pB1(N) pB7(L) col 1 (16 col in)

Nicholson, Colin
"Hollywood and race: To kill a mockingbird." In: Cinema and fiction : new modes of adapting, 1950-1990 / edited by John Orr and Colin Nicholson. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, c1992.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.3 .C56 1992

Osborne, John Jay, Jr.
"Atticus Finch - The End of Honor: A Discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird." University of San Francisco Law Review 30:1139 (1996)

Seaquist, Carla
" Bye, Tony Soprano. Welcome back, Atticus Finch." Christian Science Monitor; 4/10/2009, Vol. 101 Issue 94, p9-9, 1p
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