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Not on the LSAT

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Book/film List / Heroes / Legal Fictions

I am told that the greatest compliment one trial lawyer can pay to another is the comment that he or she “can see out the front.” It means the lawyer has not only knowledge of the facts of the case up to the present, but also the uncanny ability to foresee how the future will unfurl. Steven Spielberg’s new film Bridge of Spies gives us a good example of this lawyerly talent. The movie tells […]

The Price of Innocence

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Legal Fictions / Repairing The Systen

Simon’s story is the fourth of the six “tales” that comprise the Argentine dark film comedy Wild Tales. It provides us a parable about life in a society where justice has died. Simon is a middle-class engineer who becomes involved in a dispute with his municipal parking authority in Buenos Aires. One evening after work, Simon stops by a local bakery to buy a cake for his daughter’s birthday party. When he comes out of […]

Atticus Gets Real

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Book/film List / Legal Fictions

As a boy, I was deeply affected by the character of Atticus Finch in Harper Lee’s classic To Kill A Mockingbird. Atticus is not only the loving father of Scout and Jem, but also the brave lawyer who defended a black man, Tom Robinson, falsely accused of raping a white woman in 1930’s Alabama. Before defending Tom in court, Atticus defended him from a lynch mob that attempted to storm the jail where Robinson was […]