The 25 Greatest Legal Movies

The Jury


MICHAEL ASIMOW is a UCLA law professor and co-author of Reel Justice, as well as other books and articles about law in the media. He is also chair of the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.

PAUL BERGMAN, a UCLA law professor, co-authored Reel Justice with Asimow, as well as other books and articles about law in the media. He is a frequent and popular lecturer on on the topic.

RICHARD BRUST is an ABA Journal assistant managing editor who has been a film geek since childhood. Since he compiled the jury of lawyer film experts, he audaciously decided to include himself.

JOHN DENVIR is a University of San Francisco law professor and editor of Legal Reelism: Movies as Legal Texts and the companion website, Picturing Justice.

ELIOT EPHRAIM is an attorney and agent representing media personalities in Chicago, where his clients include film critic Roger Ebert.

DAVID M. HUNDLEY is a Chicago litigator and author of the blog Cinema Mishmash, an eloquently written series of reviews and criticisms. He is a member of the Gene Siskel Film Center advisory board.

HAROLD HONGJU KOH, a widely known expert on international law, is dean of Yale Law School, where he presents clips from films on the law to his civil procedure class.

DAVID R. PAPKE is a law professor at Marquette University in Milwaukee. He has written extensively on the influence of film and popular culture on law.

STEVEN O. ROSEN is a Portland, Ore., litigator who has presented the popular CLE seminar “Movie Magic: How the Masters Try Cases” in 38 states.

RICHARD K. SHERWIN is a professor at New York Law School and author of Popular Culture and Law and When Law Goes Pop: The Vanishing Line Between Law and Popular Culture. He is director of the law school’s Visual Persuasion Project and a frequent commentator on TV and radio.

LYNNE SPIGELMIRE VITI is a Wellesley, Mass., solo practitioner and writer who teaches Law, Literature and Film at Wellesley College.

JAMES B. ZAGEL is a veteran federal judge in Chicago and former director of the Illinois state police. A mem­ber of the Screen Actors Guild, Zagel has appeared in two films (as J.S. Block)—1989’s The Music Box, directed by Constantin Costa-Gavras, and 1991’s Homicide, written and directed by David Mamet.

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