Law in Popular Culture

1369 ABA Journal Law in Popular Culture articles.

New PBS documentary shows how one man’s legacy changed the trajectory of American race relations
Individuals and companies reach out to me regularly regarding their new law-related TV projects. Recently, I received an email regarding the new PBS documentary The Blinding of Isaac Woodard, which first aired March 30. I was sent a link to a press preview that gave access to the production prior to its release.
‘Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel’ and the problem with internet sleuths

Real people suffered as a result of web detectives’ resolve in their “investigation” in the Elisa Lam case.

In honor of RBG’s birthday, Northwestern releases video with songs about the late justice
Tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Song, a documentary about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, looking at the late U.S. Supreme Court justice’s personal side, was released Monday by the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University.
Afternoon Briefs: Florida lawmaker says he’s ‘Christian, not an attorney;’ suit challenges hotel resort fees

Lawmaker says he’s ‘Christian, not an attorney’

A Florida lawmaker says he was just joking when he said told a Jewish colleague that he was a “Christian, not an attorney.”…

ABA announces 22 finalists for 2021 Silver Gavel Awards
For the past 62 years, the ABA has honored books, documentaries, other media and art for their role in fostering the public’s understanding of law and the legal system.
A look at HBO’s ‘The Undoing’ and bail reform
Here in Oklahoma, I’m watching snow flurries continue to dump in a manner I haven’t witnessed in a decade (2011 was the last time we came close to anything blizzard-like). I lived in Eagle County, Colorado, for a while after undergrad, and this current snowstorm is the closest thing I’ve experienced to that kind of weather since I left. To be completely honest, we aren’t built for this type of temperature.
‘Real Housewives’ lawyer had close ties to some state bar officials, never faced ethics charges despite accusations
Los Angeles trial lawyer Tom Girardi, the husband of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne, was frequently accused of wrongdoing in lawsuits, yet he never faced disciplinary charges by the State Bar of California.
Does A&E’s ‘Court Cam’ accurately reflect American courtrooms?
I like to start the new year by cleaning out my life, more or less. It’s kind of a ritual for me. I take time to send out file destruction letters to clients whose cases were closed out more than five years ago and permanently delete client communications from my email inbox that are just as old (five years is the rule in Oklahoma). Generally, I try to give myself a bit of a fresh start.
Afternoon Briefs: Law deans want to delay employment reporting; Edelson parody videos tout untraditional mold

Law school deans want more time for reporting employment outcomes

Citing the COVID-19 pandemic, law school deans have asked the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar…

HBO Max’s ‘Perry Mason’ and the benefits of practicing law as a second career

“What thoroughly impresses me ... are those who leave another professional endeavor to pursue the practice of law,” says Adam Banner. “Some people choose the law to change directions. Others choose the law to get further down the path they’re already on.”

Perkins Coie associate advances to ‘Jeopardy’ tournament of champions
Perkins Coie associate Zachary Newkirk will appear in Jeopardy’s tournament of champions later this year after winning six games.
Ethics case tossed against judge accused of allowing reality TV show to film in her courtroom
A hearing panel has dismissed ethics charges against a Florida judge accused of allowing a reality TV show to film domestic violence cases in her courtroom, according to an order filed Tuesday.
Inmate given clemency by Trump had backing of former judge who sentenced him to life
A federal judge who sentenced a Clarksville, Tennessee, man to life in prison in a drug trafficking case greeted him in person after then-President Donald Trump commuted the sentence in January.
Why do barristers wear wigs? ‘Dress Codes’ explores fashion and the law
Ask any attorney about the most outlandish clothing they've seen worn in a courtroom, and most will have a colorful story. But what determines the appropriateness of any outfit?
Do origin stories define or help refine constitutional interpretation?

All lawyers are storytellers. And Supreme Court justices are not exceptions. Outcomes in constitutional law are typically predicated upon the stories the justices tell—interpretations of foundational “origin stories”—that shape understandings of the law and who we are as a people, writes Philip N. Meyer.

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