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How I Learned to Litigate at the Movies

5 Lawyers Share Silver Screen Secrets!!!

TV’s Best Character: Denny Crane, Flawed Sr. Partner on ‘Boston Legal’

How did a less-than-admirable, arguably over-the-hill lawyer come to be one of television’s most best-beloved characters? Actor William Shatner, 77, who plays the “skirt-chasing, politically incorrect, stogie-puffing tough but tender”…

Are These the 25 Greatest Legal Movies?

What would Hollywood do without lawyers? In a town built on copyrights and cosmetic surgery, lawyers have done far more than pen the small print in studio contracts or post…

True-Crime Book Wins $60K Prize

A non-fiction novel about a notorious unsolved murder of a child that happened more than 100 years ago has won a pricey prize from the BBC.

Kate…

5 Miami Judges Hold Court on Nation’s TV Airwaves

In what is surely a record for any one U.S. city, five former Miami criminal judges are now holding court on reality television shows, and two were nominated for Emmy…

Quick! Which Sitcom Does This Law Firm Most Closely Resemble?

Why is Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom like Leave It to Beaver? Or, for those too young to recall the popular family television show of the 1950s and 1960s,…

Attorney & Best-Selling Author Phillip Margolin Still Starts His Day Early

A criminal defense lawyer for 25 years, Phillip Margolin still goes to the office every day in Portland, Ore., at 7:30 a.m. Except now, as a best-selling author of legal…

Taboo But True: ‘Savage Grace’

Were it not based on an actual crime, Savage Grace might seem too bizarre a story to merit belief.

But the 1972 murder of socialite Barbara Baekeland, who was married…

Street Legal

In the rap world it’s all about street cred. And Emeka Onyejekwe has credibility—just not the kind typically as­sociated with rap. What he does have is a law degree from…

Law Profs Apply ‘American Idol’ Concept to Criminal Law Review Topics

Move over, American Idol: For serious legal scholars, watching to see how a select group of criminal law professors decides whose ideas are best-expressed is becoming something of a spectator…

‘Legal Secretary’ Stars in New TV Series

A new Showtime miniseries that debuts tonight will offer an entertaining look at perceptions of law firm life as a subtheme.

Already a hit in the United Kingdom, the “surprisingly…

Lawyer’s ‘Cribtastic’ Office Lands Him Movie Role

Steve Stodghill practices in Dallas as a litigation partner at Fish & Richardson. But a recent movie offer gave him a chance to demonstrate his corporate deal-making skills, too.

The…

Making Crime Pay

Americans have always had a peculiar relationship with crime and criminals. Each generation seems to fret about unprecedented lawlessness, while bestowing on its most outrageous criminals the kind of celebrity…

Making TV Legal

Behind those megahit lawyer shows are some pretty unusual lawyers

‘Unlikely Blogger’: Nancy Gertner, a Federal Judge

Among the contributors to Slate’s new blog on legal issues is Nancy Gertner, a former criminal defense lawyer who is now a federal district court judge.

According…

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