“The world must construe according to its wits; this court must construe according to the law.”
Sir Thomas More (“A Man for All Seasons” 1966)
There is an inconsistency between the reality of legal practice and how it is viewed by the rest of the world, including all the non-legal professionals involved in your cases: witnesses, clients, juries, etc. This engaging legal course explores the ties that bind law and popular culture to help you reconcile the differences and become a more effective attorney. Study the myths and truths about lawyers and the legal system and the effect they have on the success of your cases. Hear experienced attorneys share their tactics for re-educating juries and clients, and learn the very real and practical legal lessons art can teach – register today!
- Share and discuss your favorite examples of law in movies and on TV.
- Counter the common misconceptions that may hurt your case.
- Find out what questioning techniques do work in depositions and at trial.
- Hear our speakers' top picks of the art that teaches and inspires us to uphold the highest principles of the legal profession.
- “He who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client,” an old proverb says. Find out if it still holds true and get tips for dealing with pro se litigants on the opposite side of the v.
- Uncover your own biases and take an opportunity to see the law through the eyes of the uninitiated.
- Guard against bad litigation habits you might accidentally pick up from movies and TV.
- Learn the true principles in communicating emotions and attitudes non-verbally through actors' exaggerated gestures and body language.
Depictions of Law and Attorneys in Popular Culture
9:00 - 10:00, Gregory A. Hubbard
- In Literature and Music
(history of law in literature, lawyer thrillers, gangster rap, etc.)
- In Movies
(westerns and gangster films, courtroom dramas, historic films, comedies, etc.)
- On TV
(courtroom reality shows, documentaries, CSI and other crime dramas, law in the news, etc.)
- In Folklore and Online Viral Pop Culture
(jokes and urban legends, blogs, YouTube, and others)
Current Trends Shaping the Law: The Structure of our Society - Changing Tides
10:00 - 10:45, Peggy K. Little
- Internet Interactions
- School Expectations
- Family Foundations
Countering Common Misconceptions and False Expectations
11:00 - 12:00, F. Anthony Paganelli
- The Rift Between Law and Justice
- The Timeline of the Case – Do TV Crime Dramas Make Us Impatient?
- Case Management
- Prevalence of Forensic Evidence
- When and How it is Used
- How Long it Takes to Get Results
- How Conclusive (Unambiguous) the Results Are
- The Roles of the Professionals Involved in the Case
- Expert Witnesses
- Random Unqualified but Highly Motivated People
- Allowed Questions and Conduct in Depositions
- Acceptable Attorney Contact with Witnesses and Other Interested Parties
- Following the Proper Legal Procedure
- Courtroom Proceedings and Case Presentation Techniques
- Bullying Tactics in the Courtroom
- On-the-Stand Confessions
- Witness Examination – Asking Improper Questions and Making Long Speeches, and Getting Just a Slap on the Wrist for It
- Bad Habits Lawyers Pick up from TV and Movies
Real Advocacy Lessons from Fiction
1:00 - 2:00, Peggy K. Little
- Simplifying Complex Concepts without "Dumbing" It Down
- Reading Body Language - Learn from Actors
- Employing Sociolinguistics to Persuade
- Borrowing from the Best – What Does Work in Litigation
For the People – Pro-Se Litigants
2:00 - 3:15, Gregory A. Hubbard
- The Plain English Movement
- Free Legal Advice Forums
- Attorneys Ghostwriting Legal Documents for Pro Se Litigants – The Boundaries of Attorney-Client Relationship
- Pro Se Litigants: Coming to a Courtroom Near You! – Litigating Against Self-Representing Parties
Illustrated Legal Ethics
3:30 - 4:30, David J. Hensel
- Attorney/Client Relationship
- Guarding Confidentiality and Privileged Information
- Conflicts of Interest