As a service to its alumni and friends, the College of Law is happy to provide free CLE credits during the 2013-2014 academic year as it provides a wonderful opportunity to use the facility and reconnect. While we are able to offer the CLE course to Alumni of the College at no cost, all other attendees will be asked to pay a $20 fee at the door, exact change is required. All attendees are responsible for costs related to parking. For more information on where to park, please see below.
The Ethical Lawyer Goes To The Movies: Great Films Featuring the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct
Speaker: Rick Dooling, Visiting Professor of Law, University of Nebraska College of Law
DATE: Friday, September 13, 2013
TIME: 3:00 - 4:00pm
College of Law, Auditorium
Approved for 1 CLE credit hour
As I often do in class, I will show film clips from four or more of the following movies, and then put the text of the Model Rule dramatized by the clip and discuss the Model Rules as applied to the lawyers in the film clip.
- A Civil Action (based on the Pulitzer Prize winning nonfiction account of a toxic tort case in Massachussets. Stars John Travolta and Robert Duvall.)
- The Verdict (directed by Sidney Lumet, stars Paul Newman).
- Michael Clayton (directed by Tony Gilroy, stars George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Sydney Pollock; four or five great actors playing lawyers trapped in sticky ethical dilemmas and high stakes litigation).
- Kramer vs. Kramer (stars Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep in the middle of a messy divorce action).
- Witness For The Prosecution (directed by Billy Wilder-the best director who ever lived-and based on an Agatha Christie tale).
- The People Versus Larry Flynt (stars Woody Harrelson and Courtney Love; this is a first amendment warrior's film, directed by Milos Forman, telling the tale of Jerry Falwell's landmark Supreme Court case against Larry Flynt).
- Reversal of Fortune (based on the true story of Claus von Bulow's alleged murder of his wife, the heiress, Sonny von Bulow, and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz's successful appeal of a guilty verdict).
- To Kill A Mockingbird (starring Gregory Peck, based upon the famous Harper Lee novel).
Body Heat (starring Kathleen Turner and William Hurt; the rule against perpetuities has never been so sexy and dramatic).
- The Man Who Wasn't There (The Coen Brothers spin an elaborate murder mystery; starring Billy Bob Thorton and Tony Shaloub, as the slimy but likeable lawyer).
- Margin Call (fairly new and not much about lawyering, but no better movie on the recurring problem of representing the corporation, rather than the officers of the corporation).