Lawyers Earn Credit in Discussions of Classic Movies about the Law

September 03, 2008

Media contact: Pat Vaughan Tremmel at (847) 491-4892 or

Leading Northwestern University School of Law professors will moderate discussions related to three award-winning films about the legal profession during the law school’s newly launched Advocacy and Ethics Film Series.

Chicago-area lawyers are invited to participate in the faculty-led analyses of the films, focusing on both the positive and negatives aspects of the practice of law. In the process, participating lawyers will earn Illinois Professional Responsibility credits.

All sessions (Oct. 3, Oct. 22, and Nov. 13) will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Northwestern Law, 375 East Chicago Ave. (After film series participants register, they will be mailed DVDs to view the movies before the discussions.)

Oct. 3
To Kill a Mocking Bird is based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee, whose primary themes involve racial injustice and the destruction of innocence; discussion led by Steven Lubet, Edna B. and Ednyfed H. Williams Professor of Law and director of the Fred Bartlit Center for Trial Strategy in the law school’s Bluhm Legal Clinic.

Oct. 22
12 Angry Men, produced in 1957 by Sidney Lumet and chosen for preservation in the United States National Film Registry, is about a jury member who tries to persuade the 11 other jurors to acquit the trial suspect on the basis of reasonable doubt; discussion led by Robert P. Burns, professor of law.

Nov. 13
Judgment at Nuremberg, a fictionalized film account of the post-World War II Nuremberg Trials; discussion led by David J. Scheffer, Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law and director of the Center for International Human Rights.

Each session is accredited for 1.5 Illinois Professional Responsibility credits.

For more information on Northwestern University School of Law’s Advocacy and Ethics Film Series, please call (312) 503-8932 or email


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