I get asked a lot about whether being a practicing attorney is like being a lawyer on TV. Like most people, I love watching legal TV shows and courtroom dramas. It's one of the reasons I decided to become a lawyer. But sometimes they make me want to pull my hair out because they are so ridiculous.
Today I'm taking a break from teaching law students how to kick ass in law school. This one is just for fun.
In this video I tackle some of the most famous courtroom scenes in Ally McBeal, Boston Legal, and LA Law. Great dramas, but BAD lawyering. Most of them are preposterous, but I still love watching them.
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I hope this will be the first video in a series of "Lawyer Reacts" videos. There are a lot of portrayals of lawyers in the media including movies and TV -- and a lot of cringeworthy lawyering.
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In the rick and morty clip, the defendant is saying that his attorney is refusing to give him the discovery evidence which is in part necessary for him to be able to assist in his own defense, or in what seems to be the case in this instance in order to prepare to defend himself or get another attorney to defend him.
25:19 "....This guy sounds crazy...." Funny you should say that - he was judged schizophrenic and delusional by the Georgia prison system yet was still put on trial for murdering a cellmate, and he got LIFE. Denver Fenton Allen, look him up.
Aww, I was hoping that it would get to the part of the R&M reading where the judge gets so pissed off by the insane defendant he gets into a real verbal fight. Which is more or less why Roiland read the transcript anyway, because it's crazy from beginning to end.
Pleeease do more Boston Legal! It is one of my favorite shows and I would like to know how correct it is after all - not alone the fact that the series is clever, funny, has lovable characters and morality to offer.
Pretty please? ☆ﾟ.* ◉‿◉･｡ﾟ
You are amazing. I've only seen two of your videos, but this is not only an excellent use of Youtube, but a good extension of your influence on the world. Thanks for doing great and informative things.
i can't.. lol. "This attorney.." "That lawyer.."
His name, is *Alan Shore.* idk how old this guy is, or what he does in his spare time, but to call Denny Crane(!), William SHATNER, and call *JAMES SPADER* "that attorney" seems disingenuous, to the point where D. J.M.(?)Stone actually *said*: "IF I was an attorney.." 😂😂 What???
James Spader won *THREE Emmy's for portraying the same character on TWO Shows!* When he won in '07 against the "other James", (Gandolfini) in the last year in which the show, "The Sopranos" could be nominated, he famously quipped: *"Oh my goodness!😮 I feel like I just stole a big pile of money from the mob!"* 😂
So, the notion that *"this attorney",* D. James(?) Stone, knows who William Shatner is, but not JAMES SPADER, is *almost as ridiculous* as taking a judge from "BL" seriously!
21:30 that wasn't actually from Rick and Morty. As others may have mentioned already, it was based on a real court transcript "State of Georgia Vs. Rick Allen" Voiced by Justin Roiland from Rick and Morty and then animated by a talented fan!
Original video (i believe) https://youtu.be/WTWdP5DMdsM
you know that boston legal are more comedic ( and hiölariously crazy) of shoot of the practice tv series due to the popularity of the character Denny Crane and Alan Shore? and the case in the practice with those character are very interesting
When I was in jail awaiting sentencing, a man in the same holding cell was congratulated by my public attorney for winning his case while defending himself. Seems he was the talk of the public defenders' office.
Fun fact about the Boston Legal clip: the lawyer perfectly articulates the Catholic and Orthodox doctrine of transubstantiation. It’s not a view that’s sufficiently based in scripture, but perfectly mainstream and a far cry from heresy.
Making confidential information about ones salary is illegal in itself though. So whoever makes that information public is liable and could suffer consequences of varying degree. At least in my country, if an employee discloses confidential information (salaries, personal information of employees or heavens forbid - classified company information) he will get fired and that would be the least of his worries depending on the scale of his 'misdeed'.
Check out Goliath in Amazon Prime. Kinda cheesy, but I think it's pretty well written. It's about an anti-hero drunkard lawyer with a brilliant mind. Classic trope, but like I said, pretty well written. Great job on the vids!
Just discovered your channel the other night, loving it by the way. Was looking for your boston legal perspective (as it was one of my fav shows ever) and its on here, thanks! Also, it would be awesome if you could timestamp each of your clips.
I lost patience with Ally McBeal after a bit; the character was so frequently and flagrantly unstable at the office and in court- having outbursts, calling out the judge, unethical sexual relationships with everyone from judges to clients, actively hallucinating during proceedings- but was continually excused, coddled and enabled rather than receiving any deserved consequences.
What a fucking rip off ... I know friends that put they're lives in union 78 hazmat and get payed less ... I have friends in marine Corp and they get payed less ... How is this job payes more than any of thise dangerous jobs ... This is bullshit this is not fair ... Thats why i hate america and its bullshit that the banks have done to the people ... People are just sheeple at this point and #pigs are being pigs because they have nothing better to do ... Its disgusting
There's a movie called "From the Hip" with Judd Nelson as this young, hotshot attorney who tricks the senior partners at his law firm into giving him a case, but he does so well on that case that a man accused of murder wants him to be his lawyer. There's a lot of obvious BS going on in both trials, but it's highly entertaining BS, especially considering Ray Walston is one of the judges. Could you review a scene or two from it in one of your videos?
I would strongly object to your claim that representing oneself "pro se" is automatically a bad idea. My wife once did, during a long running dispute with her ex-husband over how much child support he was supposed to be paying. At one point, her ex had filed what we knew was a baseless contempt complaint against her, (for supposedly violating their custody agreement), and, long story short, not only did my wife pick up on two huge mistakes her ex-husband's attorney had made in discovery, (the attorney had failed to request some very important information, and had requested other financial information for the wrong year), but the day of the hearing, when that attorney realized her own mistakes, and attempted to request a continuance from the court so she could conduct further discovery, my wife pounced like a tiger and objected. With absolutely no legal training at all she made an extremely effective argument to the judge that she had turned over everything that had been requested of her, (a couple dozen pages of information all together), and she didn't feel that her ex-husband's attorney should be allowed to delay the hearing simply because that attorney had now realized she had made a mistake in her case preparation. Lastly, my wife told the judge that she was where she had been ordered to be by the court, when she had been ordered to appear, and she wanted to proceed. The look on that attorneys face was priceless when the judge sustained the objection, and refused to grant the continuance. After what turned out to be a very short hearing, the judge ruled in my wifes favor, and dismissed the contempt complaint with prejudice.
As we were leaving the courtroom, an attorney who had been watching the hearing approached us, and told my wife that she not only had handled herself perfectly before the judge, but also perhaps she should consider going to law school. I don't think I've ever seen my wife so proud of herself as she was that day in court.
I'd encourage you to reexamine your views on what is required of criminal discovery. There are some states out there where it is very possible to ambush the defendant. In Virginia the state is only required to provide Brady Material, a copy of the defendant's criminal record and any statements the defendant made. No witness lists are required, there no right to depos, and police reports can be withheld. I wish what you were saying about discovery was true everywhere, but it's very unfortunately not.
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