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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Would love to see you do the Canadian comedy show Trailer Park Boys Season 3 Episode 3, "If I can't smoke and swear, I'm f***ed" That episode's court room scene is akin to the scenes from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Love the channel, keep up the great content
R & M thing. real transcript. the man murdered someone in prison. They didnt do a full investigation or anything because they just wanted to processes him and move on. The person made a mockery of the whole court room. Even got the judge angry. the murderer had a long stay in prison already so having a judge threaten him with days in jail was literally a waste of breath. and i understand why you didnt break down the whole video.
Objection: It's fairly obvious you make this videos yourself, but you're attempting to represent yourself on the same large-studio format as BuzzFeed or Cracked, etc. I think you should state, FoR tHe ReCoRd, whether or not you use auto-focus and work alone in your own office.
Pft, I bet you don't even wear pants while shooting these on Saturday afternoon.
PLEASE! Do a review of season one of American Crime Story "The People V. OJ Simpson" obviously it was a real trial, but they took a couple serious liberties with how the trial was conducted that I think you can really tear into
man, you should be advising all these legal shows and stuff so they could make it more accurate. I'm not saying they wouldn't ignore you sometimes to add more drama and such but you'd probably be listened to a lot when it just came to the little stuff and just the procedure of the court and they would totally listen so their show seemed as realistic as possible.
That statement about Catholic doctrine is so ridiculously offensive that it would bias almost any Catholic against them. It's like using the "n" word in front of a black judge. A more professional judge probably wouldn't say anything but shouldn't this lawyer be also considered dumb also?
Why not remove juries? Or rather, mix lay judges with professional judges, (none of this appointment or elect crap)?
The Norwegian system is like this, and the judicial branch is mostly autonomous, and few things are decided by a single judge, (always a panel, even a confession-cases has a lay judge present)
I was hoping he got to more of the rick and morty, there’s a part we’re rick says there’s no autopsy report or coroners report and the judge says “well maybe he doesn’t have it” , other then the body still waiting for examination meaning the report is not yet made, I don’t see how that’s not part of the discovery and I was hoping to figure that out.
You should react to these videos I've been seeing on Facebook of this judge who keeps giving biased judgment and let's people off easy with certain violations like traffic tickets or stuff like that. He acts so emotionally and clearly shows no impartial judgement over relieving them of charges even if they are small.. it's ridiculous
Question. When you were talking about using the record to show a judge's impartiality, could that come back and bite you in the butt in a later case, or even the same case? If they weren't removed, could that further affect the judge's opinion towards you and affect your career? Also, would other judges take note of that, would it make the rounds in some sort of community of judges? Would you be known as the lawyer that challenges a judge's authority? Basically what I'm asking is that even though you would be legally correct in doing it, would it be a wise move and could it impact their view of you in the future?
Have you reacted to Night Court with Harry Anderson and Markie Post? Also, Harvey Birdman? I ask this just for some fun. Obviously they'll never be realistic, but could have some gems. [RIP Harry Anderson.]
OBJECTION: Foundation Established - Denny Crane has Mad Cow Disease (actually it's just early dementia), and he's Denny Crane. Therefore, Denny Crane would indeed blast his mouth off in front of the Judge. Score adjusted to A+ for Denny Crane Realism.
The funny thing is, according to the Catholic church and the principal of transubstantiation, the wafer and wine do transform literally into the body and blood of Jesus ( I used to be a Catholic. I wad an altar boy and everything). So the lawyer is not being offencive, all the religious zealots often take offense when their Doctrine is parroted back to them.
I know it an older movie, but I would love to see you react to Runaway Jury, I've always had question after watching it. Some about the lawyers, but mainly about the selection and conduct of the jury, and if something like that is even possible.
OBJECTION! The last clip reviewed for Rick & Morty relates to the client's defense attorney allegedly not providing discovery documents - not the prosecution. Thus, the issue is related to an attorney's duty of communication with their client. I don't know the jurisdiction, but for the model rules of professional responsibility this is rule 1.4. Most notably, rule 1.4(a) "A lawyer shall: ... (4) promptly comply with reasonable requests for information." In the instance the Rick & Morty clip there are reasons to doubt that defendant was making a reasonable request for information either because a request was never actually made or that the request may have not been reasonable. Whether or not the defense attorney in the clip was ethically deficient in regard to whatever version of rule 1.4 for the jurisdiction raises the question of whether those deficiencies met a relevant standard for the judge to order assignment of the defendant to a different public defender.
What to review next: Designated Survivor, episode 4 (has some constitutional doozies ["doozies" a technical term...])
For Boston Legal, there is actual a whole religious issue that surfaced in the debate between Protestantism and Catholicism: consubstantiation vs. transubstantiation. This debate centers on the ideas of whether communion is a metaphor of Christ's body or it is an actual literal event.
Just came across this channel, and I love it. I certainly would like your legal take on the major legal matters of the day like you did with the Supreme Court confirmation hearing recently. Two shows/movies I would love to see you react to would be the Rainmaker with Matt Damon and Danny DeVito and Making a Murderer! Great stuff, keep it up!
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