This Profound Courtroom Drama Changed My Life!

Many lawyers point to Gregory Peck's performance as Atticus Finch as a touchstone and inspiration that led them into a life of law.

For me it was a little different....

I hope you enjoy this insight into what inspired me -- indeed, what still inspires me -- to become the best possible lawyer I know in my heart I can be.


  1. For me it was Al Pacino in And Justice for All

    Arthur Kirkland: The one thing that bothered me, the one thing that stayed in my mind and I couldn't get rid of it, that haunted me, was why. Why would she lie? What was her motive for lying? If my client is innocent, she's lying, why? Was it blackmail? No. Was it jealousy? No. Yesterday I found out why. She doesn't have a motive, you know why? Because she's not lying... And ladies and gentlemen of the jury, the prosecution is not going to get that man today, no, because I'm gonna get him! my client, the Honorable Henry T. Fleming, should go right to fucking jail! The son of a bitch is guilty!

  2. Arthur Kirkland: That man is guilty! That man, there, that man is a slime! he is a *slime*! If he's allowed to go free, then something really wrong is goin' on here!

    Judge Rayford: Mr. Kirkland you are out of order!

    Arthur Kirkland: You're out of order! You're out of order! The whole trial is out of order! They're out of order! That man, that sick, crazy, depraved man, raped and beat that woman there, and he'd like to do it again! He *told* me so! It's just a show! It's a show! It's "Let's Make A Deal"! "Let's Make A Deal"! Hey Frank, you wanna "Make A Deal"? I got an insane judge who likes to beat the shit out of women! Whaddya wanna gimme Frank, 3 weeks probation?

    Frank Bowers: *Dammit!*

    Arthur Kirkland: [to Judge Fleming] You, you sonofabitch, you! You're supposed to *stand* for somethin'! You're supposed to protect people! But instead you rape and murder them!
    [dragged out of court by bailiffs]
    Arthur Kirkland: You killed McCullough! You killed him! Hold it! Hold it! I just completed my opening statement!

  3. That's so '80s, SFL. I would have thought a '70s classic shaped your career, such as Smokey and the Bandit or The Paper Chase.

  4. To be serious I was a huge fan of Paper Chase.

  5. You're cool, SFL.

  6. ditto, thanks for making bored lawyers laugh a little.

  7. For me it was George Harrison's video to his great snarky song This Song.

  8. @ 6:18

    Good one -- but an honorable mention must go to the equally snarky "Sue Me Sue You Blues".

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