Venue | Tilburg University
Date | 5th June, 2013
Time | 14:00–17:00
Registration | by email to email@example.com
This event is open to research master and PhD students.
Students will receive 1 ECTS credit for participating in the atelier.
This atelier will discuss the interface between law and popular culture by exploring the subject of bad lawyers in the movies. Prior to the class, students will watch the American film The Verdict (1982), read accompanying articles and prepare answers to seminar questions. This classic legal film, starring Paul Newman and James Mason, was written by David Mamet and directed by Sidney Lumet. It tells the story of a washed-up alcoholic lawyer who wins redemption by representing a comatose client who was the victim of medical malpractice. On the defense side, the lawyers employ every dirty trick in the book to defeat the plaintiff. The film raises profound ethical issues both within and outside the courtroom. The discussion will focus on the prevalence of bad lawyer representations in the movies and the impact these films have on the image of lawyers. We then turn to broader questions, such as the mechanism whereby the media of popular culture mirror and change public beliefs and attitudes. We will also discuss why many members of the public distrust lawyers and will consider whether this is specific to the litigation system of the United States or whether it is an aspect of legal culture that has global resonance.
This masterclass is open to students in all subject areas. A background in law is not required to participate in the event. The class will be followed by a two-day conference entitled Law and Popular Culture: International Perspectives at Tilburg University. Masterclass participants are warmly invited to attend the conference. This masterclass is kindly sponsored by the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis.