Fictional Lawyers Reel Lessons to be Learned

Vol. 42 No. 3


Anna Stolley Persky is a freelance writer in the Washington, D.C. area.

From the enshrined-in-our-culture Perry Mason to the more contemporary Saul Goodman, fictional lawyers, and the writers behind them, provide hours of amusement as they muddle through outrageous imaginary ethical dilemmas.

After all, real-life lawyers never face the same scenarios. Or do they?

“Actually, the situations may be exaggerated, but they are often still based in real life,” said Michael Asimow, a visiting professor at Stanford Law School, who teaches classes on pop culture and the law. “Law students can learn more watching how a great actor deals with a situation than they would listening to a dry lecture on ethics.”

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