Despite protests to the contrary, Americans love lawyers. Why else would movies such as “A Time to Kill,” “A Few Good Men,” and “The Verdict” be so popular? CompuScripts Court Reporters also loves lawyers, so for our monthly Change of Venue feature, we polled our staff about their favorite movies with legal themes. Of course, “To Kill a Mockingbird” tops everyone’s list. Attorney Morris Dees, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, has stated, “Its influence on my decision to take up civil rights law was profound.” With the stipulation that “To Kill a Mockingbird” will always be number one, here are the rest of our favorites.
Maurine is CompuScripts’ videoconferencing coordinator, and one of her favorite movies is “Erin Brockovich,” the story of a small law firm’s battle with a giant utility company. Julia Roberts won an Oscar in 2000 for her portrayal of the title character, a feisty legal assistant-turned-investigator who redefines the notion of the casual workplace. Maurine’s favorite scene? “Towards the end of the movie, Erin’s boss presents her with her bonus check, telling her that it’s not the amount she expects. After an angry rant in which she accuses him of being untrustworthy, she finally looks at the check… and sees that it’s for $2 million,” Maurine says. “For the first time in the movie, she’s speechless.”
If you are in need of Communication Access Realtime Translation, or CART, services in a deposition or at trial, Stacey will handle your request. One of her favorite movies is “My Cousin Vinny,” the story of a New York lawyer who’s never won a case and his defense of his cousin in an Alabama murder trial. In naming it number three on its list of top 25 legal movies, the American Bar Association says the film features the “ best-ever introduction to the rules of criminal procedure.” “I remember being dragged to this movie against my will,” said Stacey, “because, frankly, Joe Pesci had just scared me so much in ‘GoodFellas’ that I couldn’t imagine him as a central character in a comedy. But my apologies, Joe Pesci. A funny underdog comedy.”
Carroll Ann is in charge of production at CompuScripts, which means that she schedules your court reporters and processes your transcript orders. Her favorite legal movie is the 1957 drama “12 Angry Men.” When Henry Fonda as Juror 8 casts the only vote for the acquittal of a young Puerto Rican murder suspect, tempers flare and prejudices emerge. The American Film Institute ranks “12 Angry Men” number 42 on its list of the 100 most inspiring films of all time. “This film forces us to acknowledge that we all filter facts through personal bigotries and experiences,” said Caroll Ann. “It also demonstrates the danger in rushing to judgment.”
Kim operates the client development assistance desk at CompuScripts. You’ll most likely see her at the many events that CompuScripts attends and hosts for paralegals, legal assistants, and attorneys. One of her favorite movies is the Christmas classic, “Miracle on 34th Street.” When the real Kris Kringle runs afoul of an overzealous human resources officer at Macy’s, he finds himself in court, defending not only his sanity, but his very existence. “I cry when Kris sings in Dutch to the newly-immigrated Dutch girl,” said Kim, “and I cheer the arrival of the mail carriers in the courtroom at the end. I have a 30-year crush on Kris’s defense attorney.” “Miracle on 34th Street” is number 25 on the ABA’s list of best legal films, but it is number one on the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum’s list of the ten best postal movies!
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