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For a Decent Summer Legal Show, Check Out Suits

June 26, 2011

Tags: Suits, ethics, sexual harassment

Suits, the new USA summer show about a guy passing himself off as a lawyer, had me worried at the beginning. The very first scene was a real lawyer lying to a client to get a deal closed. Thatís a huge, disbarrable no-no. The writers redeemed themselves when the characters discussed how interested the Bar would be in that incident. Two characters threatened each other with mutually assured destruction if one reported the other. I was so happy. Maybe Iím easily amused.

Then they had a sexual harassment case as our heroís first case, and I cringed. Shows about my area of practice are always the most difficult for me to watch because they get so much wrong. But Suits did a really nice job. Sure, they took some license, but not too much. They got the concept of . . . More

Franklin & Bash Get the Law (Mostly) Right

June 14, 2011

Tags: Franklin & Bash, conflict of interest, contempt, writing tips

I havenít decided whether or not Iíll be watching Franklin & Bash on a regular basis. I do try to give the latest legal dramas and comedies a chance, and this one is a rare summer legal comedy. It stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who I remember fondly from the old Saved By the Bell series. Heís all grown up and playing a lawyer along with Breckin Meyer. They are two outlandish ambulance-chasing lawyers who get convinced by senior partner Malcolm McDowell (one of my favorite actors) to come work for a big fancy law firm.

The first scene showed one of the bad boys of law disobeying a judgeís order. It made me very happy that this landed him in jail (briefly) for contempt. Thatís exactly what should happen.

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