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Lawyers in Your Living Room! Law on Television

Lawyers in Your Living Room! Law on Television
Product Code: 5010062
Editor: Michael Asimow
Publication Date: June 1, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-60442-328-0
Page Count: 432
Trim Size: 6 x 9 Paperback
Sponsoring Entities: Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
Format: Book - 5010062
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About Lawyers in Your Living Room!

"Playing a hard-driven, unscrupulous defense attorney-turned-prosecutor in Shark was a real eye-opener for me as an actor and, more importantly, as a citizen."

-- James Woods
From the Foreword, Lawyers in Your Living Room


From Perry Mason and The Defenders in the 1960s to L.A. Law in the 80s, The Practice and Ally McBeal in the 90s, to Boston Legal, Shark and Law & Order today, the television industry has generated an endless stream of dramatic series involving law and lawyers. The way lawyers are perceived has depended on how they are portrayed on television series and in the media. A new guide, Lawyers in Your Living Room! Law on Television examines television series from the past and present, domestic and foreign, that are devoted to the law.

Written in an entertaining and relatable style, you'll enjoy the forewords by Sam Waterston (Law & Order) and James Woods (Shark), who share their experiences playing "real-life" lawyers and how their roles have shaped the way lawyers are perceived by the general public. Lawyers in Your Living Room! begins with an introduction and history of law on television. It then discusses the process of writing for television -- from courtroom to writer's room and how lawyers have played an important role in furnishing technical advice for TV. The book also discusses the media effects from television shows and legal ethics on TV.

Included are chapters on daytime television judge shows, including Judge Judy, and non-legal shows with important lawyer characters like The Simpsons, Seinfeld, or West Wing. The most popular television series, past and present, are also discussed, as well as popular shows abroad. All fans of legal television -- a group that includes almost everybody -- will enjoy this discussion of how TV shapes the views of lawyers and the law.

More Information

Table of Contents PDF
Foreword by Sam Waterston PDF
Foreword by James Woods PDF
Preface by Michael Asimow PDF
Introduction PDF
About the Authors PDF


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