Now that the semester is winding down and we’re fast approaching finals season, we’d like to offer a suggestion for inspiration/relaxation. There are numerous films and documentaries featuring public interest lawyers, public interest cases, and other influential members of the law community; taking a few hours off from studying and learning more about inspiring members of our profession might be a good way to spend an evening between now and finals.
The William S. Boyd School of Law hosted a public interest film festival earlier this year featuring 4 films worth checking out: American Idealist: The Story of Sargent Shriver, Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice, Chrisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed, and Soul of Justice: Thelton Henderson’s American Journey. Another inspiring film, Crime After Crime details the work of two lawyers who worked pro bono to see that justice was served. Conviction, starring Hilary Swank, is based on the true story of Betty Anne Waters who put herself through law school in an attempt to free her wrongly incarcerated brother. The HBO documentary Hot Coffee is also a great watch and attempts to reveal what really happened to Stella Liebeck, the Albuquerque woman who spilled coffee on herself and sued McDonald’s.
After you’ve grabbed your friends and some popcorn for an evening of law-related film, feel free to play critic and let us know what you think.