Unethical Lawyers in "The Firm" Film Review by Nicky

Unethical Lawyers in "The Firm"
An examination of the lawyers' ethical lapses in the film "The Firm," adapted from John Grisham's best-selling novel of the same title.
# 149318 | 1,812 words | 6 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 05, 2011 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , Law (General)

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The paper reviews and analyzes specific examples of lawyers' ethical lapses in the film "The Firm," based on John Grisham's best-selling novel, that are blatant violations of the American Bar Association's (ABA) Model Rules of Professional Conduct. The paper then discusses why Grisham and others portray lawyers negatively and why there is an abundance of skepticism about lawyers' ethical behavior.

Violations of ABA's Model Rules of Professional Conduct in The Firm
Background: Why Grisham (and others) Portray Lawyers Negatively

From the Paper:

"UCLA Law Professor Michael Asimow ("Embodiment of Evil: Law Firms in The Movies") asserts that lawyers in movies are portrayed as "greedy, heartless, predatory, unethical and often buffoonish or incompetent" (Asimow, 2001, p 2). That having been said, Asimow goes on to explain that "in several respects" the dark treatment lawyers receive in the movies "is generally accurate" (Asimow, p 3). Moreover, the depiction of law firms' "billing improprieties" and "hardball litigation tactics seem "justified" according to Asimow (p. 3).
"On page 16 of his essay, Asimow dips into Grisham's films, saying Grisham (who is also an attorney) "has made a very profitable business of trashing law firms"; about the only "decent human beings and ethical lawyers to be found" in Grisham's books are pro bono lawyers, legal service lawyers, and "young lawyers just entering the profession who have yet to be tainted by it." That last description seems perfect for Mitch McDeere, who is just out of Harvard Law School and is seduced into joining The Firm by a lavish offer that includes a shiny new car, a classy home, a handsome salary and promises of more perks and bonuses if he plays ball with The Firm's many secretive, shadowy guidelines."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American Bar Association. (2009). Model Rules of Professional Conduct. Retrieved July 10,2009, from http://www.abanet.org.
  • Asimow, Michael (2000). Bad Lawyers in the Movies. Michael Asimow's Scholarly Papers.UCLA School of Law. Retrieved July 9, 2009, fromhttp://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=48152.
  • Asimow, Michael. (2001). Embodiment of Evil: Law Firms in the Movies. Michael Asimow's Scholarly Papers. UCLA School of Law. Retrieved July 9, 2009, from http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=48152.
  • DePree, Chauncey M., and Jude, Rebecca K. (1994). What are reasonable fees and expensesfor legal services? The CPA Journal, 64(11), 82-84.
  • Grisham, John. (1991). The Firm. New York: Doubleday.

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