Odyssey: Great Courtroom Dramas

Hollywood loves lawyers. And Hollywood loves judges, jurors, surprise witnesses, smoking guns, and falsely accused heroes, as well. Perhaps one of the reasons courtroom dramas are so reliable is that they follow a time-honored protocol. Whether they're plaintiffs or defendants, we're on the side of a plucky upstart who needs the help of a determined legal hand to fight injustice.

Usually, it's not just the characters being put on trial, either. It's the establishment, the system, the country, the past, and the future. No wonder there are so many memorable courtroom dramas. Yale film professor Marc Lapadula will be discussing and analyzing a broad lineup of the best and most compelling movie entries in this genre.

Movies will include Judgment at Nuremberg, Witness for The Prosecution, Inherit the Wind, 12 Angry Men, Anatomy of a Murder, To Kill a Mockingbird, And Justice for All, The Verdict, The Accused, My Cousin Vinny, Philadelphia, Erin Brockovich, and A Few Good Men.

Thursday, Oct. 21 and 28; 7 to 8:30 p.m. ET
Cost: $60 (2 sessions)

JHU full-time faculty/staff are eligible for 80% tuition remission. You will now be able to register online and receive the discount. You will still need to provide a remission document. For details, contact bhebron@jhu.edu.

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