Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Kudos to Kelly Lynn Anders (Creighton University Law School) for her book, “Advocacy to Zealousness: Learning Lawyering Skills from Classic Films” (Carolina Academic Press). The book lists 26 skills that each lawyer should develop. In addition to offering a brief discussion of the skill, the book summarizes a film associated with the skill. It then offers discussion questions about the film and a list of brief exercises that the reader can use to improve on the skills.
Here are a few examples of skills and the movies that the book pairs with them:
Questioning: Inherit the Wind
Loyalty: The Paradine Case
Empathy: Gentleman’s Agreement
Compassion: To Kill a Mockingbird
Versatility: The Man who Shot Liberty Valance
This is a very creative book and a boon to those of us who are addicted to Turner Classic Movies.