The Louisville Bar Association is sponsoring one of my favorite legal movies – “To Kill a Mockingbird” on October 18, 2012. You can also obtain one hour of continuing legal education credit on ethics for $30. Else, enjoy the movie, soda and popcorn.
For quotes from Atticus Finch in the movie, click here.
Although the movie focuses on racial prejudice in a small southern town, several statements from Atticus apply to any and all Kentucky trial attorneys whether in court, mediation, negotiation, deposition for the simple reason they are simple time enduring truth.
A few of my favorite quotations are:
- “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
- “The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
- “Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It’s knowing you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”
- “Best way to clear the air is to have it all out in the open.”
This is the way cases should and need to be tried. A lawyer representing someone who was injured from a car accident or automobile collision needs to understand what his or her client is feeling, suffering, and dealing with in order to fully represent him. Some say spend time with the client at their home, with their family, with the life they must now live and you will discover the inner turmoils of your client better than asking questions and jotting down answers at your office. Gerry Spence says you have to crawl into your client’s skin. T’is oh so true.
As for following your conscience rather than the dictates of others, the Bible says it most eloquently in Isaiah 30:21 (ERV)
21 If you wander from the right path, either to the right or to the left, you will hear a voice behind you saying, “You should go this way. Here is the right way.”
Courage is fighting the unwinnable fight and pursuing justice for those for whom it has been denied.
Robert Mulligan’s To Kill a Mockingbird is a 1962 film adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning autobiographical novel. The film is a searing portrayal of race and prejudice told through the eyes of a little girl. Set in a small, racially divided Alabama town in the 1930s, the story focuses on scrupulously honest, highly respected lawyer Attics Finch (Gregory Peck). Finch puts his career on the line when he agrees to represent Tom Robinson (Brock Peters), a black man accused of raping a white woman.
Following the screening, Professor Al Gini (Loyola University) and Dr. Barry Padgett (Belmont University) will lead a discussion of issues raised by the film.
This optional CLE program with One (1) hour of ethics credit (pending) is only $30. [to enroll click here]
Cancellation policy: All meetings must be cancelled 24 hours in advance to avoid forfeiting the registration fee.
|Program Host:||The Louisville Bar Association and The Waterman Fund Grant|
|Time Details:||1:00 PM through 4:30 PM
Registration begins 12:45 p.m.
|Place:||Louisville Bar Center, 600 W. Main St.|
|Credit:||1.0 CLE Ethics Hours – Approved|
|Course Pricing:||MEMBERS: $30.00
|Course Material Only:|
|Lunch Options:||No Lunch Available|
- To Kill a Mockingbird – LBA Movie and CLE Event on Oct. 18, 2012