Swimming with Shark
Nancy B. Rapoport
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law
July 8, 2008
LAWYERS IN YOUR LIVING ROOM!: LAW ON TELEVISION, Michael Asimow, ed., ABA Press, 2009
UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-34
In this essay, I discuss how Sebastian Stark (played by James Woods) seduces the lawyers on his legal team into ignoring legal ethics in favor of Stark's own version of ethics. Stark -- a criminal defense lawyer who becomes a deputy district attorney -- bends the ethics rules past the breaking point in order to put bad guys behind bars. His team of lawyers knows right from wrong but follows Stark's lead in breaking the rules anyway.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 13
Keywords: law and popular culture, legal ethics, professional responsibility
JEL Classification: K00, K1
Date posted: July 9, 2008 ; Last revised: June 30, 2009
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