Is There an Honest Lawyer in the Box? Legal Ethics on TV

13 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2020

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Carrie Menkel-Meadow

University of California, Irvine School of Law; Georgetown University Law Center


This chapter in a book edited by Michael Asimow, "Lawyers in Your Living Room: Lawyers on TV" (ABA Press, 2009) explores the treatment of lawyers' ethics (dilemmas, choices and ethics violations) on modern television programs about the law, including classics like Perry Mason and The Defenders and the more modern period of legal ethics on TV -- LA Law, Law and Order, Boston Legal and Eli Stone. Why lawyers' ethics are depicted on television and themes of generational learning, collegial support and socialization, and the "long-term" character development permitted by television are explored.

Suggested Citation

Menkel-Meadow, Carrie J., Is There an Honest Lawyer in the Box? Legal Ethics on TV. LAWYERS IN YOUR LIVING ROOM, ABA Press, 2009; UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2009-5; Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 1340205. Available at SSRN:

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