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Being Bogart: Professional Identity after Michael Clayton

34 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2011 Last revised: 5 Jun 2015

John Denvir

University of San Francisco - School of Law

Date Written: March 4, 2011

Abstract

The best movies are more than entertainment; they also can teach us lessons we need to learn. Movies can offer us both critical insights about how the world really works and also hints of a better future. In this essay I suggest the George Clooney character in "Michael Clayton" performs the first function and the Humphrey Bogart character in the "The Maltese Falcon" the second. Young lawyers might find that “being Bogart” might be the answer to the riddle of how to be a good lawyer in a bad world.

Keywords: popular culture, legal profession, legal ethics, law and society

Suggested Citation

Denvir, John, Being Bogart: Professional Identity after Michael Clayton (March 4, 2011). Univ. of San Francisco Law Research Paper No. 2012-18. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1777210 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1777210

John Denvir (Contact Author)

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San Francisco, CA 94117
United States

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