Being Bogart: Professional Identity after Michael Clayton
University of San Francisco - School of Law
March 4, 2011
Univ. of San Francisco Law Research Paper No. 2012-18
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 34
Keywords: popular culture, legal profession, legal ethics, law and society
Date posted: March 7, 2011 ; Last revised: June 5, 2015