Jewish Lawyers on Television
Journal of the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Iss. 2, p. 14, 2017
15 Pages Posted: 7 Jul 2017 Last revised: 14 Jul 2017
Date Written: July 5, 2017
Jewish lawyers have appeared in numerous television series, including lawyer shows as well as soap operas and police stories. Many of these portrayals reflect negative stereotypes that suggest Jewish lawyers are worse than other lawyers. Jewish lawyers frequently are represented as shrewd, manipulative, cunning and unethical. Most are physically unattractive and many are obnoxious. These negative representations may reflect deep seated and persistent anti-Semitic views. However, some Jewish TV lawyers are presented in a mildly positive light and a few are very positively represented. This article introduces the Jewish TV lawyers and seeks to explain both the negative and positive stereotypes embodied in their characters.
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