Monday, June 27, 2005

The Law Firm

There are several lawyers who read the blog, and would like to know their thoughts about The Law Firm, another reality show that debuts in July. Here's what NBC says about the show. "Real lawyers. Real cases. Real consequences. Executive producer David E. Kelley (The Practice, Ally McBeal) brings a real legal drama to television. Trial attorney and legal analyst Roy Black will manage 12 actual lawyers competing against each other while trying real court cases with judges and juries, resulting in outcomes that will be final, legal and binding. Each week, one legal eagle is eliminated and the top attorney will receive a prize of $250,000. With plenty of drama inside and outside of the courtroom, the result is riveting entertainment. The compelling cases range from First Amendment issues to neighbor disputes to wrongful death. Distinguished judges will decide some of the cases, while a jury determines the others."

So do the lawyers on the show already have jobs at law firms? Will they stay with the firm after the show or start their own firm? Can (or will) someone lose their job or get disbarred for how they act on the show? How exactly does a First Amendment case work on TV where the lawyers are competing against each other?

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