The article uses the methodologies associated with law, film, and culture to explore how one of the most famous hero/lawyers allows his personal honor and ego to compel him to engage in unethical and unprofessional conduct. ANATOMY OF A MURDER is frequently used as a vehicle to discuss whether a lawyer violates professional ethics rules when he or she gives a client a hint of the law before getting the facts. The hero/lawyer is played by James Stewart who remains as an icon of the cowboy/lawyer who must defend honor to obtain justice. This article examines a different scene through a modern lens to uncover domestic abuse, inflated egos, and professional missteps.


Ethics and Professional Responsibility | Law and Society | Legal Profession | Women

Date of this Version

June 2007