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Need a Break? The Library Can Help with Our Legal Themed Movie Collection!

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In 2012, we blogged about the 25 greatest legal movies of all time and took a poll as to which movies our students preferred most.

This time we are reposting the 2008 ABA Journal listing which featured 25 of the best legal movies and we’ve added hyperlinks to the records in our own library catalog.  Take a look and see what’s available.  We might have something that will help you make the most of your relaxation time over Spring Break!

  1. To kill a mockingbird [videorecording]
  2. 12 angry men [videorecording]
  3. My cousin Vinny [videorecording]
  4. Anatomy of a murder [videorecording]
  5. Inherit the wind [videorecording]
  6. Witness for the prosecution : [DVD]
  7. Erin Brockovich [videorecording]
  8. The verdict [videorecording]
  9. Presumed innocent [videorecording]
  10. Judgment at Nuremberg [videorecording]
  11. A man for all seasons [videorecording]
  12. A Few good men [videorecording]
  13. Chicago [videorecording]
  14. Kramer vs. Kramer [videorecording]
  15. The paper chase [videorecording]
  16. Reversal of fortune [videorecording]
  17. Compulsion [videorecording]
  18. And justice for all [videorecording]
  19. In the name of the father [videorecording]
  20. A civil action [videorecording]
  21. Amistad [videorecording]
  22. Miracle on 34th Street [videorecording]

Honorable Mentions

  • THE ACCUSED (1988) Jodie Foster is a woman who is gang-raped in a bar and, when the rapists go free, goads a reluctant prosecutor to pursue the patrons who urged them on. The accused [videorecording]
  • ADAM’S RIB (1949) George Cukor’s mannered comedy, with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn as married lawyers who oppose each other in court. Adam’s rib [videorecording]
  • BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT (1956) Dana Andrews is a writer who sets himself up on a murder rap to reveal the shortcomings of circum­stantial evidence.
  • THE CAINE MUTINY (1954) Humphrey Bogart is riveting in this adaptation of Herman Wouk’s complex novel about military authority and moral duty. The Caine mutiny [videorecording]
  • CLASS ACTION (1991) A father and daughter clash in and outside the courtroom as they square off in a volatile product liability case. Class action [videorecording]
  • THE CLIENT (1994) Susan Sarandon is an underwhelming lawyer who finds herself representing a young boy who has witnessed a Mafia hit. The Client [videorecording]
  • COUNSELLOR AT LAW (1933) John Barrymore is a workaholic lawyer who is in danger of losing his family in this William Wyler film.
  • THE COURT-MARTIAL OF BILLY MITCHELL (1955) Otto Preminger directs Gary Cooper in this tale of the real-life maverick general who thinks an airplane can sink a ship—and is court-martialed for proving it. The Court-martial of Billy Mitchell [videorecording]
  • THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE (1997) A new attorney introduced into the world’s most powerful law firm discovers that its managing partner is morally challenged. Devil’s advocate [videorecording]
  • THE FIRM (1993) Tom Cruise is recruited by a prestigious law firm that he gradually learns has a very sinister background. The Firm [videorecording]
  • THE FORTUNE COOKIE (1966) Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon romp in this Billy Wilder comedy about a sleazy lawyer who talks a relative into feigning injury for the sake of a lawsuit.
  • GHOSTS OF MISSISSIPPI (1996) The true story of efforts to bring to justice Byron De La Beckwith for the 30-year-old murder of civil rights activist Medgar Evers. Ghosts of Mississippi [videorecording]
  • INTOLERABLE CRUELTY (2003) The Coen brothers reveal their take on divorce law. George Clooney is at his toothy best.
  • JAGGED EDGE (1985) Defense attorney Glenn Close gets close to a client, played by Jeff Bridges, who is on trial for the murder of his heiress wife. Jagged edge [videorecording]
  • JFK (1991) Oliver Stone takes on New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison’s efforts to solve the Kennedy assassination. History yields to riveting storytelling.
  • LEGALLY BLONDE (2001) Reese Witherspoon became one of the most sought-after actresses in Hollywood after ridiculing the elitism of Harvard Law. Legally blonde [videorecording]
  • LIAR, LIAR (1997) A hilarious vehicle for Jim Carrey, who plays a lawyer who finds he is physically incapable of telling a fib. Liar liar [videorecording]
  • MICHAEL CLAYTON (2007) George Clooney shines in this look at the dark underbelly of big-firm law. Michael Clayton [videorecording]
  • MUSIC BOX (1989) Hungarian immigrant Mike Laszlo, accused of being a war criminal, asks his daughter (Jessica Lange) to defend him in court. She learns more about him than she wants to know.
  • NORTH COUNTRY (2005) It’s one wom­an against the system: The extra­ordinary Charlize Theron plays a miner who sues the company. North country [videorecording]
  • THE PELICAN BRIEF (1993) A law stu­dent discovers a plot to assassinate U.S. Supreme Court justices in this John Grisham adaptation. The pelican brief [videorecording]
  • THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT (1996) Cameos abound in this portrayal of the trial of the renowned porn publisher. The people vs. Larry Flynt [videorecording]
  • PRIMAL FEAR (1996) Richard Gere is the attorney and Edward Norton a young altar boy accused of killing a priest in a story whose plot twists and turns. Primal fear DVD 126 [videorecording]
  • THE RAINMAKER (1997) Another John Grisham lawyer fights the system, this time with Matt Damon starring and Francis Ford Coppola directing. John Grisham’s The rainmaker [videorecording]
  • A TIME TO KILL (1996) An earnest retelling of the Grisham novel about a racially charged killing in the Deep South. Matthew McConaughey and Sandra Bullock spark. A time to kill [videorecording]

~Jane Fraytet~

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Charlotte School of Law Now Offering Corporate Compliance Certificate Program Online

Charlotte School of Law announced earlier this week a new online Corporate Compliance Certificate Program beginning July 2015 that will prepare graduates for the CCEP (Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional) exam.  According to the article “The Hottest Job in America: Compliance Officer” from the Wall Street Journal, “In a U.S. economy struggling to create jobs, at least one field is booming: compliance.  Hefty fines and other penalties have jolted companies, especially banks, into a compliance hiring spree, as governments at home and abroad tighten business laws and regulations and ramp up their enforcement activity.”

The program provides a certificate needed to start a career in the compliance field where there are opportunities for recent or experienced college graduates looking for career advancement.  Law students and lawyers may also advance in compliance, particularly individuals who hope to work in financial and securities sectors.  Completion of a CCB (Compliance Certification Board) accredited academic program is the only way for a person with no prior work experience in compliance to sit for the CCB certification exam.   For recent college or law school graduates, the compliance certificate offers a cost-effective, time-efficient route to a career in this field.

The city of Charlotte has been named one of the 10 fastest growing U.S. cities by CNNMoney, and is a major U.S. financial center.  As the second largest banking center in the U.S., Charlotte serves as headquarters for the nation’s second largest financial institution by assets, Bank of America.  Charlotte also serves as the headquarters for Wells Fargo’s capital markets activities including sales and trading, equity research, and investment banking.  There are eight Fortune 500 corporations in the Charlotte metropolitan area including Bank of America, Lowe’s, Nucor, Duke Energy, Sonic Automotive, Family Dollar, SPX Corporation, and Domtar.

Our faculty includes both industry experts and law professors which offers students the unique opportunity to balance rigorous academics with practical real-world experience. Our faculty includes:

  • Kevin Anderson, CCEP, Divisional Vice President at Family Dollar
  • Peter C. Anderson, CCEP, Principal at the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
  • Beau H. Baez, Assistant Professor of Law
  • Beth M. Colling, CCEP, Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer at Schlaeffer Group, USA
  • Tiffani W. Greene, CCEP, Partner at Compliance Ally Consulting
  • Susan Rowe, Director of Legal Writing & Research and Assistant Professor

The courses for this program will be offered entirely online, including lectures, office hours, and examinations.  All courses are delivered in an asynchronous format, so that students can progress at their own pace.  The program consists of eighteen (18) credit hours for non-lawyers.  Law students and lawyers may skip the first two classes.  The curriculum covers the subject matter tested on the CCEP exam.

Visit the course website at www.CharlotteCorporateCompliance.com for more information or to apply.  You can also contact our Program Coordinator at (704) 808-8030 or CharlotteCorporateCompliance@Charlottelaw.edu.

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Textbook Giveaway!

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by | March 25, 2015 · 8:00 am

Thomas Receives Lucile Elliott Scholarship Award

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Betty Thomas, Reference Librarian at Charlotte School of Law, has been awarded the Lucile Elliott Scholarship. The scholarship, sponsored by the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries (SEAALL), was established to provide financial aid to improve one’s career in law librarianship. Part of the purpose of this award is to encourage recipients to remain in the profession.  The selection committee considered the length of membership in SEAALL, participation and service to the library profession, and the intended use of the scholarship. Thomas will be using the scholarship to attend the SEAALL Annual Meeting and Conference in April in Lexington, Kentucky. As a requirement of the scholarship Betty will be writing an article for the chapter’s quarterly newsletter, Southeastern Law Librarian.  Betty says she is “honored to receive the Lucile Elliott Scholarship and excited about going to SEAALL.”

Betty is also appreciative of the significant support from the management of the Charlotte School of Law in helping her achieve this recognition.

 

Betty Thomas

Betty Thomas, Part-Time Reference Librarian

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Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — March 23, 2014

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 How to Deal with Crushing Feedback on Your Creative Work

The moment of truth arrives, when the client delivers his verdict: “Well, I have to say I expected something better than that.”  Sarah is crushed. For a moment, she almost starts defending the work and explaining the thinking behind it. But instead, she takes a deep breath and asks a question.  “What is it you’re not happy about?”

Law Librarians and the Technology-Ready Law Student

Christine M. Stouffer, Director of Library Services at Thompson Hine LLP in Cleveland, has a nice article in the February issue of the AALL Spectrum. It’s called, “Closing the Gap: Teaching ‘Practice-Ready’ Legal Skills,” and talks about the “widening gap between legal education and real-world legal practice skills” and the role that law librarians can play in narrowing that perceived gap.

 13 States Have Adopted Ethical Duty of Technology Competence

In 2012, something happened that I called a sea change in the legal profession: The American Bar Association formally approved a change to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct to make clear that lawyers have a duty to be competent not only in the law and its practice, but also in technology.

Napa: Wine Library Pairs Bookworms, History Buffs

It turns out one of Napa Valley’s best places to learn about wine doesn’t even require a glass.  The Napa Valley Wine Library, which is housed at St. Helena’s public library, maintains one of the country’s most comprehensive collections of writing about wine.

New Service Could Wipe Clean Criminal Records

For the first time, the county’s SelfServe Center has joined with the Charlotte School of Law to offer an upcoming clinic to have certain criminal charges removed once and for all.

Take the 146-Question Knowledge Test Thomas Edison Gave to Prospective Employees (1921)

The unusual hiring practices of giant, innovative American technology companies have become the stuff of modern myth, but the usage of seemingly job-unrelated intellectual tests as a filter for potential employees has a much longer history. Thomas Edison, that original giant of American technological innovation, put forward the first famous example: a 146-question test on subjects of general knowledge from geography to history to physics to the price of gold.

Florida and the Science Who Must Not Be Named

The oceans are slowly overtaking Florida. Ancient reefs of mollusk and coral off the present-day coasts are dying. Annual extremes in hot and cold, wet and dry, are becoming more pronounced. Women and men of science have investigated, and a great majority agree upon a culprit. In the outside world, this culprit has a name, but within the borders of Florida, it does not.

LinkedIn Expands Efforts to Help Colleges Keep in Touch with Students and Alumni

LinkedIn is doing more these days to attract college students, and to work with colleges to use the website to get better data on what their students do after graduation.  The social-networking company announced on Wednesday a new feature that allows college students and graduates to add their college affiliation to the education section of their profile by clicking a button on the college’s website or in an email from the college. When they do that, public information from their profile, such as where they live and work and what they do, is then compiled into college-specific metrics.

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