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Revitalizing the Lawyer-Poet: What Lawyers Can Learn from Rock and Roll

A film essay, Revitalizing the Lawyer Poet offers a new vision of the role and responsibilities of lawyers that rejects the dichotomy between altruistic lawyers and self-interested business people. It also challenges lawyers to develop a more compelling understanding of how they can fulfill their duty to the public good through their everyday work and how they can promote access to justice for low and middle income Americans by expanding the role of non-lawyers.

Offered as a free resource for law school classes and continuing legal education programs, the film poses these questions:

  1. What is professionalism?
  2. What are the causes and consequences of the crisis of professionalism?
  3. Do lawyers have a public responsibility as intermediaries between the people and the law?
  4. Can lawyers make money, have fun, and do good, all at the same time?

The film is inspired by the scholarship of Russell Pearce, the Edward & Marilyn Bellet Chair in Legal Ethics, Morality, and Religion and a co-director of the Louis Stein Center for Law & Ethics at Fordham Law School. It is directed by Brian Danitz, Sundance Film Festival featured Director and Cinematographer of Academy and Emmy Award–winning films.