Everyone listened intently to what Laura Wasser had to say during thefilming of Liar Liar a couple of years ago. No, she wasn’t thedirector or the producer of the comedy, which starred Jim Carrey as anattorney compelled to be disarmingly honest. Instead, Wasser was there inher capacity as a practicing lawyer.

In one courtroom scene, Carrey jumped up from the counsel table, spinningaround like a Tazmanian devil before sashaying up to the judge. “That areais called the well,” Wasser pointed out, while perched in a director’schair that had her name emblazoned across the back. “Lawyers aren’t allowedto walk there.”