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Lawyers, no less than other moviegoers, enjoy some movies for their realistic portrayal of events and others for the escape from reality that they offer. Most police thrillers or courtroom dramas would be far less engaging if they portrayed the events just as they happened. Yet as lawyers, we often find ourselves squirming in our chairs or burying our heads in our popcorn boxes when we see how Hollywood simplistically conflates the realities of the professional world that we know so well. Who will ever forget Al Pacino’s absurd courtroom retort in “And Justice For All,” when he responded to a judge’s admonition by bellowing at the court “I’m out of order? You’re out of order! This whole trial is out of order!”

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