Then, contact the lawyer to arrange a consultation. This is not only an opportunity for the lawyer to learn more about your situation, but also for you to learn more about the lawyer and the quality of the representation he will provide you. All Russell, Krafft and Gruber, LLP lawyers look forward to meeting with you to discuss your legal needs and prepare for next steps. We promise that, unlike Vinny, we will not wear brown tuxedos to court. In addition to the excellent snacks (pizza, popcorn, licorice – all movie supplies – all movie supplies), the program was excellent. It was a screening of the classic 1992 comedy “My Cousin Vinny,” punctuated by discussions of criminal procedure, courtroom decency, professional responsibility, unethical behavior, effective cross-examination, and the role of expert witnesses. Discussions on ethics and litigation tactics were led by John May, former president of the Bar Association, and Joe Roda, one of Lancaster`s top litigators. Besides the quality of the presentation, what struck me the most was how everyone in the room laughed as if we were seeing it for the first time, even though many of us had seen it more times than we wanted to admit. Vinny`s antics, from his ridiculous court-dress to his attitude in Brooklyn, which was not well received in the Alabama courtroom (as it may not have been here in conservative Lancaster County), struck a particularly funny tone in the room full of lawyers. Thank you for your support, because I have acted on what I initially feared. was just a stupid idea that a weekly quiz on legal ethics might have a chance. While the program was a lot of fun, it emphasized the importance and value of competent legal counsel.
When considering hiring a lawyer to take on your case, each client should research and ask questions to determine the lawyer`s reputation and level of skills, experience, and knowledge. Vinny`s customers were accused of robbing and shooting a store employee. However, when they were arrested, they thought it was accidental shoplifting. While in the store, Vinny`s cousin didn`t pay for an item he put in his pocket because his hands were full. A few weeks ago, the lawyer held a press conference during which he compared a client`s claims to a famous scene from this blog`s most popular legal film, My Cousin Vinny. Karen Rubin is a lawyer (and friend of this blog) who writes for The Law for Lawyers Today. Last year, Karen posted the balance sheet instead of the legal fees? Look carefully and observe the rules of ethics. The Pennsylvania Code of Conduct requires an attorney to represent a client competently, which requires the legal knowledge, skill, thoroughness, and preparation reasonably necessary to represent the client. In Vinny`s case, he lacked just about all the qualities of a competent lawyer, except for a wide range of cross-examination skills. But over the course of the film, with a bit of luck, a few sleepless nights and the help of his experienced auto mechanic fiancée, he managed to tinker with a successful defense. In real life, without the magic of the movie, the likely outcome of this scenario is not a matter of laughter: a guilty verdict and death sentence for Vinny`s nephew. Since the film has been around for 20 years, a lot of ink has been spilled on it, but there is at least one topic that is not often discussed, probably because it is only implicitly included in the film.
The problem is that the defendants, Bill and Stan, are jointly represented by Bill`s cousin, Vinny, but joint representation is fraught with ethical issues, especially in a criminal case. (For those looking for a connection to comics, I`d like to note that many supervillains work in groups and may find themselves in a common situation of representation. The same ethical issues apply.) Dan Riley is a third-year student at BC Law and has too much time. Feel free to contact him about My Cousin Vinny or any other movie or legal show he was supposed to show [email protected] As a lawyer, I have a love-hate relationship with TV shows and movies that portray the legal profession. On the one hand, I like to see a fictionalized and dramatized version of legal practice. If I`m honest, I thought it would be like being a lawyer before going to law school. On the other hand, I am often frustrated by unrealistic representations of the legal process and the expectations it creates for clients. Although TV shows like Law and Order make it look like you could commit a crime in less than 10 days, go to court and be acquitted spectacularly, in real life it takes a lot longer and is usually much less dramatic. There is a rule that prohibits a lawyer from advising or assisting a client in behaviour that he or she knows is criminal or fraudulent. A few years ago, Vermont added a comment to clarify that an attorney can assist and advise clients on issues of validity, scope, and meaning of laws, rules, and regulations that apply to a particular product/industry.
The commentary was added for several reasons, including the fact that the ethics rule makes no distinction between state and federal law. What I can do is watch a legal movie and then tell you about it. Last year, unable to write 500 to 800 words on shots or anything, I catalogued ten minor inaccuracies about the law school experience depicted in the feature-length documentary Legally Blonde. This time, I`m going to take a full look at My Cousin Vinny, a movie about besieged Italian-Americans starring Joe Pesci, and so, I suppose, directed by Martin Scorsese. Vinny`s joint representation of Bill and Stan was ethically problematic, even if it was ultimately only a theoretical problem. In my opinion, it is all the more worth investigating, as are the legal issues involved in comics. I also don`t think any other ethical violation hurts the film, as Vinny`s inexperience and ethical questions are central to the plot. My cousin Vinny holds up pretty well, even if he looks at him critically.
If you haven`t seen it, I recommend it. This is an outrageous situation made even more confusing by the lame media`s refusal to report it, but perhaps I shouldn`t start from malice where stupidity is the explanation.