Real Lawyer Reacts to The Simpsons (Itchy & Scratchy Trial)
Don’t have a cow, man. Lionel Hutz was right.
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The Simpsons is one of my favorite shows of all time. And this is one of the best episodes. Chester J. Lampwick claims he invented Itchy & Scratchy (and the whole concept of cartoon violence). With the help of Bart and Lisa, he files suit against Itchy & Scratchy Studios and Roger Meyers Jr., the head of the studio. Obviously, they hire Lionel Hutz to litigate....
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I get asked a lot about whether being a practicing attorney is like being a lawyer on TV. I love watching legal movies and courtroom dramas. It's one of the reasons I decided to become a lawyer. But sometimes they make me want to pull my hair out because they are ridiculous.
Today I'm taking a break from representing clients and teaching law students how to kick ass in law school to take on lawyers in the movies and on TV. While all legal movies and shows take dramatic license to make things more interesting (nobody wants to see hundreds of hours of brief writing), many of them have a grain of truth.
This is part of a continuing series of "Lawyer Reaction" videos. Got a legal movie or TV show you'd like me to critique? Let me know in the comments!
All clips used for fair use commentary, criticism, and educational purposes. See Hosseinzadeh v. Klein, 276 F.Supp.3d 34 (S.D.N.Y. 2017); Equals Three, LLC v. Jukin Media, Inc., 139 F. Supp. 3d 1094 (C.D. Cal. 2015).
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