Student's Choice Award: "The Story of Qiu Ju"

My vote goes to a Chinese movie that was part of the 30th New York Film Festival back in 1992. It took me 19 years to find out about this film and I just love it! “The Story of Qiu Ju” is a simple story, although developed in China it may not be different from the quest of others around the world, a quest for justice. Qiu Ju is a peasant in rural China. Her husband wants permission to build up a shed to dry chili peppers but the village’s chief deny the permission without further explanation. Frustrated and angry with the permit’s denial the husband mocks the leader for “raising only hens”, in reference to the fact that the chief have only daughters. In a one child policy China sons are preferable to daughters. The chief’s pride was injured and he beats Qiu Ju’s husband and kick him in


Student Choice Award: “The Accused” Gets It Right

When television and film portray the law, the audience usually sees stirring courtroom drama.  The defendant jumps out of his chair and screams “that witness is lying!”  The judge bangs his gavel and says “I’ll have order in this courtroom or I’ll clear the place!”  A witness breaks down on the stand under the severe stress of a cross-examination and cries while reluctantly telling the truth. However, what these films ignore is that by most calculations, only two to three percent of cases actually go to trial (not to mention the fact that even at trial, most of the action is mundane and not nearly as dramatic as one would expect).  Granted, the world of settlements and plea bargains does not make a good show, but that is the reality for most cases.  While “The Accused” ends with a climactic courtroom scene and satisfying verdict, the film understands the reality


25 Greatest Legal Films

As the public’s fascination with the law and judicial process increases so does the curiosity to study those legal films thought to exhibit the quintessential trials and tribulations of the legal profession. The ABA Journal satisfied this curiosity, in 2008, when it published its top 25 greatest law films ever made. The Forum on Law Culture and Society complements our culture’s inquiry by featuring pertinent legal films during the annual Forum Film Festival at Fordham Law. The Forum and ABA Journal are definitely in agreement about the existential appeal that exists to the drama, morality, curiosity, and honorable side of lawyers. Many heads despondently shake when “lawyer” and “honorable” are used in the same sentence, but alas, the legendary Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird, nominated by the ABA Journal as the best classic legal film ever produced, and the Forum’s 2007 feature movie. Atticus Finch depicts a morally


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Student Choice Award: The Social Network As A Law Film

The Social Network is a film about a number of trending topics.  The founding of Facebook, the emergence of social networking in society, and the powerful and continued development of online commerce, amongst others.  However, it is also a film in which the law is a meaningful component.  After all, much of the film focuses on two primary lawsuits that were born from Facebook’s founding, and the story is told through the eyes of two separate depositions being taken in connection with these suits.  As a result various notions of the law and the legal system are pervasive throughout the film. One in particular that jumps off the screen is a consideration of whether or not suing is honorable.  When the Winklevoss twins and Nivya Narendra learn of Facebook’s growing popularity and are contemplating their options, Tyler and Nivya want to sue, but Cameron does not. He feels that legal