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An inaugural lecture by Professor Janine Baker-Griffiths, Dean of Nottingham Law School

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Lawyers in Film and Fiction

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Drawing on actual examples, this lecture will examine what the portrayal of lawyers in popular culture tells us about legal ethics and its teaching.

  • From: Friday 19 June 2015, 12 am
  • To: Friday 19 June 2015, 12 am
  • Location: Lecture Theatre 4, Newton building, Main Entrance, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Monday 19 June 2017, 12.00 am
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Lawyers have always provided a rich source of material for writers and filmmakers alike. From Charles Dickens to John Grisham, there is an endless assortment of fictional lawyers for us to admire, despise and, on the odd occasion, even pity.

The images conveyed by film and literature can trigger strong emotional responses, with lawyers often being typified as the hero or villain of the piece, and judgments quickly formed as to whether they have done the right thing.

Drawing on actual examples, this lecture will examine what the portrayal of lawyers in popular culture tells us about legal ethics and its teaching. As will be seen, not all ethical dilemmas are as black and white as they sometimes appear on the big screen.

Professor Griffiths-Baker was educated at Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls and Cardiff University. She joined the University of Bristol in 1994 and successfully completed an LLM before winning a scholarship to pursue full-time research for a PhD, which she gained in 2000.

Janine has been instrumental in promoting ethical behaviour within the legal profession, through her teaching, research and as an editor of the international journal Legal Ethics. The American Bar Association referred to her monograph, Serving Two Masters, in reviewing its own codes of professional conduct and in 2003 she was appointed to the Law Society's working party on conflicts.

She frequently acts as a consultant on regulatory issues to national associations and prominent City law firms and was part of the research team responsible for the Home Office Report Experiencing Inquests. That report had a substantial influence on the Command Paper Death Certification and Investigation and was cited in the consultation papers which led to the Coroners Act 2009. Janine was made Professor of Law in 2008.

In November 2014, Janine was appointed Dean of Nottingham Law School, having previously been Dean of the Faculty of Business and Society at the University of South Wales.



  • 5.30 pm - Drinks reception
  • 6 pm - Lecture in Lecture Theatre 4
  • 7 pm - Drinks and canapes
  • 8 pm - Close.

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Lecture Theatre 4, Newton building, Main Entrance


Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street

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