Cinema of Law: The Law as Seen by Hollywood Movies


Cinema of Law returns for an eighth season!

Sponsored by the Berkshire Law Library, the Berkshire Bar Association and the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum, each evening of this four-part series features a well-known film with a plot that involves a legal subject, introduced by a member of the Berkshire Bar Association. Join us for all four nights or just come for your favorite. Tuesdays in March, beginning at 6 pm.

  • Tuesday, March 4:  A Civil Action, starring John Travolta (1998), will be introduced by Attorney Chris Dodig. The families of children who died sue two companies for dumping toxic waste: a tort so expensive to prove, the case could bankrupt their lawyer.

  • Tuesday, March 11: Class Action, starring Gene Hackman (1991), will be introduced by Attorney David W Murphy. Jeb Ward is an attorney who specializes in whistle blower, David vs. Goliath, type cases.

  • Tuesday, March 18: The Other Side of Immigration, a documentary, (2009) will be introduced by Attorney Joseph Best. Based on over 700 interviews in Mexican towns where about half the population has left to work in the United States, The Other Side of Immigration asks why so many Mexicans come to the U.S. and what happens to the families and communities they leave behind.

  • Tuesday, March 25: The Rainmaker, starring Matt Damon (1997) will be introduced by Attorney Buffy Lord. An idealistic young lawyer and his cynical partner take on a powerful law firm representing a corrupt insurance company.

Program free and open to the public.


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