LEGAL ETHICS – MOVIE REVIEW
Watch the film Michael Clayton (Directed by Tony Gilroy, Samuels Media and Castle Rock Entertainment, 2007) and answer the following questions:
Question A: Which moral framework do you personally believe to be the best framework for contemporary legal practice?
Question B: Do any of the characters Michael Clayton, Arthur Edens, or Karen Crowder frame their respective practices of law within this framework? (You should answer this question with respect to each character)
Question C: Do any of the actions of the character Michael Clayton exemplify what Simon describes as ‘Moral Pluck’ (see William H. Simon, ‘Moral Pluck: Legal Ethics in Popular Culture’ (2001) 101 Columbia Law Review 421)? Do you agree that these actions were justified, and what legal and professional consequences might the character face as a result of his actions?