Check it Out: The Response

The Response is a 30-minute courtroom drama based on actual transcripts of the Guantánamo Bay military tribunals. This film illustrates the legal and ethical challenges of enemy detention in the war on terror as it brings the viewer inside an administrative hearing to determine whether a devout Muslim engineer from Pakistan should continue to be designated as an unlawful enemy combatant and held without trial. Watch as three judges must make that decision while they seek to balance individual liberties with national security interests. Check out The Response from the law library.


Check it Out: Ally McBeal

Calista Flockhart plays Ally McBeal, a 28-year-old Harvard Law School grad whose former college friend hires her at his prestigious law firm. Things get complicated when she finds out that her first love and his wife also work at the firm. The Emmy-winning program introduced its audience to dancing babies, unisex bathrooms and the word “wattle.” The television series focused on the romantic and personal lives of the eccentric lawyers at the fictional, Boston firm of “Cage, Fish & Associates.” Check out the complete first season of Ally McBeal from the law library.


Check it Out: Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law

Once a third-rate superhero, Harvey Birdman is now a third-rate lawyer. His cases always involve legal disputes between cartoon characters, many from Hanna Barbera cartoons. Harvey Birdman, created by Michael Ouweleen & Erik Richter, was originally broadcast during the 2000-2001 television season on Adult Swim, and is based on the characters created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Check out the complete first season of Harvey Birdman from the law library.


Check it Out: Law & Order

On Law & Order: The Fourteenth Year, Police City Detectives Lennie Briscoe and Ed Green are working the streets of New York City in relentless pursuit of criminals. Once the criminals are caught by Briscoe and Green, it is up to Executive ADA Jack McCoy and his assistant ADA Serena Southerlyn to bring them to justice. Check out the fourteenth season of Law & Order from the law library.


Check it Out: Matlock

In the television series Matlock, Ben Matlock is an Atlanta defense attorney who investigates crimes and fights for his clients, usually clinching a last-minute “Not guilty” verdict. Matlock is aided by loyal partner and daughter Charlene and private investigator Tyler Hudson. Check out the complete first season of Matlock from the law library.


Check it Out: Perry Mason

Raymond Burr stars as the brilliant defense lawyer Perry Mason who, with the assistance of his secretary Della Street and investigator Paul Drake, always wins his case with last minute evidence or sternly solicited confessions. Check out the complete first season of Perry Mason from the law library.


Check it Out: Night Court

In the sitcom Night Court, Judge Harold T. Stone presides over an unconventional Manhattan night court which deals with petty crime. The cases appearing before the court are bizarre, and Judge Harry Stone is assisted by an interesting group of clerks and District Attorneys who create as much chaos as the criminals on trial. Check out the complete first season of Night Court from the law library.


Check it Out: Scenes of a Crime

This film explores a nearly 10-hour interrogation that culminates in a disputed confession and an intense, high-profile child murder trial in New York state. In this true-crime documentary the directors Blue Hadaegh and Grover Babcock examine police video recordings to depict the complicated psychological dynamic between the police interrogators and the suspect. Check out Scenes of a Crime from the law library.


Check it Out: The Supreme Court

This is a four-part series exploring the history, impact and drama of America’s highest court. Known as the court of last resort, the Supreme Court, where nine judges appointed for life make monumental decisions that govern our everyday lives–from the contents of the nation’s daily newspapers to what we can do in the privacy of our own homes. The Supreme Court has helped author the history of America, and this series illustrates the history of the Court from its creation to the present. Check out The Supreme Court from the law library.


Check it Out: Women, War & Peace

This PBS mini-series challenges the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain, and reveals the central role of women in the quest for peace and justice in modern warfare. Narrated by Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, Geena Davis and Alfre Woodard, this mini-series is the most wide-ranging global-media initiative ever produced on the roles of women in war and peace. Check out Women, War & Peace from the law library.