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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Legal lessons learned from Reese Witherspoon

The Ordway is apparently getting into the field of legal education. It just announced its 2008-09 season, and, starting in late April 2009, the theater will host the musical version of the Reese Witherspoon movie "Legally Blonde." For those who missed this legal classic, it features a ditsy Malibu Barbie-type California sorority sister who enrolls in Harvard Law School to win back her old boyfriend. She winds up trying a murder case as 1L and, in a pivotal scene, using her hairdressing knowledge during a cross-examination to discredit a witness and win.

OK, OK, it isn't "To Kill a Mocking Bird," but I must admit the movie gave me a chuckle or two. I have not seen the musical version yet, but, if you recall the character Billy Flynn from the musical "Chicago," you know it isn't the first time a lawyer has been made to sing and dance in a Broadway-style production.

If the Ordway wants to get a lot of lawyers to go to "Legally Blonde," it should apply for CLE credits. If they call it a "Law and Literature" program and agree to provide attendees with free chocolate chip cookies, they may just be able to pull it off ....

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