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How Ethical is Your Favorite Television Lawyer?

How Ethical is Your Favorite Television Lawyer?

With shows like “Scandal,” “Suits” and even “The Grinder,” television about lawyers and government procedures continue to carve out their own subgenre. But how do those TV lawyers hold up to the law’s standard of ethics? This handy infographic picks 12 shows with prominent lawyers to (cross-)examine the quality of their ethics, pointing out how and when TV lawyers traverse the bounds of acceptable behavior in the name of entertainment. 

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Jayne Reardon, executive director for the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, mentions her inspiration for making the infographic came from the disappointing public opinion of the trustworthiness and ethics of real-life lawyers and her interest with television’s role in that opinion. 

Citing a recent public opinion poll, that showed a whopping 85 percent of the public who assume the ethics of TV lawyers’ are as good or better than real lawyers, Reardon began to wonder how ethical television lawyers really are. Basing her judgment on the standards of the Commission on Professionalism, the infographic issues an ethics report card to favorites like “Suits,” “The Wire,” “Jag” and more. 

How did your favorite TV lawyer fare? Click here to view Reardon’s original post. 

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