Clarence Darrow - Crimes, Causes, and the Courtroom

Event Description

Co-sponsored by the History Theatre, the Ramsey County Bar Association, and Periaktos Productions

A master of the courtroom stage, who possessed an uncanny understanding of human character, Clarence Darrow was arguably the greatest trial lawyer of the twentieth century. He was an adamant opponent of capital punishment and a passionate proponent of civil and human rights. Often called the "Attorney for the Damned," he fought for the underdog and took on criminal cases thought to be hopeless. Yet, while commanding respect as a trial lawyer, Darrow was often embroiled in bitter controversy for his unpopular stands on many issues and criticized for his purported unethical professional behavior.  With Graham Thatcher as Darrow, this spellbinding and realistic character portrait portrays his deeply held beliefs and hard fought courtroom battles.
Replete with humor, humanity and intense courtroom drama, the movie engages attendees in four of the great defense lawyer's most famous cases between 1910 and 1928:  Loeb and Leopold, Henry Sweet, the McNamara Brothers bombing of the LA Times Building and the Scopes "Monkey Trial." Using Darrow's own thoughts and courtroom summations, the movie explores timeless social, legal and ethical issues and provides a fresh and engaging tool to facilitate discussion of ethical behavior in and out of the courtroom.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
5:00 p.m. Reception with Appetizer Buffet
6:00 P.M. CLE Movie of CLARENCE DARROW:  Crimes, Causes and the Courtroom
and Audience Discussion with Panelists


Donald M. Lewis, Nilan Johnson Lewis PA
Marie Failinger, Devitt Professor Law, Michell Hamline School of Law
John Stuart, Retired Minnesota State Public Defender

CLE Credits:

2.5 Ethics CLE Credits Approved | Event Code: 282779


Adults: $25.00
Students: $15.00
CLE Registrants: $55 for RCBA Members; $75 for Non-Members
Discount Passes do not apply for this CLE.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Main Theatre / History Theatre Saint Paul, MN United States