At 25, 'My Cousin Vinny' gets love from lawyers, judges, other legal professionals
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Many movies have come and gone in the past 25 years, and most have been forgotten.
But this month folks are celebrating the silver anniversary of “My Cousin Vinny,” a courtroom comedy with staying power. (NPR)
For example, the city attorney in Neptune Beach, Fla. who is also an adjunct professor, shows his students examples of Vinny Gambini's approach to the courtroom.
In Texas, a judge who is a fan of the "My Cousin Vinny" recently authorized a jury to watch the movie. (Fox 4)
Another story runs down a who’s who of legal professionals who love the movie about the leather-jacketed lawyer from New York who ends up learning on the job in an Alabama courtroom.
They include lawyer Alan Dershowitz, U.S. Circuit judge Alex Kozinski, who has organized screenings for colleagues, U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Posner, and Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett, among others. (The Australian)
Joseph F. Anderson Jr, a federal judge in South Carolina, says the movie showcases “textbook examples of effective cross-examination,” in an essay titled “Ten Things Every Trial Lawyer Could Learn from Vincent La Guardia Gambini.”
The others are
proper use of experiential experts
the ability to modify trial strategy
keeping ego in check
living life life outside law
the importance of having a mentor
- keeping promises