Tuesday, October 18, 2005

THE EYES HAVE IT: Gauging public perception of attorneys

Survey guages attorney views of pop culture's depictions of lawyers Survey responses to the September 2005 Question of the Month have been posted to the web site for the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation.

September’s question, as you may recall from an earlier post, asked attorneys, “Are you using alternative dispute resolution more often in your practice than in the past?”

An incredible 87% answered “yes”, with some positive reactions about ADR’s benefits (cost effectiveness, more choice for clients), along with some minuses.

This month’s question concerns a topic I have explored here before—public perception of lawyers. October 2005’s question asks, “Lawyers make for good press. From Boston Legal to the evening news, does the media portrayal of lawyers affect the public’s perception of the profession?”

Click here to offer your own two cents.

As you ponder that question, you may like to drop by Picturing Justice: The Online Journal of Law and Popular Culture, the University of San Francisco School of Law’s web-based project examining film and television depictions of law and lawyers.

And visit the Law in Popular Culture Collection at the University of Texas School of Law Tarlton Law Library, where you can find law review articles like “Bad Lawyers in the Movies”, which explore the law through the lens of popular culture.