Shared January 30, 2019
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With Facebook in the news (again) over breaches of privacy and Russian interference in our election, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at the portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg and the origins of Facebook in the David Fincher/Aaron Sorkin classic, The Social Network.
Apparently much of the dialogue from the deposition scenes is taken straight out of the deposition transcripts. It definitely shows. From a lawyer’s perspective, the dialogue feels very accurate to real life. Pretty amazing that they were able to take that dry legalese and turn it into a compelling movie.
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I get asked a lot about whether being a practicing attorney is like being a lawyer on TV. I love watching legal movies and courtroom dramas. It's one of the reasons I decided to become a lawyer. But sometimes they make me want to pull my hair out because they are ridiculous.
Today I'm taking a break from representing clients and teaching law students how to kick ass in law school to take on lawyers in the movies and on TV. While all legal movies and shows take dramatic license to make things more interesting (nobody wants to see hundreds of hours of brief writing), many of them have a grain of truth.
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