Bar CEO Talks Favorite Legal Movie With the Post

December 26, 2017

What's your favorite movie about the legal profession? In an interview with the Washington Post, D.C. Bar CEO Robert Spagnoletti talked about why "My Cousin Vinny," which came out in 1992, tops his chart.  

Read on for an excerpt from the December 25 article "Cal Ripken's favorite baseball movie, and 24 others on the best film about their profession." 

"I will stop and watch this movie whatever I’m doing, and let me tell you why. It shows that everyone involved in the justice system can be really well-intentioned and also be completely fallible. The prosecutor in 'My Cousin Vinny' thinks he has it all figured out, but he doesn’t. The witnesses all really believe what they saw, but they’re wrong. And then Vinny, though he’s completely bumbling, does a very pure direct examination — and despite everyone’s fallibility, the verdict arrives in the right place. It captures the beauty of an adversarial system. And man, when Marisa Tomei is on the stand: 'You think I’m hostile now? Wait until you see me tonight.'”