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April 2007


The Greatest Lawyers Who Never Lived: Your Suggestions

Thanks to everyone who participated in our National Library Week program to name the Greatest Lawyers Who Never Lived. Here are the suggestions we received:


  • Paul Biegler (played by Jimmy Stewart in "Anatomy of a Murder")
  • Vinny Gambini (played by Joe Pesci in "My Cousin Vinny")
  • Atticus Finch (played by Gregory Peck in "To Kill a Mockingbird")
  • Perry Mason (played by Raymond Burr in the TV series)
  • Jack McCoy (played by Sam Waterson on "Law and Order")
  • David Palmer (played by Dennis Haysbert on "24"). Fun fact: Did you know President David Palmer received his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law?
  • Ned Racine (played by William Hurt in "Body Heat")
  • Horace Rumpole (played by Leo McKern in the "Rumpole" series)
  • Sam Seaborn (played by Rob Lowe on "The West Wing")
  • Sir Wilfred (played by Charles Laughton in "Witness for the Prosecution")
  • Elle Woods (played by Reese Witherspoon in "Legally Blonde")



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