David Ray Papke, Professor of Law, Marquette Law School, has published Hollywood Legal Comedies: Fun, Laughter, and a Dose of Critique, at Marquette Lawyer 34 (Fall 2016). He begins:
The American film industry has frequently portrayed heroic lawyers and stirring courtroom proceedings. Almost everyone is familiar with Atticus Finch's stand for racial justice in To Kill a Mockingbird or Frank Galvin's moving summation in The Verdict. But Hollywood has also used lawyers and courtrooms as sources of humor rather than drama more often than one might think. Countless delightful lawyers and hilarious trials have appeared on the big screen over the past century of feature-film production.