February 15, 2011
In episode five, A Day in the Life, of the NBC series Harry's Law, Harriet Korn is facing the real possibility of being permanently disbarred from the practice of law. In her defense, she engages in a pointed discourse on the failing of lawyers, judges, and legal system as a whole. In articulating the hearing court's ruling on whether Korn is to be disbarred, the chief judge refers to the problem of "fly-by-night law schools." Questions: What makes a law school a "fly-by-night law school"? And which schools in the real world would constitute such? I do not know whether the Harry's Law series will survive in the ratings. However, so far, and in its short run, it has raised numerous important questions about law, lawyers, and the legal system in America. Questions raised in the virtual world of television, yet begging for honest answers and real solutions in the real world of law.