James R. Elkins

"True Believer "

 Film Basics


Roger Egbert

Washington Post

Mark R. Leeper

Spirituality & Practice


Carl M. Selinger, Dramatizing on Film the Uneasy Role of the American Criminal Defense Lawyer: True Believer, 22 Okla. City U. L. Rev. 223 223 (1997) [reprinted in Rennard Srickland, Teree E. Foster & Tannay Lovell Banks (eds.), Screening Justice: The Cinema of Law: Significant Films of Law, Order, and Social Justice (Buffalo, New York: W.S. Hein, 2006)]

 Defense Lawyer Eddie Dodd & Tony Serra

The Wikipedia entry on "True Believer" notes that "[s]creenwriter Wesley Strick based the character of Eddie Dodd on real-life [San Francisco] Bay Area defense attorney Tony Serra."

Tony Serra: Radical Lawyer--From COINTELPRO to Cross Examining Informants [6:47 mins.] [on radical, activist lawyers; "I am a rebellious semantic fist in the face of the establishment, so says the activist, so says the radical lawyer."]

Tony Serra In Court [9:14 mins.]

J. Tony Serra Interview [7:53 mins.]

"Semantic Warrior: The Life & Times of Tony Serra" [11:12 mins.]

Tony Serra on Haight Street [3:36 mins.] [2011]

Tony Serra Soundbites [4:07 mins.] [Serra, in this video, is talking about his representation of Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow] Tony Serra: Attorney 4/17/14 [4:09 mins.] KQED News: Raymond Chow Verdict [28:03 mins.] [relevant news coverage ends at 7:40 mins.] [attorneys for Chow commenting on the case] Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow: Former San Francisco Chinatown gangster, Says He's a New Man [4:55 mins.] Raymond "Shrimpboy" Chow: The Man in White [4:20 mins.] Raymond "Shrimpboy" Chow: The Man in White: Pt2 [5:33 mins.]

J. Tony Serra critiques the Bush era War on Drugs, 1990 [12:57 mins.]

 Radical & Movement Lawyers

Stories & Reflections from Radical Lawyers [50:01 mins.]

▪ Defending the Accused: Storytelling, Community Education & Advocacy for Criminal Defense [1:45:17 mins.]

We Need to Talk about an Injustice | Bryan Stevenson [23:41 mins.]

So You Want to Be a Movement Lawyer, Now What? [1:35:36 mins.]

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