Films about the law introduced by members of the Berkshire Bar will be shown in the auditorium of the Berkshire Athenaeum again this year on Tuesdays in March. Presentations are co-sponsored by the Berkshire Law Library, the Berkshire Bar Association and the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum. Presentations begin at 6 p.m. and the movies follow. The popcorn is free.
March 5 The Last Campaign (2005)
To be introduced by Hon. Fredric Rutberg
Documentary about money in politics and the unsuccessful reelection campaign of a West Virginia Supreme Court Justice.
March 12 Caine Mutiny (1954)
To be introduced by Attorneys Lou Oggiani, Peter Brewer and Hon. Richard Simons
Caine Mutiny was one of three films with corresponding stage plays that have been presented and directed by Lou Oggiani and Peter Brewer, with casts that included many of the members of the Berkshire Bar.
March 19 Overlooked Suspect (2010)
To be introduced by Albert Harper
Dr. Harper is an attorney and a forensic scientist. A Nova special highlights his work on the skull of an Inca warrior which provided confirmation that this warrior was the first victim of a gunshot wound in the New World. Dr. Harper will speak about his work in the field of forensics.
Overlooked Suspect is a film about a fellow forensic scientist who has made an assessment of the evidence in the O.J. Simpson case.
March 26 Amistad (1997)
To be introduced by Attorney Joseph Best
Historic drama based on the true story about an 1839 slave ship uprising, and the trials (in 1840 and 1841) for the slaves' freedom. To read the original case. see The United States v. The Amistad, 40 U.S. 518 (1841).
Joe Best is the managing partner of a full service immigration law group. His experience and commitment to international human rights will inform his talk on the issues in the film.