82 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 557 (2007)
Introduction to the 50th Anniversary of 12 Angry Men

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I have had the opportunity to organize two academic panels on the
subject of this Symposium, The 50th Anniversary of 12 Angry Men. Each
panel included several of the contributors to this Symposium. The first
panel was held at the Association of American Law Schools (AALS)
Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., in January 20071 and the second
panel was held at the Law & Society Association Annual Meeting in Ber-
lin, Germany, in July 2007.2 As the organizer of these two panels, I felt that
I owed it to the audiences to address at least two questions: Why this
movie? Why now? These two questions are also a useful starting point for
this Symposium.
12 Angry Men3 came to mind as the topic of academic panels and as
the subject of a law review symposium because I know it well; I show the
movie every year in my jury course. I also knew that there were countless
other professors and teachers who watch this movie and who delight in
* Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law. I want to thank Katie Vikingstad, the Editor-
in-Chief of the Chicago-Kent Law Review, for making sure that this Symposium issue saw the light of
day. Her assistance, even after she had graduated, studied for the bar, and begun her clerkship, went
above and beyond the requirements of her position. Whenever editors-in-chief work well beyond their
graduation in order to complete a Symposium, those of us who depend on their extraordinary commit-
ment are very grateful. I also want to thank Jeremy Eden for his comments on early drafts and for his
encouragement and enthusiasm for this Symposium.
1. The panelists for the presentation at the AALS included Robert Bums (Northwestern), Valerie
Hans (Cornell), Bruce Hay (Harvard), Stephan Landsman (DePaul), Nancy Marder (Chicago-Kent), and
Lawrence Solan (Brooklyn).
2. The panelists for the presentation at the Law & Society Annual Meeting included Mar Jimeno-
Bulnes (University of Burgos, Spain), Nancy Marder (Chicago-Kent), and Stephen Thaman (Saint
Louis). I have also had the good fortune to hear another contributor, Austin Sarat (Amherst), present his
Symposium essay at a panel entitled Law, Film, and Violence at the Association for the Study of
Law, Culture & the Humanities, 10th Annual Conference at Georgetown Law Center on March 23,
3. 12 ANGRY MEN (Orion-Nova Productions 1957).

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