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Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman has reportedly hired renowned New York defense lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman, who notably got John Gotti off. In addition to Gotti's champion, El Chapo has hired a whole team of "high powered," and likely high-priced, defense attorneys.

Previously, El Chapo, an international drug kingpin, was represented by the public defender's office. Prior to the announcement of the new counsel, who are still yet to appear in court, El Chapo's public defender filed a motion to dismiss based upon alleged misrepresentations made to Mexican authorities.

The recent TV sensation Better Call Saul tracks the story of fictional attorney James McGill, whom we were all introduced to as Saul Goodman in the other hit series, Breaking Bad. Goodman, or McGill is said to be a criminal lawyer, with maybe a little too much emphasis on the criminal part.

The series, while often comical, is just as often dramatic as it gets into the worst aspects of practicing law. For attorneys, it is one of the rare legal TV shows that does not do much to glorify the life of an attorney. In fact, there are some serious lessons for practitioners that can be drawn from the show.

For some reason, people are hard-wired to be unable to turn away from a garbage fire. And since it's no secret that lawyers hate legal dramas for their wild inaccuracies, for some reason, a good number of us just can't turn away. Our more experienced TV watching companions know to hover their finger over the pause button, lest our couch objections and grumblings about real life timelines would disrupt the predictably twisted plot line.

Nevertheless, just about every other lawyer out there watches every legal drama and TV series that gets released. Sometimes, some of these fall through the cracks though. For that reason, below, we've listed our top ten legal dramas to binge watch this summer.

What's on Your Summer Reading List?

Reading is the laboratory of the mind.

It is where we experiment with ideas, played out on an inner stage set by a writer against the background of another place and time. And when we choose a book for leisure reading, it should be for the adventure of that world more than to escape our own.

So you want to know how this ends? For law students and lawyers, try reading one of these books this summer:

Yale Law Student Turned Best-Selling Hillbilly Author

J.D. Vance came from ‘hillbillies, rednecks, white trash, choose your epithet,’ wrote the New York Times reviewer.

Reviewers say that Vance, who rose from Appalachian poverty to New York Times best-selling author, wrote the only book to make sense out of the election of President Donald Trump. Vance, a Yale Law School graduate, put it together in “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.”

“Mr. Vance has inadvertently provided a civilized reference guide for an uncivilized election,” the Times said.

Is This a Lawyer Ad or a Trailer for a Disaster Movie?

Cue the woman screaming. Pyrotechnics. Action!

"Tents are on fire, people fighting for food," a frantic fan tweets as crowds run haphazardly through a refugee scene.

No, this is not a disaster movie. It's just Philip DeBerard advertising for business. The personal injury attorney is looking for clients to sue over an ill-fated music festival.

"Did you pay for and attend the 2017 Fyre Festival in the Bahamas?" he asks on his website. "You may be entitled to compensation!"

Want to start a New Wave cover band, performing the greatest hits from Boy George and Flock of Seagulls? Have you always wanted to stick a neckerchief and sleeveless denim jacket and do your best "Born to Run," maybe backed by the F Street Band?

Go for it. Even when you're a millionaire, that cover-band cash could keep rolling in. That was one of the revelations in the White House financial disclosures released last week, which noted that White House counsel Don McGahn made $2.4 million at Jones Day last year, with a few grand on the side coming from the '80s cover band, Scott's New Band.

A judge outside of Nashville, Tennessee is accused of trading sexual favors in exchange for dismissed fees, fines, even criminal charges.

Judge Cason "Casey" Moreland, of Nashville's General Sessions Court, was arrested last week and charged with obstruction of justice and witness tampering in connection to a quid-pro-quo scheme involving at least two women who obtained favorable judicial treatment after some hanky panky with Hizzoner.

How's your March Madness bracket doing? If it's like mine, you've probably given up. Which is fine, since college basketball isn't what matters. The law matters. And when it comes to leaders in the legal field, we've got plenty of titans.

We're not talking about the industry's biggest rainmakers here, nor the most innovative changemakers. We're talking about attorneys who are the best at behaving badly. Really badly.

Clever, subtle, cutting judicial citations are nothing new. The Ninth Circuit's recent opinion halting President Trump's travel ban is a perfect example, full as it was of citations to cases like Ex parte Endo (leading to the end of Japanese internment) and Texas v. United States (halting President Obama's immigration reforms.) There are the sorts of smack downs by way of the Blue Book that make judicial writing a treat.

But there's another, more interesting citation style trending among the judiciary lately: clever, unexpected cites to unexpected, perhaps incongruous, pop culture touchstones, be they 80s sitcoms or horror movie classics.