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Two years ago, the Pew Research Center announced that lawyers were the most hated professionals in America. No surprise there -- very few people think their ex's divorce attorney was just a committed professional doing the best for her client.

But for all the hate, there are plenty of lawyers that are deeply loved. And it's not just the usual suspects like politicians and judges. A good handful of movie stars, singers, and comedians can tack on a JD after their name.

A Chicago defense attorney has found himself on trial last week, facing allegations that he illegally coached witnesses to lie on the stand. Defense attorney Beau Brindley is accused of a host of violations, from scripting witness answers to making illegal fee arraignments and interfering with grand jury investigations.

Brindley was considered an "up-and-coming" criminal defense attorney, according to the Chicago Tribune. But he doesn't seem to have been very good at his own criminality. An FBI raid on his law firm last year turned up a trove of written evidence of Brindley's alleged wrongdoing, including emails outlining the exact answers witnesses should give on the stand. Brindley's trial is particularly bizarre, since its taking place in the Chicago courthouse where Brindley still regularly represents criminal defendants.

An Ohio lawyer has surrendered his law license and will never practice again after police accused him of hypnotizing clients -- yes, hypnotizing-- for dirty talk and sexual assault. Ex-attorney Michael William Fine allegedly coupled his family law practice with hypnosis, putting female clients under a trance for his own sexual pleasure and extra billable hours.

Fine is currently facing civil and criminal proceedings along with disciplinary action from the state bar. Court filings in the criminal case, according local news station WKYC, read "like a graphic sex novel."

Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig is pondering a run for president, with the intention of resigning soon after he takes office. Lessig is thinking of running for one reason: electoral reform. Should he win, he'll work to pass a single set of electoral reforms and then immediately resign. He promises.

Why doesn't he just announce his candidacy? This anti-big money, anti-gerrymandering, anti-Citizens United pseudo-candidate wants to makes sure there's enough support. So get ready to hand over a million dollars by Labor Day if you want him to throw his hat into the Democratic primaries.

File this one to "lawyers behaving really, really badly." A recently disbarred San Francisco lawyer and Harvard Law grad has been arrested for robbing a Bay Area home and kidnapping one of its residents. Matthew Muller, the alleged crimson kidnapper then attempted to ransom the woman for $15,000.

That is, if the kidnapping took place at all. Before arresting Muller, police had been convinced that the entire robbery-abduction was a hoax.

Daniel King and Tamara Brady just finished what should be one of the hardest trials of their lives -- and they still don't have time to take a break. The duo's main client, James Holmes, was found guilty last Thursday of killing 12 people and wounding 58 others after he opened fire on crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, in 2012. Having been unable to convince a jury that Holmes was not guilty due to insanity, King and Brady's main job is now to keep Holmes off death row.

But even as they represent one of the most infamous killers in recent history, Holmes' public defenders have largely flown under the radar. Holmes has a total of five PDs working his case, but these two stand out. Who are Daniel King and Tamara Brady, public defenders for James Holmes?

Harper Lee's modern classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, inspired the careers of more than a few lawyers. Atticus Finch, the novel's moral center, stood for many as the model of a justice and honor, defending the poor, needy and oppressed against injustice. Atticus became so popular among lawyers that the Alabama state bar even erected a monument in his honor.


That vision of Atticus is about to be dramatically altered. Tomorrow, Harper Lee's second novel comes out, more than 50 years after Mockingbird. The new book, Go Set a Watchman, deals again with Scout, Atticus and Maycomb, Alabama, but 20 years later -- and it shows Atticus Finch not as a lover of justice but as a racist and his daughter's major foil. It is, to put it mildly, a shocking redefinition of the beloved character.

Sharks may not be nature's cuddliest predator, but they've definitely got their fans. The fact that Discovery's Shark Week extravaganza is in its 28th year is proof enough of that. Legal sharks, too, aren't without their admirers.

Though lawyers' reputations as ruthless killing machines are much exaggerated, there are plenty of top litigators whose zealous advocacy, intimidating reputations, and killer instincts make them stand out -- for better or worse. Here are three great whites of the legal world:

The criminal justice system may never be perfect, but maybe it's a little better following the disbarment of DA Charles Sebesta, Jr., the man who wrongfully sent Anthony Graves to death row.

The Anthony Graves case made just about everyone skeptical of the criminal justice system. What sort of system allows a completely innocent man to found guilty of murdering six people? Although Graves was exonerated, the facts of the case only came to light due to an unlikely chain of events.

Three years ago, FindLaw put together a list of the top five movies law school students should watch. By now, all those law students will have graduated. They're either consumed by panicked bar study, or living it up as greedy associates. That means it's time for a new batch of films for a new class of students.

While we've got our favorite lawyer flicks, it always helps to get an outside perspective. Since it takes a village to make a good listicle, our talented social media team reached out to FindLaw's Facebook followers for ideas. The suggestions we got were great, even if we already picked a few of them. But, following your advice, here's 13 more films law students should watch: