David Langwallner

David Langwallner

David Langwallner is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and the London School of Economics. He is a barrister at 1MCB and lectures in jurisprudence at Middlesex University. He is a published author and writes monthly columns in the Village magazine, broadsheet.ie and Cassandra Voices. David was 2015 Irish Lawyer of the Year for his work as director of the Irish Innocence Project.

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Lawyers in film: Le Havre (2011)

Relevant to current times, Aki Kaurismaki’s very human story focuses on the plight of the refugee and responsibility of the law, writes David Langwallner

01 June 2022

Lawyers in film: Adam's Rib (1949)

Courtroom rivalry is carried into the household and lessons on double standards, too. Review by David Langwallner

11 February 2022

Lawyers in film: The Trial (1962)

A dark reminder in a new age of excessive compliance? David Langwallner celebrates Franz Kafka’s The Trial and Orson Welles’ genius adaptation

22 September 2021

Lawyers in film: Witness for The Prosecution (1957)

One of our most notable courtroom dramas is also a useful illustration of a barrister’s craft, writes David Langwallner

02 June 2021

Lawyers in film: To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Canonised (if sanitised) by lawyers and immortalised by Gregory Peck, what can Harper Lee’s Atticus Finch teach us about criminal justice today? By David Langwallner

14 December 2020

Lawyers in film: Twelve Angry Men (1957)

The legendary Twelve Angry Men is not a film about lawyers per se but the machinations of trial by jury, presently under threat in this jurisdiction. An analysis by David Langwallner

26 October 2020

Lawyers in film: Paths of Glory (1957)

A sobering insight into past legal and social cultures where the rule of law is jettisoned. By David Langwallner

28 September 2020

Lawyers in film: Inherit the Wind (1960)

We can learn a lot about the profession from lawyers in film and it can engender in students a love of the law: a new series of cinema critiques by David Langwallner

07 September 2020

20 texts for lawyers to read/watch/listen to in lockdown

David Langwallner tends to your literary health: a personal prescription, with some aphoristic and aesthetic comment

19 May 2020
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Point of view: coronavirus, reason and the rule of law

An analysis of the wider effect of Covid-19 by David Langwallner - context should not be ignored.

17 March 2020
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