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Dean’s Book (Movie) Review: Legally Blonde

DATE: Wednesday, August 25 2021
TIME: 2:00 pm - 4:45 pm
LOCATION: Virtual Event
COST: Free and open to the public
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1 hour CLE (pending)

Please join Dean Elizabeth Kronk Warner for her monthly dean’s book (movie) review. The movie chosen for this month is, Legally Blonde. The film was released in 2001 and is an American comedy film directed by Robert Luketic. Written by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith from Amanda Brown’s 2001 novel of the same name, and stared Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Matthew Davis, Victor Garber, and Jennifer Coolidge.

The outline of Legally Blonde originated from Amanda Brown’s experiences as a blonde going to Stanford Law School while being obsessed with fashion and beauty, reading Elle magazine, and frequently clashing with the personalities of her peers. The movie follows the character of Elle Woods, a sorority girl who attempts to win back her ex-boyfriend Warner Huntington III by getting a Juris Doctor degree at Harvard Law School, and in the process, overcomes stereotypes against blondes and triumphs as a successful lawyer through unflappable self-confidence and fashion/beauty knowhow.

The film will be shown in person at the S.J. Quinney College of Law’s Moot Court Room. The movie is 1h 36m long. After the movie there will be a panel discussion, which will also be streamed if you cannot make the movie, talking about the depictions of lawyers in movies and how this movie is still having a huge impact on potential law students today.

Please RSVP with the link provided in this email. If you have any questions please email,


Christina M. Jepson(’95), Shareholder, Employment Law, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Parsons Behle & Latimer

Shima Baradaran Baughman,The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, Associate Dean of Faculty Research & Development Presidential Scholar and Professor of Law
Hilary Adkins, J.D. Candidate, 2022, The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, SBA President