Many of you have seen my live presentation, “Hamlet and the Law of Homicide: the Life of the Mind in Law and Art.” For those of you who missed it, now you don’t have to leave your desk to see it. It’s available on YouTube, as recorded at ArtServe in Ft. Lauderdale in May, and Florida attorneys can get 1 free CLE credit for watching it.
In my talk, I explain how Hamlet demonstrates that Shakespeare was aware of changes that were occurring in the law of homicide in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, particularly the evolution away from the medieval view of law, which focused entirely on a person’s actions, to the modern view, which also takes into account a person’s state of mind. This legal development paralleled the evolution in Shakespeare’s art: a greater emphasis on the inner life of the character than was seen in earlier literature.
This talk was one of the inaugural presentations of the Dade County Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Lecture Series, named after the iconic U.S. Supreme Court Justice. It has been presented to the Miami Beach Bar Association, the Weston Bar Association, and the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship, among other groups. Thanks to George Wentzler for the videography.
To get your free Florida Bar CLE credit, just:
(1) watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-IrULSoPto;
(2) send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, stating that you’ve watched it. We will send you the CLE number, with which you can
(3) post your credit on the Florida Bar website.
I hope you enjoy this talk. If you like it, remember to click on the “thumbs up” icon under the video. I’d love to hear your comments as well.