Monday February 25, 2013

Cinema of Law returns to the Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave., for its seventh season at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays in March.

A member of the Berkshire Bar Association will introduce each film and comment on its legal themes.

On March 5, the documentary "The Last Campaign" (2005) will be introduced by the Hon. Fredric Rutberg. The film is about money in politics and the unsuccessful reelection campaign of a West Virginia Supreme Court Justice.

On March 12, Attorneys Lou Oggiani and Peter Brewer will introduce "The Caine Mutiny" (1954). The "Caine Mutiny" was one of three films adapted to stage plays directed by Oggiani and Brewer, with casts including many members of the Berkshire Bar.

On March 19, the documentary "The Overlooked Suspect" (2012) will be introduced by Albert Harper, president of the Forensic Science Consortium. His film assesses forensic evidence in the O.J. Simpson case.

On March 26, the film "Amistad" (1997) will be introduced by Pittsfield Immigration Attorney Joe Best. Amistad is a historic drama about an 1839 slave ship uprising.

The series is made possible through the support of the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Information: Berkshire Law Librarians Gary Smith and Barbara Schneider at berkshirelawlib@hotmail.com.