Writing Courtrooms: How to Write Courtroom Scenes for Movies, T.V. & Novels

Event Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015 || Speaker: Charles Rosenberg || Check-in: 12:30 pm ||

Writing Courtrooms: How to Write Courtroom Scenes for Movies, T.V. & Novels Without Making Your Characters Sound as if They Never Set Foot in Law School

In this program, we’ll look at what really happens in courtrooms, from jury selection, opening statements and cross-examination to objections, closing arguments and appeal. And we’ll talk about how great lawyers and judges actually behave, and how their behavior impacts who wins and who loses. But we won’t just criticize current TV, movies and novels for getting it wrong (which they often do). Instead you’ll learn how to take the reality and mine it for even better drama.


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Charles RosenbergCharles (“Chuck”) Rosenberg is the author of two best-selling legal thrillers, DEATH ON A HIGH FLOOR and LONG KNIVES (Thomas & Mercer). Prior to writing novels, Chuck was the credited legal script consultant to four of TV’s most popular legal shows: “The Paper Chase,” “L.A. Law,” “The Practice,” and “Boston Legal.” He is also the author of THE TRIAL OF O.J.: HOW TO WATCH THE TRIAL AND UNDERSTAND WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON (Publishing Partners) and was a full-time on-air legal analyst for E! TV’s coverage of the O.J. Simpson criminal and civil trials. Chuck has taught many law school courses on legal procedure and other subjects. He is a graduate of Antioch College and Harvard Law School.

Join us on the Third Saturday every month at:


CBS Studio Center
4024 Radford Avenue
Studio City, CA 91604

Free Parking — Enter the CBS lot at the main gate & inform security you are there for the Scriptwriters Network event.

You’ll be asked for your government issued photo ID, and then given directions to the meeting location. You may park in any available space on the lot (unless they direct you to a parking structure during special events).

As this is a professional event, we ask that you please arrive prior to the event start time.

Meeting Timeframe: 1:00 pm to approximately 3:00 pm

Please remember to bring a picture ID and your SWN Membership Card!

Any questions, email us at info@scriptwritersnetwork.org.

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