A new lawyer tries to maintain her distance from her sometimes guilty clients, but building a good rep threatens to overcome her passion.
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 Kathleen Maguire (22 episodes, 2001-2002)
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 Will Froman (22 episodes, 2001-2002)
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 Terry Loomis (22 episodes, 2001-2002)
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 Patricia (22 episodes, 2001-2002)
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 Patrick Cavanaugh (22 episodes, 2001-2002)
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 Daniel X. Cavanaugh (22 episodes, 2001-2002)
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 Judge Irwin Hawes (13 episodes, 2001-2002)
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 Judge Augustus Ripley (13 episodes, 2001-2002)
Dena Dietrich ...
 Judge Ellen Armstrong (12 episodes, 2001-2002)
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 A.D.A. Jerry Bingham (10 episodes, 2001-2002)
Bari K. Willerford ...
 Martin (10 episodes, 2001-2002)
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A new lawyer tries to maintain her distance from her sometimes guilty clients, but building a good rep threatens to overcome her passion.

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25 September 2001 (USA)  »

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Really (really) good
19 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

This was a terrific binge-watching experience, with excellent writing meeting outstanding acting and directing. It's one of the best legal dramas that I've seen.

Works within this genre -- books, movies or TV series -- are at their best when they focus on philosophical discussions about the unintended consequences of particular laws and ethical issues; including both the "low-hanging fruit" variety -- defending those who commit heinous acts, Constitutional issues like the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th & 8th amendments, etc -- AND the more exotic like attorney- client privilege, pre-trial discovery, etc.

Philly *clearly* embraced these philosophical discussions and the show felt like the *early* seasons of Law & Order in this regard; before L&O's trite, crappy writing and melodramatic plot lines took hold.

In fact, my one criticism of this show's design was that it crammed far too many of these topics into each episode; leaving a *lot* of unexplored drama on the table as a result. Nevertheless, there is a whole lot to love about this dead-before-its-time series so if you like legal thrillers, give it a go when you find it. You won't be sorry.


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