The synagogue that Sam Friedman is shown attending with his family is called Temple Rodef Shalom. "Rodef shalom" is Hebrew and means "pursuer of peace." The Talmud applies this label to a person who stands for justice, as Friedman's character does in this movie.
The Courthouse interior and exterior scenes for Bridgeport CT were actually filmed in the City Hall of Buffalo NY. The Bridgeport train station scenes were filmed in the NY Central Railroad Terminal in Buffalo NY (the train station scenes from the Robert Redford baseball movie The Natural (1984) were also filmed there). The reservoir scenes were filmed in Akron Falls Park, outside of Buffalo.
Some of the items in the law office were Roycroft antiques. Roycroft was a reformist community of craft workers and artists which formed part of the Arts and Crafts movement in the United States. Elbert Hubbard founded the community in 1895, in the village of East Aurora, New York, near Buffalo. Participants were known as Roycrofters. The work and philosophy of the group, often referred to as the Roycroft movement, had a strong influence on the development of American architecture and design in the early 20th century.
This movie depicts Thurgood Marshall and his wife Vivian "Buster" Burey Marshall struggling to have a baby. In their real lives, Thurgood and Buster never did have children. Buster died of cancer in February 1955, only a few months after Thurgood's landmark Supreme Court victory Brown v. Board of Education. In December 1955, Thurgood remarried to Cecilia "Cissy" Suyat, a Filipina-American immigrant who was the secretary to the director of the NAACP's branch offices; they had two sons, Thurgood Marshall Jr. and John W. Marshall.