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All-Time Best Fictional Lawyer: Semifinals

It is a question that has divided law offices and torn apart friendships. Who is the best fictional lawyer of all-time?

And now we have the technology to answer the age old question in the most democratic way possible – an NCAA-BuzzFeed style tournament.

It’s Semifinal time, the final-four, do-or-die time. And we talked about it with CBC!

It has been a hard fought battle to get here and the quarterfinals were the closest round yet. After thousands of votes it came down to the last few votes cast in the final minutes.

Lionel Hutz continued his domination in the quarterfinals. Hutz seems like an unstoppable juggernaut – he has comedy, a devoted fanbase, and lots of material to draw from. But now he will face his toughest competition since Homer vs. Captain McCallister and The Frying Dutchman – Jack McCoy.

Jack McCoy did not have an easy path to the semifinals and did not win any of his rounds in a landslide – but he does have the backing of a vocal group of right leaning tough-on-crime advocates. McCoy, it seems, has never lost a case in court. Can he defeat Hutz?

Clare Huxtable started the tournament slowly but is finishing strong. She took down Arrested Development’s Barry Zuckerkorn – the number one seed in the sitcom category. And then with minutes left in the quarterfinals defeated Marshall Eriksen by a handful of votes. Momentum might just be on Huxtable’s side.

Elle Woods has left a trail of lawyers in her dust. It may be tempting to dismiss Woods as a non-serious lawyer. That has proven to be dangerous – she took down number one seed and favourite lawyer of all the olds Atticus Finch. If Woods can defeat Clare Huxtable she has a chance to take the whole thing!

Lets get to the voting!

Forget who the fictional lawyer is?  Click the links for a video reminder.

Download the up-to-date PDF here.

Voting for this round closes on January 20th at 5pm.

Lionel Hutz vs. Jack McCoy

Lionel Hutz is a consummate professional. A master of continuing legal eductions, “Mr. Simpson, don’t you worry. I watched Matlock in a bar last night. The sound wasn’t on, but I think I got the gist of it.” and court room tactics, “Don’t worry, Homer. I have a fool proof strategy to get you out of here: surprise witnesses, each more surprising than the last. I tell you, the judge won’t know what hit him!” There is a reason why Hutz is the number one seed.

Jack McCoy quickly established himself as a more unconventional, ruthless litigator. He often bends—and sometimes breaks—trial rules to get convictions, finds tenuous rationales for charging defendants with crimes when the original charges fail to stick, and charges innocent people to frighten them into testifying against others. How may off screen wrongful convictions is McCoy responsible for?

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 Elle Woods vs Clare Huxtable

Elle Woods might have gone to law school for a boy but she quickly demonstrates some serious legal chops and was able to exonerate a sorority sister accused of murder. Woods has inspired a generation of young lawyer and her intelligence, instincts and charm make her a legal powerhouse.

Clair Huxtable has been another role model for a generations of lawyers. As a high power lawyer and mother of five kids Clair is able to achieve a perfect work/life balance. She has over come the baggage that the Cosby Show might now carry and proven herself to be a fierce legal powerhouse.

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Next stop – the FINALS. Check back on January 20th to vote in the championship round!

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