Art in the Court: Famous Trials Illustrated


Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 7:00pm

Join us for an evening of art, law, history and news as we highlight the work of award-winning courtroom illustrators Elizabeth Williams, Bill Robles and Aggie Kenny.

Legendary defendants, sensational trials, big-time lawyers and courtroom drama—each visualized for the masses by courtroom artists with exclusive access. Hear the stories behind the headlines that transfixed and transformed our society in an evening of art, law, history and news highlighting the work of three award-winning courtroom illustrators. While working for every major network and news organization, artists Elizabeth Williams, Bill Robles and Aggie Kenny have covered hundreds of trials, including those of Charles Manson, O. J. Simpson, John Gotti, Michael Jackson, Martha Stewart, Patty Hearst, Jerry Sandusky and Bernard Madoff.

The artists, in conversation with award-winning television correspondent and USC Annenberg professor Judy Muller and the Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law at USC Gould School of Law, Jody Armour, will discuss what it’s like to view and record history in the making by going where cameras cannot. What is the reasoning behind allowing artists to record a trial instead of photographers? How does the artist develop an unbiased eye? How do journalists work with artists? Does this type of reporting affect the way a lawyer presents a case? The conversation will cover these and other topics of ethics, respect for diversity and fairness.

The evening will also celebrate the publication of The Illustrated Courtroom: 50 Years of Court Art, co-authored by Elizabeth Williams and Sue Russell. The Illustrated Courtroom was recently named to the Book of the Year list by the Times Literary Supplement and Kirkus Review's Best Books of 2014.

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