About the Filmakers
Russell G. Pearce
Russell Pearce is the Edward and Marilyn Bellet Professor of Legal Ethics, Morality, and Religion at Fordham University School of Law.
Professor Pearce is an authority on legal ethics and on the role of moral values and religion in the practice of law. In a series of groundbreaking articles, he has articulated a new vision of the role and responsibilities of lawyers that rejects the dichotomy between altruistic lawyers and self-interested business people. He challenges lawyers to develop a more compelling understanding of how they can fulfill their duty to the public good through their everyday work and how they can promote access to justice for low and middle income Americans by expanding the role of non-lawyers.
Professor Pearce has also gained prominence for his scholarship articulating how lawyers who are religious people can draw from their religious faith ethical guidance for their work. His articles in this field explore topics ranging from the role of religion in the public square to the application of Jewish texts and perspectives. In 2001 he founded Fordham’s Institute on Religion, Law and Lawyer’s Work, now widely recognized as a national leader in the field.
A widely sought after speaker, Professor Pearce has delivered the Baker & MacKenzie Lecture in Legal Ethics at Loyola Chicago University School of Law, the William Brahms Lecture in Religion and Law at Case Western Reserve Law School, and the Louis D. Brandeis Lecture at Pepperdine Law School. He has also received the Sanford D. Levy Memorial Award of the New York State Bar Association “in recognition of his contribution to understanding and advancement in the field of professional ethics.”
Professor Pearce graduated from Yale College summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. Before joining Fordham in 1990, he had a distinguished career spanning the private sector, public interest law and government service.
Katrina L. Baker
Co-Author of the Teacher’s guide and website, Katrina is a law student at Fordham University School of Law. She is also the Co-Director and National Organizer for Drinking Liberally a national, informal, inclusive progressive social group where left-leaners can raise their spirits while they raise a glass.
Before law school, Katrina worked in the private sector both in international documentary film and legal recruiting. As a producer for several national and international documentaries focusing on youth programming, she has worked with international youth organizations and was the a coordinating member of Amnesty International's Women's Human Rights Action Team in New York. She graduated magna cum laude from Ithaca College in 2002 and is founder and former host of Eve Out Loud, Ithaca's weekly feminist radio show.