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The Legal Geeks Use Pop Culture To Teach About The Legal System

Group will hold panels and mock trial at Comic-Con

Ian Cook, played a Mos Eisley Cantina bartender from

Credit: Courtesy of Joshua Gilliland

Above: Ian Cook, played a Mos Eisley Cantina bartender from "Star Wars" who was a witness at a WonderCon mock trial about discrimination against droids, March 2018.

The Legal Geeks Use Pop Culture To Teach About The Legal System


Josh Gilliland, co-creator, The Legal Geeks


How accurate was the trial of the Punisher? Did Luke Skywalker have a legal obligation to save the galaxy from the First Order? Those questions will be answered by real-life judges and attorneys on panels at Comic-Con this week.

Those panels and a mock trial are being presented by The Legal Geeks at the pop culture convention.

The group uses pop culture as the basis for learning about legal issues and processes.

Josh Gilliland, the co-creator of The Legal Geeks, is a San Jose-based attorney who specializes in electronic discovery.

He said courts are the form of government the general population interacts with the most.

"Whether it's a parking ticket, marriage, in positive situations, divorce in others. Those things happen and people end up in court," he said. "Being able to make civics fun and accessible is one of my passions."

A Star Wars panel and mock trial are scheduled for Friday.

The trial involves the mock court-martial of Poe Dameron from his actions in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."

"Which arguably he commits an act of insubordination when he turns off his radio when General Organa says 'break off your attack' and then his entire bomber squadron gets killed along with three X-wings, so that's like 27 people that die because he disobeyed an order and then they lose about 375 other people because of his attempted mutiny," Gilliland said.

A Defending the Defenders panel is scheduled for Saturday.

Gilliland joins Midday Edition Thursday to give us details on what The Legal Geeks will be presenting at Comic-Con.


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