Maxims, Monarchy and Sir Thomas More

6 User Reviews

Length: 2.50 Hours

CLE Credits: 2 to 2.7 (Depends on 50 or 60 Min State)

Approved in: AK, AZ, CA, ME, MN, MO, MT, NE, NH, NC, OK, OR, PA, TN, UT, VT, WA, WY; CO and NJ via Reciprocity



Written by Anna Marie Thatcher, J.D. and Graham Thatcher, Ph.D.

Some have called Sir Thomas More the first "modern man." He was certainly the quintessential Renaissance man ... lawyer, statesman, philosopher, linguist, raconteur, Chancellor of England ... and author of one of the great books of western civilization, Utopia. Despite all that, King Henry VIII beheaded Sir Thomas More in 1535 for high treason.  This drama takes the audience into the last intensely intimate hour with Thomas More just before his execution in 1535 for high treason. Still wrestling with the moral dilemmas that led him to the block, he cracks jokes, makes up songs, takes jabs at his tormentors and eventually finds peace in his fate. An extraordinary one-man tour de force, the movie sparkles with wit, explores moral questions and provides keen insight into the universal human condition. The show explores conflicts between private conscience and public loyalty and ethical and moral decisions in legal practice.

Produced By:

Periaktos Productions L.L.C.


  • Alicia Garcia, Partner, Abourezk & Garcia (Rapid City, SD)
  • Graham Thatcher, Ph.D.
    • GRAHAM THATCHER, who portrays Clarence Darrow, is the Artistic Director and primary performer for Periaktos Productions. Since appearing in his first acting role at five years of age, Graham has performed in or directed over 150 community, university and professional theatre productions. He is the co-author and solo performer in Clarence Darrow: Crimes, Causes and the Courtroom, Maxims, Monarchy and Sir Thomas More and Impeach Justice Douglas!, the live CLE Theatre programs and CLE movies of the same titles presented by Periaktos Productions. He is the co-author and director of Thurgood Marshall’s Coming!, also from Periaktos Productions. Graham has authored several other plays, including A Dickens Christmas and The Mask of the Jaguar, about the cultural clash between the Maya and Europeans during the Spanish Conquest, and works on commission. Graham also serves as a workshop facilitator and consultant in communications and is the creator and facilitator of the Continuing Legal Education programs, “Word of Mouth: A Workshop in the Art and Ethics of Oral Communication for Lawyers” and “The Art of the Law: A Workshop in Professionalism for Lawyers,” for law schools and legal associations. He holds a B.A. from San Francisco State University, an M.A. in Theatre from the University of South Dakota and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota. He has been listed in Who's Who in American Education and Outstanding American Educators and is a recipient of the Governor's Award from the Minnesota Council on Quality.

  • John M. Stuart, Retired State Public Defender (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Barry R. Vickrey, Professor of Ethics and Former Dean of the University of South Dakota School of Law (Vermillion, SD)
  • Brian T. Guthrie, ESQ., Of Counsel, Mattioni, LTD (Philadelphia, PA)

Course Materials


6 User Reviews

"I thought content was excellent. There were a few technical glitches which were distractions. I would participate in another one from this publisher. Thanks. "
— Gregory H.

"The sound quality of the "movie" made it difficult to hear and the panelists seem to be reading their remarks. The Web chat was good. "
— Anonymous

"I thought the movie was very good. The panelists raised some interesting points although seemed to go on too long."
— Anonymous

"The video is very successful in spotlighting an ethical issue that most lawyers will face at some time. The issue itself is fairly simple, but the video brings out the pressures and dilemnas of the particulars in a given situation, each of which has its own twists. Overall, a very worthwhile and well-done presentation of an important subject."
— Vincent L.

"The quality of the presentation was poor -- time for a digital recording. Also, too much talking over each other. Overall, very good information."
— Anonymous

"Did not find the movie to be helpful or particularly well done. The panel discussion, however, was interesting."
— Anonymous