Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Debuting September 19, 2005, the weekly, hour-long WB courtroom drama Just Legal starred Don Johnson as Grant Cooper, a once-prominent and well-connected attorney who, after bungling a high-profile case and losing his client to death row, quickly went on the skids, ending up in a seedy law office in Venice, CA. Only able to get work as a court-appointed attorney, Cooper had grown sour and dispirited about his life and work. Things brightened considerably when David "Skip" Ross (Jay Baruchel), a 19-year-old legal prodigy, became Cooper's junior partner. Brilliant and idealistic, Skip had been unable to secure a position with any of the top legal firms because of his age, so he came calling upon his idol, Grant Cooper. At first taking Skip on because the lad worked cheap and was willing to do all the "grunt" work, Cooper eventually found that himself revitalized by his partner's youthful enthusiasm and dedication. Together, our mismatched heroes dedicated themselves to taking on "hopeless" cases and defending the losers and outcasts of the world. The office's only other employee was secretary Dulcinea "Dee" Real (Jaime Lee Kirchner), a recent parolee (she still wore her electronic ankle bracelet!) who was working off her legal fees to Cooper. Taking no guff from anyone, Dee had a cute habit of terrifying her nominal bosses when she was feeling out of sorts, but she proved to be an invaluable member of the team. Just Legal was assembled by the same Jerry Bruckheimer team responsible for CSI, Cold Case, and Without a Trace.