The first case covered in Ginsburg's contracts class when she was a student at Harvard Law School was Hawkins v. McGee (1943). This was also the first case covered in the contracts class in The Paper Chase (1973), also set at Harvard Law School.
Following an argument between Jane and Ruth, Jane retreats to her room and cranks up her stereo. Martin goes in to her room to comfort her, turns down the stereo, and tells her how Ruth grew up being taught to question everything. The song Jane was playing was "Question" by The Moody Blues.
Ruth and Jane argue about the ethics of not charging Arthur "Boo" Radley with murder in To Kill a Mockingbird. Mimi Leder's previous film, Deep Impact (1998), featured Robert Duvall, who played Radley in the film.