The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York -- also known as the Mother Court -- is the oldest district court in the nation, and the setting for the newest drama from the minds of Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers. Focusing on the lives and careers of the brand-new lawyers working for both the defense and the prosecution and handling some of the most high-profile and high-stakes federal cases in the country, "For the People" follows the talented professionals as their lives intersect both in and out of the courtroom.
Anna Deavere Smith
Jasmin Savoy Brown
Sandra defends a hydrologist accused of spying for the Chinese government; Jay faces his fears and goes up against Kate; Allison receives a tempting proposition from her wine-forger client.
Sandra goes the extra mile for a client; Roger assigns Kate, Seth and Leonard to work on a highly sensitive case after receiving a tip alleging that the governor of New York is trying to illegally sell a seat in the Senate.
Jill and Roger square off over a drug raid that leaves an inmate clinging to life; Kate is assigned to an animal smuggling case involving the death of an endangered panda; Jay learns his trusting father was a victim in a pyramid scheme.
Leonard must confront some insecurities when his new case leads him to question right and wrong; Sandra goes head-to-head with Seth, who files charges against a comic accused of threatening a president's life; Jay defends a tennis player.
Allison defends a man accused of stealing supplies intended for victims of an island hurricane; Sandra defends a peculiar client accused of assault; an ATF agent in need of legal advice seeks out Kate.
Judge Byrne presides over a case that requires a disproportionate mandatory minimum sentence; Allison represents a charming defendant in a fraud case; Leonard struggles to decide whether or not to bring charges against a political figure.
When Seth learns that the people of his hometown have become seriously ill due to groundwater contamination, he becomes invested in seeking justice; Sandra, Jay and Allison assist Jill with a potential murder case.
Sandra and Kate go head-to-head on a high-profile case involving a young woman accused of leaking classified information; Allison struggles to make a case for her client; Leonard seeks professional legitimacy at the cost of a personal relationship.
The six lawyers are determined to bring home wins during their second round of cases; Jay must set aside his personal feelings when he defends a client who has controversial beliefs; Sandra's idealism leads to an important lesson from Ms. Krissman.
Six talented young lawyers working on opposite sides of the law on the most high-profile and high-stakes federal cases in the country are put to the test both personally and professionally as their lives intersect in and out of court.