ABC network developing legal drama inspired by trucker-turned-lawyer

By Land Line staff | 7/29/2013

“Lawless,” a new series based on the real life of a woman who went from truck driver to lawyer is in development for ABC TV.

A spokesperson with ABC Entertainment confirmed that a development deal is in place between the network and executive producers Shonda Rhimes and KJ Steinberg to develop the series, which is inspired by the real-life exploits of Wynona Ward and her organization Have Justice Will Travel, which provides traveling pro bono legal and support services for victims of domestic abuse.

Ward spent 15 years as a long-haul trucker before going to law school at age 41. The organization’s mission, according to its website, is to bring an end to “the generational cycle of abuse for women and children in rural communities through a unique and innovative mobile multiservice model.”

Rhimes’ producer credits include the Emmy Award-winning primetime drama “Grey’s Anatomy,”its spinoff “Private Practice,”and the political drama “Scandal.”Steinberg serves as developer/executive producer for the ABC series “Mistresses,” and is writing the series.

Rhimes and Steinberg previously worked together on the period drama “GildedLilys,” which was also an early buy at ABC and went to pilot.

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