The synagogue Sam Friedman is shown attending with his family is called "Temple Rodef Shalom". "Rodef shalom" is Hebrew and means "pursuer of peace"; the Talmud applies this label to a person who stands for justice, as Friedman's character does in this movie.
The Courthouse interior and exterior scenes for Bridgeport CT were actually filmed in the City Hall of Buffalo NY. The Bridgeport train station scenes were filmed in the NY Central Railroad Terminal in Buffalo NY (the train station scenes from the Robert Redford baseball movie The Natural (1984) were also filmed there). The reservoir scenes were filmed in Akron Falls Park, outside of Buffalo.
Some of the items in the law office were Roycroft antiques. Roycroft was a reformist community of craft workers and artists which formed part of the Arts and Crafts movement in the United States. Elbert Hubbard founded the community in 1895, in the village of East Aurora, New York, near Buffalo. Participants were known as Roycrofters. The work and philosophy of the group, often referred to as the Roycroft movement, had a strong influence on the development of American architecture and design in the early 20th century.
The desk used by Josh Gad and the desk in the NAACP office was made by the Kittinger Furniture Company. For more than six generations, The Kittinger Furniture Company has set an unparalleled standard among manufacturers of fine furniture. The company was established in 1866 - one year after peace between the North and South was restored. It was a time when America held a wealth of natural resources, a burgeoning free-trade market, and a massive western frontier waiting to be developed. Industrial entrepreneurs were filled with high hopes and magnificent expectations.