33 ABA Journal Storytelling articles.
Trial lawyers, like literary artists, know how to pose the right questions. They construct the staging, especially in courtroom scenes, that directs their audience—jurors and judges, and sometimes the public—toward intended readings of dramatic subtext.
Jan 1, 2017 2:20 AM CST
How do we order events and then move about in time when telling law stories?
Nov 1, 2016 2:30 AM CDT
Not long ago in these pages, a column asserted that humor is misplaced in the courtroom and proscribed for attorneys: “Don’t Be Funny: Litigation is no laughing matter to your…
Sep 1, 2016 2:50 AM CDT
The Broadway smash Hamilton teaches lawyers about framing a story.
Aug 1, 2016 2:40 AM CDT
For years I was a runner/jogger. I logged 20-30 miles a week and did some of my best law work on runs. Unfortunately, my middle-aged knees and hips gave out…
Jun 1, 2016 2:00 AM CDT
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. begins his dissenting opinion
from a denial of cert in Pennsylvania v. Dunlap
May 1, 2016 2:00 AM CDT
Recently I had the privilege of serving on a jury in a malpractice case. And I think I saw something you can use.
Apr 1, 2016 2:40 AM CDT
I often wonder why, assuming court rules permit it, lawyers don't incorporate more visual images—photographs and diagrams, including depictions of exhibits introduced at trial—directly into their briefs and court filings,…
Feb 1, 2016 2:10 AM CST
In these pages last May, Bryan Garner referenced the "halo effect"
from behavioral economist Daniel Kahneman's 2011 book, Thinking, Fast and Slow
Jan 1, 2016 2:20 AM CST
Humor is the lubricant that enables us to slide through the obstacles life places in our way. That's why we say: "If I didn't laugh, I'd cry."
Nov 1, 2015 2:10 AM CST
I am driving to the law school where I work, listening to Sirius radio. The Bridge plays music from the 1960s and '70s. Carly Simon sings "You're so vain. I…
Oct 1, 2015 7:50 AM CDT
Character is crucial in most popular storytelling practices. Most especially, it is at the core of the modern novel. The late literary critic and novelist John Gardner observed that at…
Aug 1, 2015 6:50 AM CDT
Last summer I attended an intensive, weeklong postgraduate writing workshop at Vermont College for Fine Arts given by the novelist and memoirist Andre Dubus III (House of Sand and Fog
Jun 1, 2015 6:00 AM CDT
Trial storytelling is often highly creative and innovative. It is filled with aesthetic danger and strategic risk-taking—as are all forms of narrative art. But there is far more at stake…
Feb 1, 2015 6:21 AM CST
Peter Brooks, the esteemed narrative theorist, tells an anecdote about a brilliant graduate student in his advanced narrative theory seminar at Yale.
Jan 1, 2015 2:30 AM CST
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