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Are You Smarter Than A Soap Opera Writer?, by Laurie Kuslansky, The Litigation Consulting Report (with hat tip to Ken Lopez!)


As Ms. Kuslansky points out, “There’s always a story, but if you don’t tell yours, jurors will use their own. The same is true in documents submitted to the Court. Who else will tell your client’s perspective of events and interpretation of the law? You are the one who tells your client’s story, whether to the Court in a brief or motion or to the jury at trial. CCE

Believe it or not, soap opera writers are better at storytelling than some litigators. Why? Not because of their subject matter or their wisdom, but because they know how to activate more of the brain than some lawyers. They put events into a story context, and they know how to use language to activate the brain better. If they can do it, so can you.