If you’ve tried any cases, you understand that a trial is as much an art form as it is a test of facts. Psychodrama can help you better understand your clients, their backgrounds, and what shaped them before they came to you. It helps you to present the compelling story of your case through a better understanding of the parties’, experts’, and witnesses’ motivations. It will also help you prepare your cases and direct them from intake to trial.
This book is a step-by-step manual that will help lawyers who are new to psychodrama learn the basic techniques, and will help more seasoned lawyers perfect their skills. The book begins with the history of psychodrama in law, then moves on to describe the specific tools and techniques that trial lawyers use. Each instructional chapter gives a “how to,” followed by an example, and finishes with an exercise you can try at home. Finally, the book gives concrete examples of how you can use your newly found psychodrama tools and skills in all parts of a trial, from voir dire to closing.
Psychodrama is not for the faint of heart. It’s a method for those lawyers ready to join the ranks of the best lawyers in the world.
Articles and Interviews
6/8/2011 — Trial In Action
Reviewed by Wilbur C. Smith, in The Colorado Lawyer (June 2011)
Trial in Action presents a unique twist on the trial lawyer’s art. The authors strongly believe that, as a trial lawyer, “your goal is to help your juries hear, see, and feel your client’s stories.” As a means to this end, they present the technique of legal “psychodrama,” in which the lawyer prepares for trial through dramatic role playing. Continued »
4/27/2011 — Listen to the authors of Trial In Action discuss the art of psychodrama and its application to the practice of law on the Legal Talk Network
4/26/2011 — Trial In Action
Reviewed by Alexander F. Ransom, in the Whatcom Country Bar (March)
Trial theory is fun. It’s interesting. From Reptile to Rules of the Road, numerous books written by experienced trial attorneys give perspective on how to successfully conduct jury trials. What persuades juries? What turns them off? Trial In Action: The Persuasive Power of Psychodrama is one of the newest books to broach the subject. In short, the authors explain how to use psychodrama in trial practice. Continued »
3/31/2011 — Trial In Action
Reviewed by Larry D. Lee, Esq. in Trial Talk®
Over twenty plus years in practice, I have read a lot of books about lawyering and trial practice, and after a while, they start to sound the same. The same recycled and regurgitated ideas, the same rules, the same strategies. But every now and then, a book comes along with new and revolutionary ideas that break the monotony of the traditional way of preparing and trying a case. Trial in Action: The Persuasive Power of Psychodrama is such a book. You’ve read Rick Friedman; you’ve read David Ball; you’ve read Gerry Spence. If you want to take the next step in your development as a trial lawyer, you owe it to yourself to read Trial in Action. Continued »
3/08/2011 — Trial In Action
Reviewed by Linda Friedman Ramirez in The Champion (January/February 2011)
Does knowing ourselves make any difference in whether we can persuade juries to empathize with our client? Does being authentic about how we feel have a role in our practice? Isn’t it our training to “act” as if we believe our client and his “version” of events? In a particularly horrendous case, aren’t we “masking” our true feelings? Continued »