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The Power of Psychodrama in Law
"Your Jurors, Your Heroes" an article based on "Twelve Heroes, One Voice"
The following article is adapted from Carl Bettinger’s Twelve Heroes, One Voice: Guiding Jurors to Courageous Verdicts.
All too often, the question “What is your case about?” is met with responses filled with jargon, medical terms, and professional indifference:
“It’s a med-mal case for failure to diagnose breast cancer.”
“It’s a birth-injury case with CP.”
“My client is charged with being a felon in possession.”
We choose this language because it contains familiar shorthand that other attorneys will understand. But our courtroom audience is not a sophisticated legal audience; it’s a mishmash of teachers and tech writers, grandparents and grad students: people for whom common courtroom terms like plaintiff and defendant are often intimidating and ambiguous.
How Do Trial Methods Impact Settlement?
Trial Guides has conducted interviews with several of our authors regarding ways their trial methods impact settlement. This interview with authors Joane Garcia- Colson, Fredilyn Sison, and Mary Peckham focuses on the ways in which psychodrama impacts settlement using the methods in their book: Trial in Action. Even though it’s called Trial in Action, it’s a method you can use to discover and edit your story so that it is the most persuasive for whomever the decision-maker is. It could be a mediator, lawyer, claims adjustor, or a judge ruling on a motion. The tools in this book help you...