Storytelling (was Critical Race Theory)
obrien at WVWC.EDU
Thu Aug 7 13:36:46 PDT 1997
Mark Graber offered:
> A nasty thought. Stories are important to law because lawyers, being
> trained as advocates, are likely to be better at story telling than
> social scientists. Because of their training, most social scientists
> are better than lawyers at gathering and assessing the reliability of
> more generalized data. Thus, the greater the role of stories in
> making policy (constitutional or otherwise), the greater the role of
> legal training and lawyers.
Phooey. Story telling has long been recognized as important by lawyers
because they have discovered that is the most effective way to influence a
jury. Some years ago I came across a book by two social scientists who
observed several trials and reached the conclusion that the best story won.
They were surprised to learn that lawyers are story tellers; I was taught
in law school to be a story teller and that was a lesson taught lawyers
long before I was--or the two social scientists were--born.
Robert O'Brien West Virginia Wesleyan College
obrien at .wvwc.edu
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