Advocates as storytellers

AuthorStephen Grant
g Part One g
In many ways, advocates are actors and storytellers, especially in
front of a jury. They might write their scripts to begin, but the frailty
of witnesses makes going o-script as much the rule as the exception.
Like every story, each case, whether at trial or on appeal, has a moral. It
generally portrays a party wearing a “white hat’’ and another wearing
a “black hat,” usually more nuanced than that distinction implies. The
authors in this chapter– judge, advocates, former actors and novelist
reect their dierent vantage points on lawyers and the “stories” we tell.

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