Saturday, August 23, 2008

Zen and the art of voir dire

Father. Husband. Son. Brother. Uncle. Soccer coach. Poker player. Native Texan. Cook. Mechanic. Runner. Country music fan. Jazz listener. Texas ex. Attorney. Counselor. Teacher. Student. Speaker. Storyteller. Reader. Writer. Blogger. Sudoku addict. Builder. Handyman. Friend.

These are just some of the words that describe who I am.

In order to communicate with a jury you first must know who you are. Only then can you try to figure out who they are. The secret is to find enough common ground so that there is no me and they -- there is only WE. Once you've found WE then, and only then, can you ask those men and women in the box for what you want.

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