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Legal storytelling sketches human narratives into legal settings.


We know the things that are important as far as the law is concerned, but we also want the court, the jury, the judge, and others to see the human element. Who is this person? What were their goals? Why did he do what he did? That's the story.

Lawpagandist Brian Foley explains his work with the Applied Legal Storytelling, a movement he co-created that brings techniques of narrative fiction into the courtroom, tells us what lawyers can learn from the second act of VH1's Behind the Music episodes, and why jurors (and humans in general) naturally prefer happy endings.

Brian wrote about the ALS movement in the article Applied Legal Storytelling, Politics and Factual Realism for the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute.


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Brian Foley

Brian J. Foley is a lawyer, comedian and the author of A New Financial You in 28 Days! A 37-Day Plan.


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