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power of language Articles

Sam Shepard and The Power of Language

Digging into the Hidden Landscape of Words Sam Shepard made me pay attention not just to the power of language, but to my entire life. I discovered Sam Shepard when I was in junior high-- an age when I was not really into “serious writing.” This might have even been…
Jesse Wilson
August 2, 2017
trial lawyer Articles

Entertainment is Not a Scary Word

ENTERTAINMENT IS NOT A SCARY WORD Be Turned on By the Truth "We were somewhere on the edge of Barstow..." I'm consulting on a 3 week trial and I can feel the spirit of Hunter S. Thompson's book "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" everywhere here in Sin City. But,…
Jesse Wilson
July 26, 2017
Man in court Articles

The State Before The Story

I remember going to see U2 perform in Philadelphia for the first time almost 20 years ago. It was back in the day when I was waiting tables at Morton’s of Chicago. I still remember that concert as if it were yesterday - Bono, backed up by The Edge, rising…
Jesse Wilson
July 19, 2017
Man in court Articles

Passion: The Driving Force Behind Great Communication

You’re standing in front of the jury. Are you attempting to communicate to your client’s story to the audience?  Are you mentally and emotionally present in the room you’re describing to your audience? Do you believe you’ve connected to the anxiety caused by your client’s sleepless nights? Are you capable…
Jesse Wilson
July 5, 2017
CLE workshop Articles

Character Is Contradiction

“Look for the contradictions in every character, especially in your heroes and villains. No one should be what they first seem to be. Surprise the audience.” --Elia Kazan, “Kazan on Directing” Here’s another quote that I love. Walt Whitman, the great poet of “Leaves of Grass” wrote, “Do I contradict…
Jesse Wilson
June 19, 2017
Gavel Articles

The Cry Beneath the Screech

Discover the real story jurors need to hear OBSTACLE:   Judging your client’s pain as an impenetrable wall that prevents you from going the distance into discovering their hidden story. OPPORTUNITY:    Discovering the real story jurors need to hear. There’s always something going on behind the mask of pain that allows you…
Jesse Wilson
June 4, 2017
Articles

The Victim Trap: Top Danger for Trial Lawyers

SETTING: The home of Ms. Frances Quinn, -- aka “Ms Frances,” a dedicated mid-forties after-school enrichment teacher. MS. F’S OBSTACLE:  Lifelong depression and chronic pain, both emotional and physical -- aka Playing the Victim. MS. F’S OPPORTUNITY: Finding her self-identity, and ultimate strength -- aka Empowering herself as the Protector and Victor.…
Jesse Wilson
May 22, 2017
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The Boy is Me

How do you use the stories of your own experience to bring your client’s stories to life? A powerful question to ask yourself is, “Where is their story in me?” Making the Personal Connection allows you to reach deep within yourself to call upon emotional intelligence that connects you directly…
Jesse Wilson
May 12, 2017