April 2018 Bar Bulletin
By Daniel W. Dugan
Even when I’m at the movies, I’m thinking about ways for you to win trials. For instance, the movie “Sliding Doors” has a very interesting premise that can be used to select and persuade jurors. It is a graphic example of the story-telling feature that I teach about called the turning point.
“Sliding Doors” (which you should see) shows how the life of a woman — portrayed by Gwyneth Paltrow — would have turned out if: (1) she had made it on to her subway train; or (2) if she missed the subway train because the doors slid shut. The movie juxtaposes...