Trial In Action: The Persuasive Power of Psychodrama – a new book from The 3 Sisters

Trial in Action
The Persuasive Power of Psychodrama

Joane Garcia-Colson, Fredilyn Sison, & Mary Peckham

METHOD IMPROVE THEIR SKILLS. Beginning with the history of
psychodrama in law, moving to the various techniques used in and out of
the trial setting, and ending with true life examples, this book provides not
only a primer but also a valuable resource for the trial lawyer. Each
instructional chapter gives a how to, followed by an example, and finishes
with an exercise you can try out. From voir dire to closing argument, this
book will help all practitioners, civil and criminal, become familiar with a
method that is both effective and creative.

350 pages                  $85.00

PRAISE for Trial in Action:

“Why should you care about psychodrama? Because it is the best way to know yourself, your client, and your case. If you want to tell your client’s story so judges and jurors see an authentic human being rather than a slick lawyer, this book is for you.”
Paul N. Luvera, member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers

“If you’re a trial lawyer and don’t know about psychodrama, this is the book for you. Trial in Action makes concrete the forensic applications of psychodrama by bridging the gap between psychology and trial work. This is the book the practicing bar has been waiting for.”
Bill Barton, fellow of the International Society of Barristers and author of Recovering for Psychological Injuries

“Great advances happen when creative people look at matters in previously unrecognized ways. With this long overdue work, the authors show trial attorneys how the courtroom looks through the prism of psychodrama. Your trial work will never be the same.”
Carl Bettinger, Lawyers USA Lawyer of the Year, 2007, Adjunct Professor at University of New Mexico School of Law

“Trial in Action: The Persuasive Power of Psychodrama is a wonderful book that pulls together for the first time in one place a comprehensive analysis of the use of psychodrama in all aspects of trial practice. I am delighted to see a book that makes this topic accessible to a large audience. Not only is the book clear and easy to understand but it is filled with many practical examples of how the psychodrama techniques can impact case development, investigation, witness preparation, and all parts of the trial itself. Such a book is long overdue.”
Barbara Bergman, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of New Mexico School of Law

“Superbly written, with heartfelt and compassionate prose, Trial in Action is your ticket to a powerful journey that has no end. Along the way, you’ll find yourself becoming the kind of trial lawyer you never dared to dream you could become.”
Daniel R. Williams, professor at Northeastern University School of Law, author of Executing Justice

“This book is perfect for practitioners confronting the challenge of representing unpopular defendants in court.”
Linda Friedman Ramirez, attorney and editor of Cultural Issues in Criminal Defense, 3rd edition

“The three authors have one foot in the world of psychodrama and one foot in the world of trial practice. This book is the perfect integration of the two, and invaluable to trial attorneys. It is an essential handbook for our office shelves.”
Charles Abourezk, trial attorney, film maker, and author

“I am so impressed with this book! It takes what I’ve seen one of the authors do at training seminars and breaks it into easy steps. They’ve taken what we criminal defense lawyers do, and explained how to get to the true heart of the client and her case. Not only would I buy this book, I’d make it mandatory reading for trial practice students.”
Tina Hunt, Senior Litigator, Federal Defenders of the Middle District of Georgia, faculty of the National Criminal Defense College

“This book makes psychodrama techniques accessible. It makes solid suggestions as to how and why psychodrama can expand trial presentations beyond the dry factual approach you learned in law school. Move juries and make your cases come alive!”
Erica Michaels Hollander, JD and Ph.D. in Human Communication Studies

“Reading Trial in Action will encourage you to confront and refine everything you think you know about psychodrama. The book reminds us of a truth we forget sometimes: the best lawyers are those who recognize that most jurors want trials to be about justice, not about determining winners and losers. Trial in Action is a must read for both beginning law students and seasoned practitioners..”
Holly Maguigan, Professor of Clinical Law at New York University, former president of the Society of American Law Schools

“As an academic and a trial consultant, I often reflect that law schools do precious little to teach how to prepare a case, much less how to prepare oneself for courtroom work. Trial in Action will become the manual to which practicing lawyers will turn for a unifying vision of the action method of case preparation and trial presentation.”
Marjorie P. Russell, Professor of Law, Chair of the Litigation Skills Department, Thomas Cooley Law School

“Garcia-Colson, Sison, and Peckham intelligibly meld psychodrama and trial skills in an easily understandable book. As a pioneer in psychodramatic trial consulting, I highly recommend this book to lawyers and psychodramatists alike. J. L. Moreno would be pleased.”
John Nolte, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and trial consultant

“Trial in Action explains psychodramatic techniques in a way that even a layperson could understand. Filled with practical advice and examples, it guides the novice and refreshes the skilled practitioner. Learn what you didn’t learn in law school—how to tell your client’s story in a compelling manner.”
Leigh E. Johnson, certified specialist in family law, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Association of Certified Family Law Specialists

“If you want to become better at what you love doing, take a chance and read this book. It will revolutionize your life and practice.”
Larry Lee, diplomat of the American College of Advocacy, and graduate of The Trial Lawyers College

“This is an amazing book! It explains both the theory of psychodrama and its practical application to trial lawyers in a straightforward and easy to understand way. It is one of those rare books that the reader gains more insight and knowledge every time he or she peruses its pages. What a wonderful book for trial lawyers who care about their clients.”
Lynne Bratcher, employment discrimination attorney, Bratcher Gockel & Kingston, Kansas City, Missouri


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