Amazing Sunwolf presents “Juror Competency, Juror Compassion”
Dr. Sunwolf — the great storytelling lawyer who proclaims that “Reality is no obstacle” — is one of my six most influential and beneficial trial teachers and inspirers. The others are Stephen Rench, who inspires trial lawyers to “Dare to be great;” Larry Pozner, who teams with Roger Dodd to make effective cross examination less a mystery and more an achievable goal; Don Clarkson, a Radar O’Reilly of sorts who gets right to the heart of the matter in helping lawyers prepare for trial; Josh Karton, an acting teacher par excellence who gets to the heart of the matter as quickly as Don Clarkson; and Gerry Spence, who inspires to win for justice and in life by discovering and cultivating our unique magic, warts and all.
I have been hooked on Sunwolf ever since she presented an amazing session on motions hearings at the 1994 National Criminal Defense College Trial Practice Institute. Sunwolf shows the power of persuading through storytelling. She is a past training director of the Colorado Public Defender’s office, and is now an associate professor of communication at Santa Clara University.
Sunwolf’s two jury dynamic books and companion DVD are musts for trial lawyers: Practical Jury Dynamics. and Jury Thinking (the 2005 companion to Practical Jury Dynamics), and the Jury Talk DVD.
Now available is Juror Competency, Juror Compassion, Sunwolf’s 2006 companion volume to Practical Jury Dynamics. Just as Jury Thinking is a self-contained volume in itself — rather than a treatise pocket part — I anticipate that Juror Competency, Juror Compassion will be the same type of beneficial stand-alone volume.
Promoting Sunwolf’s Juror Competency, Juror Compassion for pre-order is my opportunity to give back in a small way to her for all the amazing gifts she has shared with me. By Jon Katz