When SunWolf speaks, gems emerge

Apr 20, 2009 When SunWolf speaks, gems emerge

Courtesy SunWolf: A criminal defense lawyer’s criminal defense lawyer, showing lawyers the powerful path to humanizing our clients, through storytellilng, kindness to all, summoning our inner magic, and a reminder that "reality is no obstacle."

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. I have written about SunWolf here and here

SunWolf is now posting at

I am heartened to have daily doses of SunWolf’s wisdom, but am challenged that she is doing it on twitter. I previously panned the 140-character-per-posting microblogging site as McTwitter and McSpeak at Now, SunWolf will be showing how twitter can be used in the vein of sage yogi Baba Hari Dass, who years ago went silent and communicated by a chalkboard hung around his neck. Such communication helped Baba-ji free himself from excessive verbal and written noise so he could focus on living the yogi life.

While I continue resisting logging into twitter’s homepage — just as I continue resisting having my three-year-old know about the stomach-turning Barney — I will be regularly visiting SunWolf’s twitter page at

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