May 2020 As litigation and legal counseling become increasingly global, visuals become increasingly important for overcoming language barriers. When facing language barriers with clients or decision makers, visuals can provide clarity and avoid confusion. Visual aids (pictures, graphs, charts, etc.) can help you construct an effective bridge to your listeners. On a recent trip to … more »
Link to CNN Article: https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/20/politics/scotus-jury-verdict-criminal-trial/index.htmlLink to judicial opinion:https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/19pdf/18-5924_n6io.pdf The U.S. Supreme Court recently cited research conducted by a ThemeVision team member in their Ramos v. Louisiana decision. The Supreme Court’s decision cited a comprehensive review of jury decision making studies authored by Dennis Devine. The review article was published in a top social science journal … more »
With regard to legal writing, pleadings and briefs are among the first impressions you can make on a judge. Consider anecdotal evidence from Justice Antonin Scalia: “If [I] see someone who has written a sloppy brief, I’m inclined to think that person is a sloppy thinker. It is rare that a person thinks clearly, precisely, carefully, and does not write that way. Contrariwise, it’s rare that someone who is careful and precise in his thought is sloppy in his writing. So it hurts you … to have ungrammatical, sloppy briefs.” Thus, clean, precise, and well-constructed sentences and citations can correlate to sound legal arguments, but have the opposite effect with poorly constructed writing. On a larger scale, a positive first impression made via an initial pleading can parlay into elevated judgments of subsequent filings, and your case as a whole.
April 2020 Schematic Trial Graphics: Process Chart Schematics can convey complex processes to the jury in a manner that simply cannot be achieved with words alone.In the process chart shown here, ThemeVision helped to show the nuances of a manufacturing process. Process Charts Also called: process flowchart, process flow diagrams These can be instrumental in … more »
Maps are important for aiding understanding. However, the amount of unnecessary information on a typical map can be overwhelming and actually distract from making a simple point. Our thematic maps boil a typical map down to only the information that matters for your purpose. By removing unnecessary detail, we can focus the decision maker in … more »