Creativity in the Courtroom
Welcome to "The Brief," inspiring short bonus episodes of Trying 2 Win. In Episode 1 of "The Brief," Lincoln Derr founders and podcast hosts Sara Lincoln and Tricia Derr share their greatest moments of creativity in the courtroom.
For Tricia, one example came in the form of her attire. Pouring over paperwork and interpreting a contract In a commercial real estate case that was seemingly boring and "not very sexy" left Tricia stumped with her approach. Then, when the time came for closing arguments, she built hers around the theme of, "what's black and white is always right." She never mentioned it, but it was no coincidence that, on that day, she came to court wearing a black and white dress.
Sara, on the other hand, pays tribute to the use of Powerpoint presentations and visual cues to spark the creativity necessary to win a medical malpractice case with conflicting and confusing components. To convey that complexity to the jury, she incorporated the image of a spider web in the background of her Powerpoint presentation. It was subtle, and the subliminal suggestion left the opposing lawyer frantic.
Our closing argument? Moments of creativity can have profound impact in the courtroom. The best lawyers will leverage them every chance they get.
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