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Legal Storytelling

The Fourth Amendment…In the beginning

Legal Coffee has a new YouTube channel! In our first video, we tackle the Fourth Amendment. To understand the Fourth Amendment you need to understand “why” it was created by the Founding Fathers. Before the American Revolution, England’s debt swelled from fighting the French and Indian War. To solve the problem, England decided to tax the American Colonies. While keep reading »

Fairness

Fairness is a complicated picture to paint. If you put a group of people in a room, they could probably agree upon a definition of fairness.  However, it is unlikely they will all agree what “fairness” should look like in any given situation. Thus, when a person says they can be “fair and impartial” that doesn’t reveal much.  Other than keep reading »

“Warning Labels”

Do you really need instructions telling you not to hold a chainsaw by the blade – probably not. So why do you need a warning label? Because danger and risk are not always so self-evident. Sometimes the fine-print contains things less obvious than the dangers of holding a chainsaw by the wrong end. CRITICAL MEASUREMENTS There are times when a… keep reading »

Bias

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Ever feel like you’re playing a rigged game?… keep reading »

People Make Their Own Closing Arguments

Narratives create narratives. When you hear a story, it pulls up frames from other narratives you have previously adopted. A personalized story telling process occurs in your mind. You take the new story and mold it with your preexisting deep narratives to try to give it meaning. You subconsciously tell yourself, your own subjective story of what the facts mean… keep reading »

The Difference Between a Narrative and a Story

The difference between a narrative and a story is a debatable. Many people use the terms synonymously. Here is my view of the difference. A simple story retells events (real or fictional). A narrative is more complex and narcissistic. A narrative recounts the events from a specific view point of a character (or even an inanimate objects) in a story.… keep reading »

The Second Worst Question

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People who lie, cheat and steal normally don’t admit that they lie, cheat and steal. Thus, it is reasonable to assume that a deceitful person, would act deceitful, when asked a question about how truthful they are. So, what do you think would be the benefit of asking a deceitful person: “are you a liar?” That would… keep reading »