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Millennials, women in general, and Andrea Yates in particular 

June 21st, 2017|

Recently, several articles have come out on Millennials and women but neither were enough to fill an entire post—so we’re combining them into a single post so that we do not miss passing on the information. “Psychologically scarred” Millennials are “killing industries” This article is almost funny but they are blaming Boomers (the parents of the Millennials) for the “industry-killing” habits of the Millennials. They quote Millennials who say this is “just some more millennial-blaming BS” and apparently, headlines saying Millennials have “killed off” another corporation or even industries are very common. The buying habits of Millennials are very different

Simple Jury Persuasion: The Pique Technique (The Panhandler’s Persuasion Tool) 

June 19th, 2017|

Seven years ago, we blogged about a disruptive persuasion strategy meant to catch the listener off guard and thus, elicit cooperation. Four years ago, we blogged about a negotiation strategy to help you more successfully negotiate prices (from salaries to farmer’s market produce). Now, in a new meta-analysis, the strategy is called the pique technique (which is very catchy). The pique technique is a persuasion strategy believed to work by raising the listener’s curiosity and thus disrupting the automatic “No” and encouraging you to engage with the asker. Most people ask, “What is it for?” to an unusual request like

More on American race relations since the 2016  presidential elections

June 16th, 2017|

This is a combination post of some of the ways race is coming up in 2017 (so far). It is easy to become numbed to how many shocking things are said on a regular basis now, but we agree with John Oliver in this NSFW video—this is not normal and we need to remember that! So today, here’s just a sampling of things that we need to pay attention to and not just accept as “normal”. These are not normal things. What is even more disturbing is these are stories all published within the past week. A lawyer who stood up

Are any of those stories on America’s increasing  racial prejudice true?

June 14th, 2017|

You have likely heard many stories repeated about increased racial prejudice since the 2016 national elections in the US, but is there any evidence-based proof that alleged increase is real? According to a new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research, yes—at  least when it comes to a willingness to say things aloud that have not been “okay” for a very long time. Vox has written a plain language explanation of this paper that you may want to look at to get a quick (and clear) synopsis. Essentially, the message is that when you see leaders behaving badly,

Violence and Gender: More on dangerous women 

June 9th, 2017|

We’ve written a number of times about dangerous women here and our readers (as well as random internet visitors) seem to be fascinated by them. But there is disagreement among those that believe their personal experiences/exposure define reality and the actual facts. For example, we published a post on a prospective research study. The study questioned whether women were sentenced to more time in prison than men who were convicted of the same crimes. A legal blogger known for his moral outrage wrote about the post and asked why in the world we would use our blog to perpetuate a

Headscarves and hiring, somebody’s watching  you, and a bathroom personality test

June 7th, 2017|

Time for another one of those posts that combine the things we’ve been reading into a ‘this and that’ sort of post that gives you information on issues you may want to know more about and that certainly make you a more interesting conversationalist. Or perhaps a more memorable conversationalist. Employers are less likely to hire women wearing headscarves It seems like it has been forever since anyone suggested we were living in a post-racial society but it probably has been more than 150 days. (Sigh.) We’ve written before about women who wear head scarves but in the context of

Simple Jury Persuasion: Helping Expert  Witnesses Teach Effectively at Trial

June 5th, 2017|

Last year, we posted several times on CRISPR (the revolutionary gene-editing tool) as an example of how to explain something very complex to the novice juror. We’ve also talked a lot about how expert witnesses are not present in the courtroom to show jurors and parties how smart they are—but rather, to educate the jurors. When we say we want expert witnesses to teach at the high school level—we often get confusion from experts as to  how this can possibly be done. Typically, the expertise of an expert technical witness is in a specific area and it is hard to

The many ways your smartphone is trying to  control you….

June 2nd, 2017|

While you may think most of the things we write about here are on litigation advocacy (and you would be correct) we also care about you, dear reader. We have written often about smartphones and their ubiquitous presence in our lives. This is a post to update you on the increasingly cruel reality of the role smartphones play in our emotional experiences, how they accentuate our personality traits, and the ways they affect our work lives. Excessive smart phone use leads to emotional problems This finding stems from research at SUNY Binghamton where they found smartphone use could result in

Your best bet for an expert witness is a friendly  nerd rather than an attractive scientist

May 31st, 2017|

And it doesn’t really matter if the expert is male or female, if they are young or old, and they can be any ethnicity! In other words, said the researchers—the variables we have read so much about (i.e., gender, age, ethnicity) are not as notable as whether someone “looks like” our stereotype of a “good scientist”. Very intriguing in the search for the “perfect expert”. The researchers completed six separate studies and we want to give you the results using their words because the findings are so very consistent across the studies. In the first two studies, the researchers asked

Witness preparation: To vocal fry or not to vocal  fry?

May 29th, 2017|

If you are young(er) you likely know precisely what vocal fry means and if you are old(er)—probably not so much. It is a cultural phenomenon seen primarily (but not only) in young(er) women as described at the Mental Floss website: “Vocal fry describes a specific sound quality caused by the movement of the vocal folds. In regular speaking mode, the vocal folds rapidly vibrate between a more open and more closed position as the air passes through. In vocal fry, the vocal folds are shortened and slack so they close together completely and pop back open, with a little jitter,