Monday, September 24, 2007
Professor Ken Chestek, at Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis, has hit the nail on the head in his new article, The Plot Thickens: The Appellate Brief as Story. Chestek explains how an entire appellate brief can work as a seamless narrative, putting to persuasive use the core elements that make up effective storytelling, such as character, conflict, setting, theme, and plot. And it is great fun to see how the author models these very techniques throughout his article. These are absolutely the techniques you hope opposing counsel has not yet mastered.