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Ordinary measures lead to ordinary results.
Every client’s story matters. A good lawyer understands the importance of uncovering that story and telling it well. Typical tools of advocacy pale in comparison to a well-crafted short documentary video. Passon is on the cutting edge of this powerful and persuasive litigation process.
As a criminal defense lawyer with over 20 years’ experience and an award-winning filmmaker, Passon possesses a one-of-a-kind skillset. He will help illuminate the truth of your client’s story in a way traditional methods of persuasion advocacy simply cannot. This method is not only accepted, but welcomed in courts across the country.
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Inside The Staircase: Lessons from the Michael Peterson Murder Trial
In order to rebut the defendant’s claim that his wife died from a fall down the stairs as opposed to a savage beating, the state enlisted a small army of dubious “experts” to prove its case.
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Seeing is Believing
In this free CLE, learn how to use visual, emotional-based storytelling at the sentencing and penalty phase.
The Narrative Gym for Law
I am excited to announce the publication of a groundbreaking new book on legal storytelling! The Narrative Gym for Law is an introduction to a method of narrative construction called the "ABT", which stands for "AND, BUT, and THEREFORE." It's the brain-child of Dr. Randy Olson, Ph.D, a Harvard-educated scientist turned Hollywood filmmaker.
Most lawyers understand that “story" is at the heart of persuasive advocacy, but there's long been a need for a simple, analytical approach to this often convoluted, esoteric topic. When I found the ABT, I knew it was the perfect vehicle to communicate narrative structure to lawyers in a way that is straightforward, immediately actionable and applicable to any area of practice. So, I stalked Dr. Olson and convinced him to co-author this book with me!
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Why Visual Advocacy
Seeing is believing. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth a million. A powerful story told with powerful visuals enhances the credibility and impact of sentencing arguments.
Video gives the attorney greater control over the unpredictability of live witnesses and brings sterile written witness statements to life.
Research consistently shows that video is a highly effective tool for communication and persuasion.
Videos give the judge or jury an up-close and personal view of the human side of your client, their family and their life.
As the leading expert in sentencing video advocacy, Passon has the legal experience and production capabilities to handle any kind of case.
The potent combination of legal advocacy and documentary film making has the power to change lives.
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