Every good story has meaning!

We humans are undeniably creatures of story.  Think of how empty life would be without ever having been transfixed by images dancing before our eyes in a dark movie theatre, engrossed in an incredible page-turner, or mesmerized by a master storyteller weaving a yarn around a roaring campfire. But stories are not just for entertainment. …

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The Labor of Law – Save Yourself and You Save the World

Next month I will have officially reached my twenty-fifth year of lawyering; the majority of those years were spent slogging through the litigation trenches as a state and federal public defender.  These can be dark waters we lawyers swim in.  We confront people at their lowest moments in life.  We absorb trauma vicariously through our…

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Until the Work Is Done

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of meeting a woman named Terry Fear.  I was planning a Zoom panel discussion for a group of community lay leaders where I live in Arizona; the topic of which was to be the federal death penalty.  Terry, an activist who lives near Terre Haute, Indiana (home of the…

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CAPITAL DEFENSE INSTITUTE (KENTUCKY DEPT. OF PUBLIC ADVOCACY) (WEBINAR) | DEC. 11, 2020

The KY Dept. of Public Advocacy provides high quality, client-centered legal representation to indigent persons of all ages, accused of crimes or facing a deprivation of liberty throughout the Kentucky.  The Capital defense institute provides high-quality training to aid teams in all facets of death penalty litigation.  Passon will be presenting on the use of…

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Sorry, Narrative, you’re not nearly as cool as you think you are…

We often use the terms “narrative” and “story” interchangeably.  Screenwriting guru Robert McKee (See, Five Reasons Every Lawyer Should Study The Art of Screenwriting) tells us these terms are NOT synonymous!  All stories are narratives, but not all narratives are stories.  So, what’s the difference? Imagine us now hunkered down in our favorite local watering…

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