Storytelling for Lawyers. By Philip N. Meyer. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. 240 pp. $19.95 paper.

Published date01 March 2015
Date01 March 2015
recent study of a Philadelphia neighborhood provides a useful meth-
odological counterpoint, which is more suggestive of the phenome-
nology and cultural effects of parental incarceration.
Second, Wakefield and Wildeman have little to say about the pol-
icy considerations of their analysis. They touch briefly on early child-
hood intervention policies, drug treatment programs, and reforms to
the probation system, but only in passing. It is surely to be hoped that
their pathmarking empirical work catalyzes among social scientists
wider engagement with and attention to previously unappreciated
spillover effects from mass incarceration, effects that promise to cast a
long shadow. It is also to be hoped that legal scholars and judges too
recognize that the collateral costs of laws on children is not an artifact
of the same-sex marriage context, but rather a pervasive and deeply
troubling aspect of our wider criminal regulatory state.
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Storytelling for Lawyers. By Philip N. Meyer. New York: Oxford
University Press, 2014. 240 pp. $19.95 paper.
Reviewed by Mikaila Mariel Lemonik Arthur, Department of
Sociology, Rhode Island College
Let me preface this review by summarizing where I am coming
from as a reviewer: I am not a lawyer, nor am I a law school faculty
member. Rather, I am a social scientist studying legal education, a
teacher of undergraduates who aspire to legal careers, and a former
student of creative writing. These perspectives shape my views of
Meyer’s unique text, which is dedicated to the argument that story-
telling is at the root of effective litigation practice. Tomake this argu-
ment, he draws on the field of narratology and a wide variety of
legal and nonlegal stories to highlight five essential elements of
story-craft (p. 4): scene, cast, and character, plot, time frame, and
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