By Ken Broda-Bahm, Ph.D.
Dear legal psychology and legal communication research fields:
First of all, thank you! Speaking, I believe, for all litigation consultants and for many savvy litigators, we rely on your work. We conduct our own research too, of course, through mock trials and focus groups. But because we’re generally using economical sample sizes in those projects, it also helps enormously to have larger-scale and peer-reviewed experiments, surveys, and theory-building to fall back on. As responsible social scientist-practitioners, we obtain knowledge from these research findings and trends in legal communication and psychology that directly inform our advice to clients, and that plays a very direct role in helping our advocacy-based legal system work better. So thank you.
But second of all, is there anything we can do to help you balance out the civil and the criminal sides of the house? What I mean is that, in addition to getting nearly all of the good legal dramas on TV and the movies, the criminal trial sphere also seems to benefit from the vast majority of research.