By Katherine James
“O brave new world that has such people in’t!”
William Shakespeare, The Tempest
“...most men and women will grow up to love their servitude and will never dream of revolution.”
Yes, it is a brave new world – this world of virtual witness preparation. In my practice I find it to be a revolutionary new chapter in my professional autobiography (thank you, Aldous!). But I didn’t always feel that way.
A good two years before I started helping attorneys prepare witnesses virtually I thought it was impossible. I believed that unless I was in a room with a person, I couldn’t make an impact on that person’s ability to be a better witness. What’s more, without “being in the room” how was I going to have an impact on the attorney? Much of witness preparation is also attorney preparation – helping to develop the series of questions in direct examination, for example. Add into the mix that I work with clients all over the United States and occasionally overseas.
So what changed my mind?