July 01, 2013

Trials: A Storyteller’s Apprentice

Sarah F. King

In Native American culture, storytelling is an art passed on through generations of master tribal storytellers. Hopeful “emerging tribal tellers” apply for apprenticeships with masters to learn the art and craft of traditional storytelling. If accepted, the apprentices sit beside the masters, for years, observing how to present traditional stories from their tribal background within their community.

After a year of practice as a hopeful trial attorney, I have learned this: Successful trial lawyers are master storytellers, associates their apprentices.

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