The goal of the Visual Persuasion Project is to promote a better understanding of the practice, theory, and teaching of law in the current screen-dominated, pervasively visual, digital era. The Project was formed in 2005 to study and advance the cultivation of critical visual intelligence, to inspire creative visualizations of evidence, case narratives, policy analysis, and legal argumentation, and to help lawyers, judges, law students, and the lay public integrate new visual tools into more traditional (textual and verbal) approaches to legal analysis.
In a seminar called “Visual Persuasion in the Law,” taught by Prof. Richard K. Sherwin at New York Law School, students learn how lawyers communicate in court and out using visual images on electronic screens. For their final projects, the students, working in small groups, create short films on a law-related topic.
Here is one such film from Fall 2012:
“Devil’s Advocate: The Fight to Free Damien Echols” is a short film produced and directed by New York Law School students Anthony Iliakostas (’14), Meghan Lalonde (’13), and Ryan Morrison (’13). The film examines how Damien Echols, a member of the ‘West Memphis 3’, was wrongfully convicted of the murders of three young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. Featuring one-on-one interviews with Damien and his legal team, this film provides an inside look at the people responsible for Damien’s freedom and the ongoing fight for ultimate exoneration through years of rallying support from the same entity that helped convict him in the first place: the media.
October 19, 2011 @ Cardozo Law School
October 21, 2011 @ New York Law School
Conference Panelist Interviews
More about the Project’s Director and Founder
New Book from Routledge
On Today Show on televising capital punishment.
C-SPAN Interview about his book, When Law Goes Pop
[University of Chicago Press 2000]
- Stay Free Magazine Interview
- Keynote Lecture, University of Alabama Law School (“Law’s Screen Life”)
- CKUT (Montreal) McGill radio Interview on the need for visual literacy for lawyers, judges, and jurors.
- “On Being Among Friends“
- “Celebrity Lawyers and the Cult of Personality“
- “Law, Metaphysics, and the New Iconoclasm“