Rita Handrich

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Rita Handrich has a doctoral degree in Psychology and has been a trial consultant with Keene Trial since 2000. She also edits The Jury Expert--the national on-line journal of the American Society of Trial Consultants. Twitter: @keenetrial and @thejuryexpert

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  • October 29, 2010
  • 04:23 PM
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You’re not too old for a story (but you might be too young!)

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

The idea of using a narrative to tell your litigation story is so widely accepted it’s almost surprising someone would research the power of a story But Kenneth Chestek did just that with appellate professionals in his article recently uploaded to the SSRN network.  And what he found is intriguing. Chestek covers familiar ground in his [...]


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Chestek, K. (2010) Judging by the Numbers: An Empirical Study of the Power of Story . SSRN. info:other/

  • October 22, 2010
  • 08:26 AM
  • 1,348 views

Simple Jury Persuasion: The dark side of psychological closeness

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

I swear there are times when simply reading a research report gives me chills. This is one of those times. We’ve written a lot about making your client more “like” jurors. In our posts on witness preparation you will see a lot of thoughts about making witnesses relatable to jurors without pandering to them.  It’s a [...]


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Gino, F., & Galinsky, A. (2010) When Psychological Closeness Creates Distance from One’s Moral Compass. SSRN. info:/

  • October 8, 2010
  • 08:20 AM
  • 2,364 views

Simple Jury Persuasion: A Collision of Values and Attributions

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

When do liberals and conservatives veer away from their traditional styles of decision-making? How can you predict this and incorporate it into your case narrative strategy?... Read more »

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