I have been enjoying the World Series. The Phillies team has captured the hearts of the city with their fighting spirit and passion for the game. On the opposite end of the spectrum is the TV broadcast team. Particularly legendary pitcher John Smoltz. His style can best be described as entirely dispassionate. In fact, he will broadcast the entire series without making a single remark of color commentary that is memorable. Sadly, this is the first series since the death of Vin Scully, the consummate professional who exuded class and passion for his craft.
So how does this post relate to the law? Because passion is a vital aspect of a trial lawyer’s success. Our job is to persuade and genuine passion is persuasive. When communicating on your behalf, your attorney must find arguments or themes that can be conveyed passionately. There is nothing less persuasive than an attorney who is just going through the motions or advancing an argument that even he doesn’t seem convinced about. Find the passion and put it out there. Be a Scully not a Smoltz.