Law Religion Culture Review

Exploring the intersections of law, religion and culture. Copyright by Richard J. Radcliffe. All rights reserved.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Under Pressure.

Over the past seven business days, I have observed people under pressure.

These pressurized people were attorneys, their clients, and witnesses. Over this time, I have participated in four days of depositions, a trial, a mediation, and an appellate oral argument.

Not everyone deals with pressure in the same fashion.

Some laugh nervously; some tell jokes (funny and unfunny); some (clients) hold hands; some feverishly generate notes (a little late when the oral argument is a few minutes away?); some review their scripts for oral argument; some speak passionately; some engage in deep breathing exercises (my counterpart at the court of appeal); and some sit in stoic silence.

Some say pressure is a refining fire. Some get stronger and some melt.