Dear Reader,

We all tell stories. When we ask ourselves why something happened, then we expect some explanation — a story — that fits with our understanding of the world. Stories are powerful when they change our understanding of the world by challenging our assumptions, or when they frame our perspectives to influence those assumptions.

You can use legal research skills to find stories and develop stories you have already. Stories made with legal research skills can be just as powerful as any other story. A story could help us understand what makes a union out of states with different laws and diverse peoples. A story might help a jury understand a litigant’s perspective. A story could explain how some peoples’ stories have disappeared.

Because reading my research logs wouldn’t be the most exciting thing in the world — and because when I’m not researching for faculty my logs are much, much messier written in a complicated, yet very efficient, personal shorthand — here I turn each research journey into a story. I try to keep the stories about the folks involved, but my experiences doing the research may creep in a little.


Robert O’Leary

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Last Updated: April 7, 2013 by

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