Document Type

Lecture

Publication Date

7-8-2011

Abstract

The following presentation was given at the 2011 Applied Legal Storytelling Conference at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law on July 28, 2011.

When Phoebe Prince, a fifteen-year-old high school student, committed suicide after having been bullied by her classmates, the local district attorney’s office brought serious felony charges against those classmates. In so doing, the DA’s office adopted the simple narrative reported by the media. This presentation explores how a failure to recognize the complexities of a narrative can have substantial and deleterious effect on attorney decision-making.

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