New ABA Book ‘Psychology For Lawyers’ Harnesses Insights of the Science to Improve Lawyers’ Skills
CHICAGO, Jan. 2, 2013 — Lawyers who can tap into the insights of psychology can be more effective interviewers and counselors, engage in more successful negotiations, conduct more efficient and useful discovery, more effectively persuade judges and others through their written words, better identify and avoid ethical problems, and even be more productive and happier. Those are the ideas put forth in the new ABA book Psychology for Lawyers.
The primary goal of the book is to expose lawyers and law students to how some of the key insights offered by the field of psychology can improve the practice of law. The authors provide the best research on how people think, remember, communicate and make decisions. Then they show lawyers how to put that research to work in every aspect of their law practice, from negotiating deals to writing briefs and even developing new business.
Chapters cover everything from the science of memory to the way emotions influence thinking and behavior to the complexities of verbal and nonverbal communication, including lying, and much more.
The authors of the book are Jennifer K. Robbennolt and Jean R. Sternlight. Robbennolt is a professor of law and psychology at the University of Illinois. Sternlight is a professor of law at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas Boyd School of Law and director of the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution.
Editor’s note: Review copies are available by sending an email to Katrina Krause at Katrina.Krause@americanbar.org. If you publish a review of this book, please send tearsheets or a copy for our files to Katrina Krause, American Bar Association, Book Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.
With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.