Today we're taking a look at the last P in The Five Ps Model. We're exploring how to reverse the threat jury selection creates for jurors by talking about how attorneys can Prove Fairness.
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Sari de la Motte: Hey everybody. Today we're looking at the last P in The Five Ps Model. If you've been listening regularly, we've been exploring the SCARF Model, S-C-A-R-F model, from David Rock, author of Your Brain At Work, and again, that book is not about trial necessarily, but when I read about the SCARF model, I immediately saw the application to trial attorneys, and particularly to jurors.
The SCARF model says that there are five social needs that when threatened can activate the survival instinct in the brain. And so again, what we're looking at in the last several podcasts, and today's going to be the last one on fairness, is how to reverse the threat jury selection creates for jurors, because jury selection absolutely threatens them in terms of status. They don't know anyone else. They have to speak in public. The whole thing is kind of scary and fraught. It threatens them in terms of certainty. They don't know how things work, when they can leave, if they can leave, if they're chosen, how they're chosen. There's no certainty. They can't choose to not be there, so that of course threatens autonomy. As we talked about last podcast, they don't know anyone else. They don't know their fellow jurors. They don't know you. They don't know opposing counsel. They don't know the judge. And today we're going to talk about fairness, and how they believe this whole process is unfair.
Sari de la Motte is the host of "From Hostage to Hero" and has been dubbed the "Attorney Whisperer" because of her unique ability to help attorneys communicate their real selves.