Step 8.3 Resolve the conflict

In lawsuits, unlike other stories, you do not control the conflict's resolution. The judge will decide the resolution. But, having found what makes your client 'likeable' and having linked the lawsuit to the litigant's worthy goals, you will hopefully have now cued the judge to want to resolve the conflict in your favor. As for the specific resolution, you may choose to let the judge decide it for themselves:

'[T]he task is to show the audience the path to follow, moving step by step, revealing the argument and the story, but leaving them to fill in the punch line. We persuade by having them persuade themselves.'247

Or you may feel safer if you propose a specific resolution that fits your description of the character and conflict.

247 Hugh Selby, 'Arguing for Other Persuasions' (3 August 2007) Lawyers' Weekly Online (www.lawyersweekly.com.au/articles/Arguing-for-other-persuasions_z69915.htm) (accessed 20 October 2007). See also Hugh Selby, Graeme Blank, and Mark Nolan, 'Special Issue: Persuasion Part I' (2007) 9(10) ADR Bulletin 181, 182; Hugh Selby, Graeme Blank, and Mark Nolan, 'Special Issue: Persuasion Part II' (2007) 10(1) ADR Bulletin 1.

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