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PHONE: 212 431 2868
EMAIL: rsherwin@nyls.edu
Legal Storytelling
Visual Communication 
Richard K. Sherwin is the Wallace Stevens Professor of Law, Dean for Faculty Scholarship, and Director of the Visual Persuasion Project at New York Law School. He is an expert on the multiple connections that link law and culture, focusing in particular on legal storytelling and visual communication.

Noted commentary on Errol Morris’ documentary / docudrama “The Thin Blue Line (“postmodern theme”)

Selected book reviews: TDR: The Drama Review, Volume 58, Number 1, Spring 2014 (T221), pp. 171-173 (article reviewing Visualizing Law in the Age of the Digital Baroque)

Goodreads: visualizing-law-in-the-age-of-the-digital-baroque

Digital Life and Leaning

Review of When Law Goes Pop - 

Noted Publication on Law and Neuroscience

PBS (“Inside the Law”), nationally syndicated law program broadcast February 8, 1997 panel discussion with Alan Pakula, film director and producer (To Kill A Mockingbird, Presumed Innocence, The Pelican Brief) and others on the relationship between law, culture, and film.

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Wallace Stevens Professor of Law; Dean for Faculty Scolarship; Director, Visual Persuasion Project
New York Law School
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CONTACT Richard Sherwin:

PHONE: 212 431 2868
EMAIL: rsherwin@nyls.edu
Professional Consultant/ Expert Witness

Richard K. Sherwin is the Wallace Stevens Professor of Law, Dean for Faculty Scholarship, and Director of the Visual Persuasion Project at New York Law School. He is an expert on the multiple connections that link law and culture, focusing in particular on legal storytelling and visual communication.

Prof. Sherwin gained nationwide attention with his well-received book, When Law Goes Pop: The Vanishing Line between Law and Popular Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2000 [2002]) which explores the two-way street between law and popular culture.

His most recent book, Visualizing Law in the Age of the Digital Baroque: Arabesques & Entanglements (Routledge 2011) explores the interpenetration of law and the visual throughout the history of modern culture up through the current era, which he calls the age of the digital baroque.

Prof. Sherwin's edited volumes include Law, Culture and Visual Studies [co-edited with Anne Wagner] (Springer 2013), Popular Culture and Law (Ashgate, The International Library of Law and Society, 2006), and the forthcoming volume Law and the History of Modern Culture [co-edited with Danielle Celermajer] (Bloomsbury 2015).

He has written numerous articles and chapters. Recent works include: “Law in the Flesh: Tracing Legitimation’s Origin to ‘The Act of Killing,'” No Foundations: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Law and Justice No. 11 (June 2014); “Law as Performance: Presence and Simulation Inside the Theater/Courtroom”] Revue Communications, Paris, no. (2013); “Visual Jurisprudence,” New York Law School Law Review Symposium Issue on “Visualizing Law in the Digital Age” (Fall 2012) vol. 57/1; “Constitutional Purgatory: Shades and Presences Inside the Courtroom,” in Leif Dahlberg, ed. Visualizing Law and Authority (Walter de Gruyter 2012); and “Imagining Law as Film: Representation without Reference?” in Austin Sarat, Matthew Anderson, Catherine Frank eds., Introduction to Law and the Humanities, (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

In 2001, Prof. Sherwin began teaching Visual Persuasion in the Law, the first course in the nation to teach students about the role, efficacy, and pitfalls of using visual evidence and visual advocacy in contemporary legal practice. Working in the Law School¹s digital media lab, students in this course create short documentary films pertaining to a legal topic or controversy.

In 2005, Prof. Sherwin launched the Visual Persuasion Project website, the first and to date only website dedicated to showcasing ‘best practices’ in the visual litigation field. The Project seeks to promote visual literacy among lawyers, judges, law students, and the lay public by cultivating a better understanding of visual communication practices.

In 2013, Prof. Sherwin was awarded the Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair in Law and Literature at McGill University under the auspices of McGill Law School and the Institute for the Public Life of Art and Ideas and was in residence during the spring 2014 semester.

He received a Humanities Research Centre Fellowship and served most of July 2014 as Visiting Research Fellow at the Research School of Humanities and the Arts, College of Arts and Social Sciences at Australia National University in Canberra, Australia.

A frequent public speaker both in the United States and abroad, Prof. Sherwin is a regular commentator for television, radio, and print media on the relationship between law, culture, film, and digital media. His appearances include NBC’s Today Show, Court TV, WNET, National Public Radio, RTE Radio 1 (National Public Radio in Ireland) and CKUT (Montreal, Canada) and Jeremiah Zagar’s highly acclaimed documentary film “Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart” (HBO 2014).


Criminal Procedure: Adjudication
Visual Persuasion in the Law
Information Law

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