A judge at the circuit court of Cook County, Illinois, Megan Goldish has responsibilities that include reviewing confidential orders and motions, researching and writing orders, and presiding over hearings in court. Judge Megan Goldish loves the theater and acknowledges how instrumental it has been to her legal work.
Many experts consider law as both an art and a science. Litigation (the process of taking legal action) requires the lawyer to perform research, make a hypothesis, and either defend that hypothesis before the court or use it to counter a colleague's argument. Studying acting can help lawyers present and understand emotions and nonverbal signals that they can use to convince the jury that their argument is the reasonable truth.
For actors to convincingly play a part, they must understand the motives of their characters. Similarly, lawyers must understand the intentions of both the prosecution and the defense to present a persuasive argument.