December 10, 2012: An article published in the New York Law School Law Review by Jessica Silbey (Suffolk Univ. Law School), Images in/of Law, 57 N.Y.L. Sch. L. Rev. 171 (2012-2013), was cited in an essay in the Minnesota Lawyer titled Remember: Lawyers (and Judges) Are Word People by Ami C. Janda.
Jessica Silbey, in her article “Images in/of Law,” in the New York Law School Law Review, notes that, exactly as novelists, “lawyers and judges are word people … We might use chalk to diagram a room or a chase. We might use photographs to identify suspects. But the nuts and bolts of law study and practice are words, not pictures … lawyers and judges (ironically enough) believe images are less precise than words. We are uncomfortable with the maxim that ‘a picture is worth a thousand words.’ Which words? And how can I shape them, direct them, cross-examine them?”