As I thought about the hypothetical situations posed for consideration by this symposium, I envisioned distinct individuals in context, speaking particular words. I decided to write the initial consultation out as a dialogue to see what happened to the ideas and the interactions as these three, the lawyer, husband, and wife, explored them. I, thus, chose to turn a hypothetical into a real situation. By selecting this format, I was only able to focus on the first hypothetical. This one was perhaps the most challenging for me personally. As a feminist and a family law lawyer, I have struggled and frequently counseled others, particularly women, to avoid voluntary or involuntary submission to the will or charms of others. I make no pretense that the following conversation is a model to be followed by others. It is one narrative of what might occur. I invite the reader to imagine himself or herself in this setting and to consider how he or she might handle it differently.
Raven Lidman, The Power of Narrative: Listening to the Initial Client Interview, 22 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 17 (1998).