Derek H. Kiernan-Johnson

Derek H. Kiernan-Johnson

Derek H. Kiernan-Johnson is a teaching professor of Law at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He studies the ethics of using narrative and visual rhetoric in legal persuasion and how judges make decisions and express them in writing.


Trump’s classified-documents indictment more than allege crimes − it tells a compelling story

By: - August 24, 2023

When special counsel Jack Smith announced the charges he was bringing against former President Donald Trump for retaining government documents, he did something unusual: He invited the public to read the formal legal document, known as an indictment, detailing the allegations. And many did – concluding not only that the indictment was well-written but engaging. […]