HEALING CAN HAPPEN WHEN WE SHARE OUR STORIES
Trauma, Trial, and Transformation. Discover true stories from those who were called to sit in the witness chair and their journey through the process and beyond. This podcast brings to light the trauma and stress caused by testifying under oath and offers a different approach one can take to prepare to take the stand and how to heal after the encounter.
Your host, Juliet Huck dovetails her 30-year career in the courtroom with her personal healing experience as a breathwork practitioner to create a unique perspective talking with witnesses, key litigators, and mental wellness professionals. As a persuasion strategist working on high proﬁle, high stakes, and billion-dollar litigation, Juliet has assisted in preparing 100s of witnesses to bravely tell their truth and has observed the distress sitting in the witness chair can cause in one’s life and its lasting effects.
Trauma, Trial, and Transformation offers a view, through a holistic lens, of ways witnesses are prepared prior to taking the stand as well as being cared for after leaving the courtroom.
Choosing to Leave the Oath Keepers
Welcome to part one of a two-part series, an explosive story about realizing you are in the wrong place at the right time. My guest, Jason Van Tatenhove, talks with me about working for the Oath Keepers and the moment he realized he was “drinking the Kool Aid”. Sharing how he reinvented himself after leaving the organization, he discussest how he went on to teach his kids that it’s ok to “mess up, but then work on making it right.” In part 2, he then leads us into what it was like to testify in front of the Jan 6th Congressional Committee.
The Intersection of the Law & Mental Illness
Litigator for 30+ years and now retired, John O’Malley speaks on behalf of NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness. He talks about trying to lift the stigma of discussing mental illness openly. John is proud of the programs NAMI offers, one of which is working to train law enforcement on identifying the signs of someone with mental illness. Juliet and John also discuss how gaining life experience helps one become better at witness prep and the importance of having empathy for those who need to take the stand.
In part two of my conversation with Scarlett Lewis she talks about locking eyes with Alex Jones while and seeing a vacancy. She quickly realized why he was doing what he was doing because “he had to fill the void that should be filled with love.” She describes how she immediately felt compassion for Alex and the moment in the courtroom that felt like they were the only two in the room. She then goes on to describe how her son’s message of Choosing Love became the theme of the trial that ultimately landed a verdict for $49 million against Jones.
Courage From My Son
For The Love of My Daughter
Lights Camera Action
Victoria Rusk: Feelings Before Fact