What Can Lawyers Learn From Actors? ℠ Series
THE ART OF ADVOCACY
Facilitated by Alan Blumenfeld and Katherine James
Attorneys and actors share a common mission … to create a riveting drama that demands the listener’s attention and directs the listener’s point of view to convince him or her of the story’s desired outcome! Persuasion is the point of every word the actor and the lawyer speaks. A performance comes alive when the actor or lawyer connects deeply with an audience through a masterful command of evocative language, human emotion and skillful pacing … resulting in an ovation for the actor … a decisive WIN for the attorney. Presented in three sessions – webcast attendees join a workshop that offers concrete solutions to courtroom “performance” and presentation challenges.
SESSION I: Acting Like a Human Being: Demeanor and Skills in Storytelling (Opening and Closing). Attendees learn the elements of storytelling and how to create and deliver "telegrams" -- ten word messages from lawyer to juror. Attendees learn how to explore and use their own personal demeanors for sharing the client’s story in the courtroom.
SESSION II: Actor/Playwright Meets Lawyer: Inflection, Orchestration and Meter (Closing Argument) Through written and performance exercises and observation, attendees learn meter and rhythm in language and the importance of the three primary delivery inflections … falling, rising and sustaining and how to apply them to closing argument.
SESSION III: Directing the Trial: Skills in Questioning and Controlling Focus (Direct and Cross) In this portion of the program, the viewer learns how to not only control the focus of the jurors, but also how to control the witness in both direct and cross examination. Through watching the participants and watching through the eyes of the witness and the juror, the attorney learns what it feels like to be in those places in the courtroom in order to get a greater understanding of how to control those who sit in those places. The rising inflection (the questioning inflection) is also briefly reviewed and viewers are able to observe additional examples.
Alan Blumenfeld and Katherine James will take questions during a live Chat Room discussion following to close the program.