Trial Advocacy College: Guiding Jurors to Courageous Verdicts Using Hero-centric Story Structure, Characters, and Psychodrama with Carl Bettinger and Katlin Larimer

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Trial Advocacy College: Guiding Jurors to Courageous Verdicts Using Hero-centric Story Structure, Characters, and Psychodrama with Carl Bettinger and Katlin Larimer 

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April 4, 2013 - April 6, 2013
Hotel Monaco Denver
Denver, CO

This program teaches trial lawyers classic story structure and group formation as it relates to trial work, particularly in voir dire, opening and closing. A working, on-your-feet program, this seminar utilizes the ideas from Twelve Heroes, One Voice: Guiding Jurors to Courageous Verdicts (Trial Guides 2011), improvisational acting, classic storytelling, and psychodrama.  Participants learn some of the basic psychodramatic techniques helpful in bringing their clients’ stories alive by putting them into action in the courtroom.

Participants will learn some of the basic psychodramatic techniques helpful in bringing their clients’ stories alive by putting them into action in the courtroom. Enrollment is strictly limited to plaintiff trial lawyers. All participants will receive a copy of Twelve Heroes, One Voice: Guiding Jurors to Courageous Verdicts.

 —Render C. Freeman, Duluth, GA, 19 years in practice

—Render C. Freeman on what he learned about communicating with jurors

"This program presents invaluable experiences and the ability to understand the case that I am preparing in greater detail than I had ever imagined possible. The action associated with words and forcing oneself to put the words into actions requires a tremendous amount of energy and the expenditure of that energy is absolutely necessary in order to communicate what your case is about."
—Samuel David Abraham, Lafayette, LA, 23 years in practice

"I think the insights achieved in this program help you take your trial practice to a whole new level, if you are open to it. If you are willing to try new things, take risks, and show a little faith, I think you will develop a secret weapon you can use in every case, one the defendants will not see coming."
—Scott M. Hendler, Austin, TX, 23 years in practice

Open only to AAJ Plaintiff Members (Regular, Life, Sustaining, President’s Club, and Leaders Forum) and AAJ Paralegal Affiliates.


Thursday, April 4, 2013

Reenactment in Opening Statement (Demonstration)
Improv:  Introduction to Voice and Body
    
Hero-Centric Story Structures   Discovering the Story of a Case:  Psychodramatic Storytelling

Faculty Demonstrations: 
Trial Pieces Based on Story Discovered

Story Spine Exercises Based on Story Discovered

Breakout Session: 
Story Spine

Processing

Networking Reception

Friday, April 5, 2013      

Introduction to Basic Psychodrama and Reenactment Techniques

Two Chair Work: Climbing Inside Your Client's World

Story Clips

Breakout Session: 
Discovering Personal Stories in Action Using Psychodramatic Reenactment Techniques

Breakout Session: 
Discovering Personal Stories in Action Using Psychodramatic Reenactment Techniques

Processing

Breakout Session: 
Discovering Stories in Participant Cases

Shaping/Molding Pieces of a Case Story into Action in Opening, Closing, Direct Examination, or Cross-Examination (Demonstration and Coaching)     Breakout Session: 
Putting Cases into Action in the Courtroom

Breakout Session: 
Putting Cases into Action in the Courtroom (continued)

Processing and Final Thoughts

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