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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June 21, 2012 - June 23, 2012
Westin New Orleans Canal Place
New Orleans, LA

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


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Registration (Continental Breakfast Available)
8:30 – 9:00 am 

Morning Session
9:00 am – 1:00 pm 

Improv:  An Introduction to Voice and Body

Improv exercises to warm up voice and body: As lawyers, our courtroom tools are our voice and our bodies. Of the five ways of communicating (spacework (i.e., engaging in a particular physical activity); movement; emotion; character; and words), lawyers tend to ignore all but words. These exercises will help the participants understand the power of non-verbal communication and to better understand the use of movement in the sacred space that is a courtroom.

Hero-centric Story Structures

Hero-centric story structure: The key to trial is story, but in order to understand how to tell a client’s story, the lawyer must first understand the component parts to classic herocentric story structure, as well as the character archetypes in such stories. This part of the course will focus on teaching the participants the nature of three act story structure (ordinary world, new world, climax and return), how the various parts of trial fit within that structure, how to paint the various characters in the case so that the jury will understand them to be Villain, Victim, Mentor or Hero, which, ultimately, is the role of the jurors. We will then transition to discovering the story in action, then to action-techniques for structuring the story.

Lunch (on your own)
1:00 – 2:00 pm 

Afternoon Session
2:00 – 5:30 pm 

Show the Jury:  Storytelling in Action

Story telling exercises in action: This part of the course is designed to show the participants how to discover the stories in their cases through dramatic reenactment techniques that bring the stories alive, thereby not only discovering the stories, but providing the participants with material that can be shown to the jury, as opposed to just told.

Reenactment in an Opening Statement (Demonstration)

Introduction to Basic Psychodrama and Reenactment Techniques

Networking Reception
5:30 – 6:30 pm 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Continental Breakfast Available
8:30 – 9:00 am 

Morning Session
9:00 am – 1:00 pm 

Jury Bias

Discovering Personal Stories in Action Using Psychodramatic Techniques

 Breakout Sessions:  Reenactment Skills—Putting Personal Stories into Action

Break out sessions for individual training in small group settings on reenactment skills used to put personal stories into action.

Lunch (on your own)
1:00 – 2:00 pm 

Afternoon Session
2:00 – 5:30 pm  

 Breakout Sessions:  Reenactment Skills—Putting Personal Stories into Action (continued)

Break out sessions for individual training in small group settings on reenactment skills used to putting personal stories into action.

Discovering the Story of an Actual Case Using Psychodramatic and Reenactment Techniques

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Continental Breakfast Available
8:30 – 9:00 am 

Morning Session
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Using Storytelling Techniques from an Actual Case

Storytelling techniques using case-story discovered yesterday afternoon.

Shaping/Molding Pieces of a Case Story into Action in Opening, Closing, Direct Examination or Cross-Examination (Demonstration and Coaching)

Examples in big group of how to put pieces of case story into action in Opening/Closing, or Direct/Cross.

 Breakout Sessions:  Putting Cases into Action in the Courtroom

Break out sessions for individual training in small group settings on putting cases into action in courtroom.

Lunch (on your own)
1:00 – 2:00 pm 

Afternoon Session
2:00 – 4:00 pm 

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

Processing and Final Thoughts

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