Improv for Lawyers Seminar Agenda

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Improv for Lawyers Seminar Agenda 

Program Information


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Friday, November 16, 2012

Registration (continental breakfast available)
8:15 – 8:45 am  

Morning Session
8:45 am – 12:00 pm 

Introduction to Improvisation (Interactive Session) (to include a 15 break) 
Being a supporting actor; checking your impulses; never entering a scene unless you are needed; saving your fellow actor, not worrying about the piece; working at the top of your brains at all times; never underestimating or condescending to your audience; not joking (unless it is tipped in front that it is a joke); trusting your fellow actors to support you and to come through if you lay something heavy on them; trusting yourself; avoiding judging what is going down except in terms of whether it needs help (either by entering or cutting) and if so what can best follow, or how you can support it imaginatively if your support is called for; listening, watching, and concentrating; not negating, denying, or asking questions; making active choices and assumptions; engaging in give and take.

How Improvisation Relates to the Practice of Law
• Truth in humor:  How improvisational comedy can help lawyers get some chops (techniques learned from Professor Steven Lubet, Northwestern University School of Law)
• Developing creativity and intuition for resolving conflicts (techniques learned from Debra Gerardi, Esq., RN, MPH)
• Using improvisation to develop conflict resolution skills (techniques learned from Debra Gerardi, Esq., RN, MPH)

Lunch (on your own)
12:00 – 1:00 pm  

Afternoon Session
1:00 – 5:00 pm  

Experiential Improvisational Exercises (to include a 15 break)
Warm-up, improv structure, interactive game structure, agreement vs. conflict, building trust, creative problem solving, and scene work

Long-Form Improvisation and Storytelling
Truth in Comedy (techniques learned from Charna Halpern & Del Close)

Debriefing and Question and Answer Session 
Did the game work as planned? If yes, what behaviors or actions made it so? If not, what kept it from working? What were the differences between the successful tries and the unsuccessful ones? What game structures best related to you as a lawyer? How did what you were thinking (your belief) affect the result (the outcome)? Where is the opportunity to change in this?

Networking Reception
5:00 – 6:00 pm  

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Continental Breakfast Available
8:15 – 9:00 am  

Morning Session
9:00 am – 1:00 pm  

Applying the Tools to Your Practice (Interactive Session) (to include a 15 break)


CLE Information
Earn approximately 12* CLE and NCA credits to be applied to your participation in the NCA's Achievement Recognition Program. For more general CLE information consult the CLE coordinator at 800.622.1791, ext. 8612.

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