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Beyond Storytelling: Using a Story Lens to Improve Fact Investigation, Case Theory, Evidentiary Arguments & Preservation

SKU: SKL5900PD
Total Credits
1 - 1.2
Price$50
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Description

As trial lawyers, storytelling is our most powerfully persuasive advocacy tool. Stories connect us to one another, help us to understand events, and solve problems. The instinct to communicate through story is so deeply and universally ingrained in the human condition that it seems encoded in our DNA.

Yet we sometimes miss opportunities to communicate persuasively because we get lost in the weeds of facts, evidence and legal issues. Storytelling can be used at every stage of your representation to get better results. Use story methodology to: investigate case facts, events and witness accounts; shape the evidence; create compelling evidentiary arguments that also demonstrate the unfair prejudice of a ruling against your client; and transform the case theory into a coherent, engaging and convincing narrative.

Lecturer Bio

Cathleen L. Bennett, Esq.

Cathleen L. Bennett is an Assistant Training Director for the National Association for Public Defense, and a training and trial consultant. Cathy recently moved to Anchorage, Alaska from Boston, Massachusetts where she was a public defender with the Committee for Public Counsel Services (the Massachusetts Statewide Public Defender) for 30 years. She was the Criminal Defense Training Director at CPCS for 17 years.

As a trial lawyer trial lawyer in the CPCS Public Defender Division, she defended clients charged with murder and other serious felonies. Cathy is on the faculty and the Board of Regents of the National Criminal Defense College. She is a Core Faculty member of Gideon’s Promise, which was the subject of the award-winning HBO documentary “Gideon’s Army,” and she has taught for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and criminal defense training programs across the country.

She received the Thurgood Marshall Award from the Committee for Public Counsel Services in 2007, the Scholar-Mentor Award from Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE) in 2008, the Outstanding Faculty Award in 2011 and the Stephen B. Bright Award in 2018 from Gideon’s Promise, and the Gideon Award from the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in 2017.



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