Female Trial Advocacy Program

Vision:

Female trial attorneys face unique challenges and have certain needs that are not currently being sufficiently addressed through available CLE programs. The purpose of FTAP is to focus with particularity upon these issues by using female trial model instructors to teach female attorneys. By the conclusion of the course, the students will have learned and developed skills that will give them more confidence and personal power in their ability to try a case.

Course Theme:

Persona – "Persona" is the essence of the character that the attorney plays in trial. Most probably, a young female won’t be able to pull off a "wise uncle" or folksy Davey Crockett persona. So what is it? This question will be asked throughout the course until the attorney can answer that question.

Voice – There are general and common speech issues that undermine the efforts of female trial attorneys. We will harness a fuller spectrum of the female voice and learn to better choose our words.

The Feminine Mystique – In trial, if we are overwhelmed by data and logic and outlines and charts, we will miss the opportunity to "feel" our way through a case. Throughout the course, we will subtly raise the power of this principle and urge participants to stay in touch with and build up this skill set.

There are general and common speech issues that undermine the efforts of female trial attorneys. We will harness a fuller spectrum of the female voice and learn to better choose our words.

Judith Shan is a voice and communication specialist who provides hands on training during FTAP sessions. Judith has been a Senior Lecturer in the University of Washington's School of Drama since 1990 and its School of Business since 2001. Judith has worked for 25 years with theater and acting groups. Click here for details.

Means:

The program is geared to provide a relatively intense, hands on but time efficient means of learning trial advocacy skills. This will be accomplished by an initial orientation and seminar session that will explore the core elements of the class. Expectations of participants will be addressed: commitment, homework, additional (but not mandatory) voice class. Small group sessions then follow, meeting three separate times for three hours every other week for a total span of six weeks duration. The three sessions are: 1) Opening; 2) Witness examination; 3) Closing.

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