This innovative, entertaining, award-winning, multi-media presentation will teach lawyers:
The key perceptual problems which keep jurors from comprehending and remembering evidence;
The 12 reasons attorneys should present the case in a visual way;
The effect television has on the way jurors learn;
The most important element of a visual;
The different ways to craft and present effective visuals;
The effect emotion and human motivation have on juror comprehension;
The importance of repetition in trials and the ways that lawyers can repeat facts
without boring the jury and without being stymied by objections that questions were “asked and answered”;
How and when to use movement to grab the attention of the jurors;
How lawyers humanize technical issues for the jury;
The use of primacy at trials and the 7 psychological reasons that primacy works;
The reasons attorneys use storytelling at trials;
How attorneys can use acting imagination exercises to develop their trial themes and witness questions;
How attorneys can use acting exercises to find the right tone and gestures for openings and summations;
How and to what extent lawyers should use their own emotions in presenting the case;
How lawyers can conduct voir dire in a respectful, non-salesman-like way and elicit details about the jurors’ values and life experiences while subtly advocating for their client’s cause; and much more.
Labe M. Richman, a trained actor, preeminent (AV rated) trial attorney and former adjunct professor of law, has lectured at the Natiaonal Institute for Trial Advocacy, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Rutgers Law School,
Cardozo Law School, Seton Hall Law School, the Office of the Capital Defender, New York County
Lawyers’ Association, the New York State Bar Association and the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. He also taught trial advocacy at New York Law School. He graduated, cum laude, from Cardozo Law School, where he served on the Law Review. He was a faculty member of the Cardozo Intensive Trial Advocacy Program and Criminal Appeals Clinic, was a contributing author to Matthew Bender’s Criminal Defense Techniques and has published articles on trial practice in the New York Law Journal. He is also a graduate of the the National Institute for Trial
Advocacy’s Teacher Training at Harvard. This course, aimed at both civil and criminal attorneys, recently won the
Innovative Program Award from the NY County Lawyers’ Association CLE Institute.
The New York State CLE Board in the past has approved this course for 5.5 hours of CLE credit in the area of Skills. If the course is ordered an application for credit will be made.
Financial assistance available for those with a financial hardship
For more information about Mr. Richman’s teaching experience, click on “Prior Lectures” above.
Bibliography for Trial Communication Techniques
by Labe M. Richman, Attorney at Law
I. Trial Techniques and Juror Psychology
1. Ball, David. Theatre Tips and Strategies for Jury Trials. National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 1997
2. Bennett, Cathy E. and Robert Hirschhorn, Bennett’s Guide to Jury Selection and Trial Dynamics. West Publishing, 1993.
3. Hamlin, Sonya. What Makes Juries Listen Today. Glasser Legal Works, 1998 (Highly Recommended).
4. Hoenig, Michael, Jury Trial Innovations, The New York Law Journal, November 9, 1998, p. 6.
5. Lubet, Steven. The Opening Moment. 43 Def. Law J. 1-42, Spring, 1992.
6. Miller, Nina. Mastering the Mindsets, Skills, and Techniques That Get Jurors to Talk. Mouthpiece. Vol. 11, No. 1, p. 13, (January/February 1998).
7. Pozner, Larry S. and Roger Dodd, Cross-Examination: Science and Techniques. The Michie Company, 1993.
8. Rieke, Richard and Randall Stutman. Communication in Legal Advocacy. University of South Carolina Press, 1990.
9. Richman, Labe M., May Jurors Questions Witnesses, The New York Law Journal, October 25, 2003, p. 4.
10. Richman, Labe M., Opening Within the Rules, The New York Law Journal, July 17, 2003, pp. 4, 6.
11. Spence, Gerry. How to Argue and Win Every Time. St. Martin’s Press, 1995.
12. Siemer, Rothchild, Stein, & Solomon, PowerPoint for Litigators: How to Create Effective Illustrative Aids and Demonstrative Exhibits for Trial, Mediation, Arbitration, and Appeal, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 2000 (Highly Recommended).
13. Vinson, Donald and David Davis. Jury Persuasion: Psychological Strategies and Trial Techniques. Glasser Legal Works, 1996.
II. Acting and Voice
14. Berry, Cecily. Voice and the Actor. Collier Books, 1973.
15. Ball, David. Theatre Tips and Strategies for Jury Trials, supra.
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17. Gordon, Mel. The Stanislavsky Technique. Applause, 1987.
18. Stanislavsky, Constantin. An Actor Prepares. Routledge, 1989.
III. Miscellaneous: Advertising, Presentations, Psychology
19. Faber, Adele and Elaine Mazlish. How To Talk So Kids Will Listen, How to Listen So Kids Will Talk. Avon, 1980 (Highly Recommended).
20. Gallwey, Timothy and Bob Kriegel. Inner Skiing. Bantam, 1991 (Highly Recommended).
21. Hoff, Ron. I Can See You Naked. Andrews and McMeel, 1992 (Book on Presentations).
22. Lyons, John. Guts: Advertising from the Inside Out. Amacom, 1987.
23. Reeves, Rosser. Reality in Advertising. Alfred A. Knopf, 1981