Archive for applied legal story telling

Importance of Storytelling to Lawyers- DON’T START WITH ONCE UPON A TIME!

DON’T START WITH ONCE UPON A TIME AND 5 OTHER TIPS FOR BETTER GOVERNMENT STORIES A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. Can you think of a better opening line to get you invested in a story? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good way to start your government service […]

“A story is a way to say something that can’t be said any other way.”

Story-telling is virtually the oldest form of communication and in many ways is the most successful. For lawyers, this may be a very needed skill, that they’re none to familiar with. In “APPLIED LEGAL STORYTELLING, POLITICS, AND FACTUAL REALISM”,(Brian J. Foley, Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Drexel University Earl Mack School of Law), the author […]

Improv for Lawyers Podcast

CLICK HERE FOR IMPROV FOR LAWYERS PODCAST In this podcast, you will hear about the four key areas where theatrical improvisation is a great asset for lawyers for improved and enhanced legal skills: 1-Applied Legal Story telling Presentation Skills: Creating persuasive narratives. 2- Advocacy & Persuasion: Aristotle & Pathos, Logos, Ethos. 3- Playing Along: Teamwork […]

Top 10 Tips for Young Trial Lawyers

Top 10 Tips for Young Trial Lawyers by Oscar Michelen At this time of year, I always think about the new class of lawyers coming to their new jobs at the end of the summer, which also means that those who are already in their legal jobs for a few years will get slowly pushed […]


Lawyers, because of the nature of what they do, sometimes lose their moral center.

Here is some much advice from a longtime friend, great improv teacher and co-author of a soon to be published training manual, Improv for Lawyers.

Applied Legal Storytelling Skills Begin with Good Storytelling Skills

I recently attended the Applied Legal Storytelling biennial conference (this year in Seattle), where law professors gather to discuss the importance of storytelling in the legal field. My workshop was on the benefits of improv in storytelling; specifically the sense of observation, pattern recognition, the ability to share a story in a colorful and visual […]

Applied Legal Storytelling Conference July 21st-24th Seattle

The Applied Legal Storytelling Conference brings together academics, judges, and practitioners to explore the role of storytelling and narrative structures both in lawyering and in legal education. The conference has previously convened in 2007 (London), 2009 (Portland), 2011 (Denver), and 2013 (London). If you wish an answer to the question, “What is Applied Legal Storytelling?”, […]

The Quest: Where Will Your Day Take You?

Described by participants as, “completely transformational,” The Quest is an 24-hour improvisational exercise developed by Del Close in the early 1980s, during a series of workshops that he was leading in New York City. Intended to be a solo-improv exercise, The Quest encourages participants to step out into the world with the frame of mind […]

Whose Trial Is It Anyway? Using Improv To Help Lawyers ‘Present’ More Effectively

By Jeffrey Krivis, First Mediation Corporation Picture a group of 30 trial lawyers in an almost empty room, loudly chanting, ‘Big Booty, Big Booty, Big Booty!’ Now imagine a pair of them trying to have a conversation without using the letter ‘S’. How about two of them vying for the attention of a third by, […]

Improv for Lawyers Podcast

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Improvisational Theater Skills for Lawyers