Select morning program only or full day program including afternoon workshop!
December 6, 2012
Whether in the courtroom or the boardroom, all lawyers must overcome the anxiety of the spoken word to win over a client or defeat an opponent. However, women lawyers face unique challenges when communicating verbally, including societal pressure not to be overly aggressive, and gendered communications habits (ie. submissive body language and patterns of speech) that undercut authority. Don’t miss this exciting new program featuring lawyer, author and professor of oral advocacy, Molly Bishop Shadel. In the morning, Professor Shadel will use lecture, video examples and interactive exercises to demonstrate the gender traps that many women encounter when communicating verbally, and provide a step by step approach for improving verbal communication skills in the future. Topics include:
Participants who select full day registration will also participate in an afternoon advocacy skills building workshop with Professor Shadel. Please note that afternoon workshop enrolment is limited, and advance preparation is required. Whether you are a novice or veteran practitioner, this dynamic, entertaining program will arm you with proven strategies to increase your confidence, and make you a more effective advocate for your clients.
This program is designed for female lawyers from all practice areas who are interested in honing their public speaking and advocacy skills.
8:30 am - Registration and light breakfast
9:00 am - Welcome and introductory remarks
9:15 am - Fundamentals of effective verbal persuasion
10:15 am - Break
10:30 am - Emotional engagement
12:00 pm - Morning wrap up and evaluation Lunch (afternoon workshop only)
1:00 pm - Advocacy skills-building workshop
2:30 pm - Break
2:45 pm - Advocacy skills-building workshop
4:30 pm - Workshop wrap up and evaluation
Meet your Presenter
Molly Bishop Shadel is a professor of oral advocacy and public speaking at the University of Virginia School of Law. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with an A.B. in English and American literature and language. She earned her law degree from Columbia University, where she served as a Note Editor for the Columbia Law Review and was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Shadel clerked for the Hon. Eugene H. Nickerson, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York. She practiced law in the litigation department of Covington & Burling in the Washington and New York offices, and also in the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Intelligence Policy and Review, where she represented the United States on terrorism-related matters before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. She joined the faculty at the University of Virginia in 2004. Prior to attending law school, Shadel studied theater at Northwestern University’s M.F.A. directing program and directed plays professionally in New York. She is the co-author (with Robert N. Sayler) of the book Tongue-Tied America: Reviving the Art of Verbal Persuasion (Aspen Publishers, Spring 2011). Professor Shadel is a frequent lecturer and presenter for law schools, law firms, bar associations and continuing legal education providers across North America.
Alberta lawyers may count their attendance at this program towards completion of their annual professional development plan.
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