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

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  • Description

    Storytelling is the powerful persuasive advocacy tool in a trial lawyer’s arsenal. Stories help us to understand events, solve problems and connect to one another. We connect to stories and can communicate through them in a way that is ingrained in all of us. Storytelling can and should be used at every stage of representation and should not get lost in the details of testimony.

    This CLE course will explain the methodology of storytelling and how it can be used to investigate case facts, witness accounts and events, shaping evidence, create compelling evidentiary arguments, demonstration of prejudice and transform your case theory into a coherent, engaging narrative.

  • Instructor Bio

    Cathleen Bennett

    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.