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Communication in the Courtroom
featuring Carl Grant
presented by
The South Carolina Bar-Continuing Legal Education Division
Live at the
Bar Conference Center
1501 Park Street
Columbia, SC 29202
Video-CLE sites statewide: Anderson, Charleston, Greenville,
Myrtle Beach and Spartanburg
About the Seminar
This program qualifies for 6.25 MCLE credit hours, including up to 1.0 hour of LEPR.
This live seminar, now in its 10th year, has been accredited in over 25 states. Presenter Carl Grant has a Washington Teaching Certificate and is certified to teach Speech, Philosophy and English.  He has an extensive background in logic and debate.  Currently he is a full-time speaker and seminar leader.

During this program you will learn (how to):
·       Improve your presence
·       Build credibility with delivery
·       Project desired attitudes
·       Handle the hostile witness
·       Timing and pace
·       Convince skeptics
·       Defuse difficult situations
·       Determine effect of personality
·       Build rapport
·       Reading the jury
·       Detecting witness deception
The ethics section is comprised of four elements: 
1) Exploring the nexus between integrity and effective trial advocacy
2) A review of some of the requirements for accurate and truthful communication to the judge, opposing counsel and the client
3) A discussion of the way in which the mode of presentation and delivery affect accuracy
4) An argument for Natural Law ethics, as opposed to a relativistic view of ethics

Program Agenda

8:30 a.m.         Registration

8:50 a.m.         Welcome and Opening Announcements

9:00 a.m.         Shortened Attention Spans and the Legal Environment
                         Personality Assessment and Discussion
                         Using Personal Strength
                         Minimizing Foibles
                         Communication Devices       

10:15 a.m.       Break

10:30 a.m.       Making Points in a Credible and Memorable Way

                        Maintaining Minimal Stress Levels In Trial
                        Group Interaction
                        Perceptual Contrast
                        Organizing Opening Statements & Closing Arguments  

12:15p.m.        Lunch

1:15 p.m.         Handling Witnesses

                        Detecting Witness Deception
                        Projecting Desired Attitude
                        Pace and Timing                                                               

2:30 p.m.         Break

2:45 p.m.         Vocal Variety, Gestures and Eye Contact

                         Effective Use of Notes
                         Practice and Feedback
                         Use of Narrative Form
                         Interacting with Opposing Counsel
                         Building Relations with Judge and Jury
                         Improving Presence

3:45 p.m.         Ethics and Legal Communication                                    

4:45 p.m.         Adjourn                      


About the Speaker

Carl Grant has been providing live MCLE seminars for 10 years. He is a professional speaker and comedian.
He has undergraduate degrees in English and Speech, and a Master’s degree in Philosophy. He has extensive teaching and coaching experience. His clients include:

  • The International Society of Barristers
  • The Associated Counsel for the Accused
  • Commercial Law League
  • Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Boeing
  • IBM
  • USA Today
He also has appeared on “Late Night with David Letterman,” The British Broadcasting Company II, howtime,
and National Public Radio.

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