NarrativePros, through both its training and ShowCource CLEs, has collaborated with the Guthrie since 2008. Central to the collaboration’s vision is the kind of engagement and “mutual enhancement” for the legal and corporate communities outline in the article.
For many lawyers, CLE is an annual obligation evoking long-winded days spent in uninspired classrooms. The Guthrie, however, seeks to deliver CLE to attorneys in innovative and engaging ways. With both live and online offerings in partnership with ShowCourse (headed by attorney and actor Chris Carlson), The Guthrie’s CLE courses address abstract legal issues through staged readings of scenes from plays and actual legal transcripts…
Intersecting the arts and law offers opportunities for growth and mutual enhancement for those in both fields. From classes and symposiums to engaging in ongoing dialogue with business professionals, The Guthrie’s efforts continue to search for, and find, the best practices for executing arts-based learning in the Minneapolis community.
It all sounds a bit dramatic, but the Guthrie Theater and West LegalEdcenter have teamed up to stage an elimination-of-bias CLE on themes relating to immigration law and religion. The March 25 program will incorporate live performance, lecture and panel discussion.
I haven’t even finished my first year of law school and I’m already attending CLE events!
Next Tuesday I’m going to my first CLE event on womens’ issues and discrimination. There is an official press release, but I like the description from the live webcast better1:
Despite progress, evidence of gender disparity remains. Yet female professionals from all disciplines wield power in shifting societal perception through their ability to control their own narratives. This webcast examines the impact female role models in theater, society and law can have on gender bias.
Actors from the world renown Guthrie Theater will provide staged readings of these mothers’ stories as told to us in our recently completed NIJ-funded study. These readings will be interspersed with commentary by leading scholars in law and social science. It should be an important and meaningful learning event.
We always knew the best litigators could act.
Now, in a national premiere, the Guthrie Theater and West LegalEdcenter are taking continuing legal education to the stage with “Merchants of Faith: Bias in the Litigation of Religious Belief.”
Press Release – MINNEAPOLIS, May 3, 2013
GUTHRIE CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION CLASSES FOR ATTORNEYS AVAILABLE NOW FOR REGISTRATION
CLE CREDIT DEADLINES APPROACHING FOR MANY ATTORNEYS: GUTHRIE CLE PROGRAMS OFFER ENGAGING AND STIMULATING PROGRAMS FOR CREDIT
LIVE AND ONLINE COURSES BRING THEMES AND TECHNIQUES FROM THE WORLD OF THEATER TO LEGAL PRACTICE
(Minneapolis/St. Paul) With deadlines fast approaching for many attorneys to compile the annual Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits required by the Minnesota Bar Association, the Guthrie Theater today announced a new live CLE, “Taking Center Stage: Issues, Techniques and Ethical Pitfalls of Winning Legal ‘Performances.’” This new course draws upon the common experience of lawyers and actors in their day-to-day utilization of the art of storytelling, and focuses on the need to develop this skill set through practical approaches to creating compelling and effective narratives in legal practice using insights from the world of the stage. This live CLE presented at the Guthrie Theater will be offered each Friday from May 17 to June 14 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
While the realm of the CLE class for many attorneys is a matter of annual obligation and frequently associated with uninspired classroom experiences, the Guthrie’s collaboration with ShowCourse™ brings innovative and engaging Continuing Legal Education to attorneys. With live and online offerings, these courses address abstract legal issues such as ethics or elimination of bias through educational tools such as staged readings of scenes from plays as well as actual legal transcripts.
ShowCourse is an affiliate of NarrativePros, LLC, based in Minneapolis, MN, providing training for corporate and professional executives. Utilizing the skills developed in the theater, ShowCourse incorporates a story-centric approach to training while bringing first-class artistic process and production quality to its CLE courses. Online CLEs available through ShowCourse include live moderation. Topics available include Racial Equality in American Voting Rights, the Role of Racial Profiling in the Drafting, Execution and Enforcement of Law, and Challenging Gender Bias: Positive Role Models in Theater, Society and Law.
Guthrie Theater Live CLE — Register Now
Taking Center Stage:
Issues, Techniques and Ethical Pitfalls of Winning Legal “Performances”
This course proceeds on the fundamental premise that professionals from diverse disciplines–attorneys and actors–spend their careers immersed in the art of storytelling. In partnership with the Guthrie Theater, ShowCourse brings these professionals together to share the practical skills and approaches they rely on to create compelling and effective narratives both in construction and delivery.
Location: Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN
When: Fridays, May 17, 24, 31, June 7, 14
Time: 2 – 5 p.m. (check-in starts at 1:30 p.m.)
Tuition: $300 per participant
Credits: 3.0 (1.0 Ethics / 2.0 General)
To register please go to ShowCourse.com<http://showcourse.com/project/taking-center-stage/>
Questions please contact LilyS@GuthrieTheater.org<mailto:LilyS@GuthrieTheater.org>
Online Courses Now Available for Registration at ShowCourse:
A Race to Vote: The Marathon of Seeking Racial Equality in American Voting Rights
2.0 Elimination of Bias credits
Please register at ShowCourse.com<http://showcourse.com/project/a-race-to-vote/> to view program
Acting on Appearances: The Role of Racial Profiling in the Drafting, Execution and Enforcement of Law
2.5 Elimination of Bias credits
Please register at ShowCourse.com<http://showcourse.com/project/acting-on-appearances/> to view program
Con Men, Charlatans and Conspirators: Will Attorneys soon see their own “Madoff”?
2.0 Ethics credits
Please register at ShowCourse.com<http://showcourse.com/project/con-men-charlatans-conspirators/> to view program
Challenging Gender Bias: Positive Role Models in Theater, Society and Law
2.0 Elimination of Bias credits
Please register at ShowCourse.com<http://showcourse.com/project/challenging-gender-bias/> to view program
Corruption Junction: The Ethical Intersection of Law, Politics, and Human Nature
2.0 Ethics credits
Please register at ShowCourse.com<http://showcourse.com/project/corruption-junction/> to view program
Merchants of Faith: Bias in the Litigation of Religious Belief
2.0 Elimination of Bias credits
Please register at ShowCourse.com<http://showcourse.com/project/merchants-of-faith/> to view program
Objects of Desire, Derision and Deceit: The Role of Law in Gender Bias
2.0 Elimination of Bias credits
Please register at ShowCourse.com<http://showcourse.com/project/objects-desire-derision-deceit/> to view program
The GUTHRIE THEATER (Joe Dowling, Director) was founded by Sir Tyrone Guthrie in 1963 and is an American center for theater performance, production, education and professional training. The Tony Award-winning Guthrie Theater is dedicated to producing the great works of dramatic literature, developing the work of contemporary playwrights and cultivating the next generation of theater artists. With annual attendance of nearly 500,000 people, the Guthrie Theater presents a mix of classic plays and contemporary work on its three stages. Under the artistic leadership of Joe Dowling since 1995, the Guthrie continues to set a national standard for excellence in theatrical production and performance. In 2006, the Guthrie opened its new home on the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the Guthrie Theater houses three state-of-the-art stages, production facilities, classrooms and dramatic public lobbies. www.guthrietheater.org<http://www.guthrietheater.org/>
Press Release – MINNEAPOLIS, April 14, 2012
NarrativePros Produces “Clients Gone Wild” Outrageous F-Bomb Case Reenacted with SAG Actors for Attorneys Seeking Engaging CLE Credits.
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Dull? Not so with Narrative Pros’ ShowCourse CLE new production line.
Professional actors bring an outrageously real legal transcript to life as only expert storytellers can in “Clients Gone Wild”; an accredited CLE offered by NarrativePros’ ShowCourse CLE unique program.
In a world where lawyers are forced to take hours of continuing legal education credits from professionals with lackluster presentation skills, NarrativePros offers entertaining and engaging movie production quality accredited CLE courses.
The first ShowCourse CLE production, “Clients Gone Wild”, is based on the outrageous actual deposition of a CEO who swore profusely, dropping the f-word 77 times.
The case HTFC v. GMAC went viral after a federal judge handed the CEO of a mortgage finance company (and his attorney!) a nearly $30,000 fine for his conduct over twelve hours and two days of deposition.
In tribute to the antagonist’s innate flair for the dramatic, NarrativePros enlisted Hollywood storytelling technique with members of the Screen Actors Guild and award winning producers re-enacting choice deposition selections in full hi-def. cinematic splendor.
“These actors are Fantastically, Funny and For Real – how about that for f-bombs. I never thought I would say this – but I didn’t want this course to end!” said a recent recipient of the “Clients Gone Wild” CLE credit.
“Loved it, plus I used my iPhone to watch your CLE. Thank you – ShowCourse; Keep them coming”– Said another recent registrant.
Accompanying the re-enactments, an illustrious panel of legal and psychological experts serves as the voice of reason. Perspectives, insight, and practical tips shift from a judge (Judge Jack Nordby) to a litigator (Joe Friedberg) and even a psychologist (Dr. Kelly Wilson) in an effort to explain the behavior of the parties involved.
This is the first of many CLE courses that president and founder of NarrativePros, Chris Carlson plans to produce in the upcoming months. “We call these productions a ShowCourse™ which is a CLE that is equal parts movie and moderated panel discussion,” explains Chris.
Believing in a story-centric approach to training, NarrativePros turns an otherwise boring compulsory online legal course into an engaging examination of human interaction–what it’s meant to be. “Instead of talking about the issues, these courses show them.”
Carlson an actor himself, is an attorney, adjunct professor and a teaching artist with the Guthrie Theater. Chris will be managing the production of the artistic content, while his business associate, Mary McMahon, also an attorney, will be the Director of Business Operations and Distribution of the ShowCourse™ CLEs.
NarrativePros, based in Minneapolis, Minn., provides training for corporate and professional executives. Utilizing the skills developed in the theater, they incorporate a story-centric approach to training while bringing first-class artistic process and production quality to its ShowCourse™ CLE courses. For more information, visit www.narrativepros.com.