Learning from the Master Bard: Crafting and Speaking Persuasive Arguments

December 12, 2018 | 3.75 Other CLE Credits | WSBA Activity ID #1087524

Speak the speech, I pray you! An Encore Presentation!

In this program we will learn (and practice!) how to use the skills and techniques that have been persuading people for centuries. If you have ever had a (secret?) desire to speak Shakespeare and make some of his techniques your own - here is your opportunity.


Take your arguments to the next level by learning from the best-Shakespeare. In a fun and engaging workshop we will deconstruct, speak and play with one or more of Shakespeare's master speeches. We will explore how he uses figures of speech (Antithesis, Ladders, Parallel Structure, Repetition, Little Big Words) to craft compelling and effective arguments. Besides group exercises there will be individual coaching as time permits.

This program is only available for In-Person participation.


8:00-8:30 a.m.

Registration and Coffee Service

8:30-10:30 a.m.

Construction and De-Construction of the Persuasive Argument

  • The Master Bard - Structure of master persuasive speeches drawn from Julius Caesar, Henry V, and The Merchant of Venice
  • Figures of speech - antithesis, ladders, repetition, alliteration, and asssonance
  • Speak the Speech:Partner and Group work
  • Present the first 30 seconds of an opening argument

10:30-10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Re-Construction and Application

  • Integrating figures of speech into your opening argument
  • Vocal warm-ups
  • Presentations of rewritten opening arguments
  • Individual coaching

12:30 p.m.

Evaluations and adjourn


Kimberly White empowers attorneys through dynamic, cutting edge techniques she has translated from 25+ years in the professional theater. Ms. White recently was faculty on the Seattle Public Defenders Training Academy. In March she co-presented with Joshua Karton at the Women's Advocacy Project in San Francisco. She has presented for the Washington State Association for Justice and the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, and is a faculty member/associate of Act of Communication (a trial consulting firm in Los Angeles) With Seattle attorney Mary Ruth Mann, Kimberly co-created "Compelling Voice, Compelling Story", a two-four day workshop integrating the latest teachings on developing trial story with voice & presentation skills. She has led workshops all along the west coast and in NYC. Ms. White consults with lawyers on story, witness preparation, voice & presentation.

Ms. White was recently the Text Coach on the all-female production of Coriolanus at 12th Ave Arts in Seattle, and served as Text/Voice Director at Seattle Shakespeare Company where she worked on 25+ productions. Other Shakespeare credits include: Shakespeare & Company (Lenox, Mass.), and Maryland, Lake Tahoe & Prague Shakespeare Festivals. Ms. White is one of 200 world-wide teachers trained and certified by Master Teacher Kristin Linklater in her premiere voice method, Freeing the Natural Voice.


General Registration - $125.00
Seattle U Law Alumni - $110.00

This program is only available for In-Person participation.

Cancellations and Refunds:
The last day to cancel your registration for this program is 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 5, 2018.  A $15 administrative fee is charged for cancellations and the balance will be refunded. After 1 week before the program) cancellations will not receive a refund; however, substitute attendees are welcome. Please inform us of substitutions at cle@seattleu.edu or (206) 398-4281.