The Art of Storytelling for Lawyers: Science of storytelling, structure, uses in practice, and challenges

Deborah V. Pagnotta
Deborah V. Pagnotta | ULUstory, PBC

When Deborah was 5, her adventurous architect mother moved them from Oakland, California, to Accra, Ghana. Five years later, her mother's boss, President Kwame Nkrumah, was overthrown by a military coup.

Re-Broadcast: July 31, 2024

The Art of Storytelling for Lawyers: Science of storytelling, structure, uses in practice, and challenges

$195.00 2 hour CLE

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Program Summary

Join master storyteller, communications expert, and lawyer Deborah V. Pagnotta for a riveting two-hour journey into the art of storytelling for lawyers. Uncover the might of narrative across the legal spectrum, from corporate battlegrounds to the frontlines of environmental law, and the human stories in employment, tort, and criminal cases. We'll delve into the critical skills of uncovering, crafting, and delivering stories that build trust, make the complex simple, and captivate listeners in all parts of your practice. Learn how to deploy storytelling as a versatile tool in networking, marketing, mentoring, and beyond enhancing client relationships, sharpening negotiation tactics, and fortifying both trial strategy and appellate advocacy. This is storytelling with purpose: to build, to bond, and to win.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • Science of Storytelling
  • Structure
  • Uses in Practice
  • Challenges for Lawyers

Date / Time: July 31, 2024

  • 2:00 pm – 4:10 pm Eastern
  • 1:00 pm – 3:10 pm Central
  • 12:00 pm – 2:10 pm Mountain
  • 11:00 am – 1:10 pm Pacific

Closed-captioning available

Speakers

Deborah V. Pagnotta_FedBarDeborah V. Pagnotta | ULUstory, PBC

When Deborah was 5, her adventurous architect mother moved them from Oakland, California, to Accra, Ghana. Five years later, her mother’s boss, President Kwame Nkrumah, was overthrown by a military coup. Deborah was shipped off to a small boarding school in Europe. A year later, they moved to Los Angeles, then New Haven, then her mother sent her back to another boarding school in Europe, where she finished high school. Then, after a gap year in Detroit, she was off to Boston for college. With each move, she had to learn how to survive in a completely new culture – different languages, visuals, rules, values, even clothes, cultural references, fragrances, hairstyles. Storytelling saved her – giving her, always the stranger, the gifts of making friends, perspective shifting, and listening skills. These skills have informed all her work as an adult: as a lawyer, trainer, mediator, professor, VP/HR, and entrepreneur. Her role in each has been to helping people communicate more effectively, past barriers, to connect, persuade, teach, team build, and manage conflict. How? Using stories.

So, in 2021, she founded ULUstory, a science-based storytelling platform to help every user easily and rapidly find, build and share their true stories to create sustainable trust, empathy and connection across barriers, even with people we don’t like. How? Neuroscience tells us that true storytelling, in a very particular format, is the most powerful communication tool by which humans can forge community. 47,000 years ago, cavepeople started telling stories to overcome hostility and create collaborative societies. ULUstory marries science, tech, and creativity to give everybody that power.

Agenda

I. Science of Storytelling | 2:00pm – 2:30pm

II. Structure | 2:30pm – 3:00pm

Break | 3:00pm – 3:10pm

III. Uses in Practice | 3:10pm – 3:40pm

IV. Challenges for Lawyers | 3:40pm – 4:10pm