Oral Advocacy: Presence, Power & Persuasion

November 01, 2019 | 3.75 Other CLE Credits | WSBA Activity ID #1111771

Communicating persuasively is critical in the courtroom and throughout your practice. This course will give you insight and tools to be at your best as a communicator.


Participants will practice and develop:

  • Physical presence: gesture, posture, movement, and ownership of space and time
  • Vocal dynamics & presence: resonance, clarity, warmth, volume, Inflection & emphasis, and pace; 
  • How to connect with an audience, through eye contact, phrasing, timing, and emphasis.
  • Ways to begin your speech
  • Session includes individual coaching and feedback

Instructor Kimberly White empowers attorneys through dynamic and cutting edge techniques that she brings from 25+ years in the professional theater.  In March Ms. White was faculty at the Ultimate Trial Advocacy Course at Harvard.  Ms. White has presented and lead trainings with the Seattle Public Defenders Training Academy, WSAJ, Women's Advocacy Project in San Francisco, Consumer Attorneys Association of LA, among others.  Ms. White is one of only 200 world-wide teachers trained and certified by Master Teacher Kristin Linklater in her premiere voice method, Freeing the Natural Voice. 

This program is available for in-person participation only.


8:00-  8:30 a.m.

and Coffee Service

8:30- 10:15 a.m.

Stage Presence in the Courtroom - Improving Your Confidence

The "non-verbal" skills of persuasive, dynamic communication

  • Your Natural Resonant Voice
  • Align your Body language with your message
  • Rapport: Connecting with your audience

10:15-10:30 a.m.


10:30 am.-12:30 p.m.

Effective Communication Skills in the Courtroom - Practical Application

Up on your feet!

  • Get the juices flowing- Group Improvisation
  • Individual coaching with group feedback
  • Closure

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 AAJ Ultimate TriaI Advocacy Course at Harvard. Kimberly has been a key note speaker and lead trainings nationally including: co-leading with Joshua Karton at the Women's Advocacy Project in San Francisco, the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, faculty on Seattle Public Defenders Trial Academy, World Global Fellows, 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. Ms. White consults with lawyers on story, witness preparation, voice & presentation. She 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

Seattle University School of Law Alumni - $110

In-person participation ONLY

Cancellations and Refunds:

The last day to cancel your registration for this program is 4:30 p.m., Friday, October 25, 2019.  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.