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WEBCAST - The Expressive Litigator: Voice and Its Relation to Persuasive Story Telling (6 total credit hour/includes no ethics credit)

March 31, 2017

Location: OBA Webcast - anywhere with a computer; iPad or Smartphone

This event has a fee

 On-Line Registration is now closed.

OBA/CLE Presents:

The Expressive Litigator:

Voice and Its Relation to Persuasive Story Telling

NOTE: In order to obtain credit for this webcast it MUST be viewed on 3/31/2017 starting at 9 am CST, because this program is being broadcast at that date and time, the credit is considered unlimited (live) credit by OBA/MCLE. This program will NOT be re-broadcasted.

CLE CREDIT: This course has been approved by the Oklahoma Bar Association Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for 6 hours of mandatory CLE credit, including 0 hours of ethics.

TUITION: Registration for the live webcast is $200. Seniors may register for $75 and members licensed 2 years or less may register for $100.

This program will NOT be re-broadcasted.

NOTE: This program is NOT approved for Texas credit. The Texas Bar will not permit members to submit online programs for Texas credit.

CHECKPOINTS: This program will contain random checkpoints. In order to submit credit for this program, you must confirm your presence at the checkpoints. If you do not meet the checkpoint requirement you may not receive credit for the live program. The checkpoint submission is entirely dependent on your successful completion of the system check.

NOTE: At the end of the program click on the “Credit Submission Tab” to go to your credit profile and begin the credit submission process. Please remember to submit credit on the day of the event.

Featured Presenter:

Rena Cook, Vocal Authority

Henry McDaniel, co-presenter

The Expressive Litigator: Voice and its Relation to Persuasive Story Telling, provides an in-depth training course for the attorney who wants to have more vocal power, clarity and expressivity in front of judge and jury. Divided into three primary sections, Elements of Voice, Principals of Expressivity and Acting the Story, thirteen topics delve deeply into various aspects of voice, including breath, resonance, articulation, inflection that communicates meaning, and using verb imagery to find authenticity and variety.

Expressivity, confidence in front of judge and jury, the ability to build suspense and to hold an audience are all skills that can be taught. Each concept is introduced through brief narrative and definition of terms and ideas. Simple, tangible exercises that build skills are clearly laid out, providing a compressive pathway to real and lasting results.

Participants should be prepared to actively participate; we will be on our feet practicing our speeches out loud throughout the day.

Rena is the founder of Vocal Authority, a training and development business created to serve corporate clients, including politicians, attorneys and CEOs who what to use their voice in more commanding and authentic ways. She is Professor Emeritus in the University of Oklahoma’s Helmerich School of Drama, where she taught Voice Speech and Dialects. She has a Masters in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London

Henry McDaniel is a Professor of Voice and Speech with a Masters in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and an MFA in Acting. He and Rena have worked together to design the Expressive Litigator!

Overview of Course Content

Each attendant is encouraged to bring a copy of an opening or closing they are currently preparing so the work can be more immediately applicable and useful.

* Elements of Voice

Release of habitual tension




Pitch range

* Principals of Expressivity


Curing falling inflection disease

Antithesis and Contrasts

Volume variety

Rhythm variety

* Acting the Story

Painting the picture


Action Verbs

9:00 Introduction to Expressive Litigator and your presenters

Elements of Voice:

Releasing Habitual Tensions


9:50 Break

10:00 Breath, Resonance

10:50 Pitch Range and Inflection that Communicates Meaning

Volume and Rhythm Variety

11:40 Lunch (on your own)

12:10 Acting the Story: Painting the Picture

1:00 Break

1:10 Characterizing, Action Verbs

2:00 Practice with our own openings/closings

2:50p.m. Adjourn

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