'Now What Makes Juries Listen': A Program Recap at the DRI Seminar


The Defense Research Institute's Women in the Law Committee hosted "Sharing Success -- A Seminar for Women Lawyers" at the chic Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Fla., on February 3-4, 2011. The event, which attracted well over 200 women from across the United States and Canada, focused on the unique challenges women face in the legal profession as well as alternative solutions for achieving and maintaining a successful legal career. Attendees included young lawyers, well seasoned partners, in-house counsel for major corporations (including Burger King, Starbucks Coffee, Electric Insurance, LP Building Products, and Sun Trust Bank), judges, and many women who had transitioned from successful legal careers to law related consultant businesses. The group's collective wisdom, experience and accomplishments were impressive, as was the lively discourse generated during several of the presentations, most notably the popular "Now What Makes Juries Listen?" by the entertaining and charismatic Sonya Hamlin. In her presentation, Hamlin – president of Sonya Hamlin Communications in New York and creator of the first course in courtroom communications at Harvard Law School – shared insight from her landmark book of the same name on the positive impact female litigators have on juries and trial outcomes. Hamlin also lectures worldwide and consults with law firms and corporations about juror attitudes, prejudices and advocacy skills.

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