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Communication In and Out of The Courtroom


Thursday, August 6, 2020
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Harrah's Resort, Atlantic City, NJ

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Katherine James, MFA
Alan Blumenfeld

Act of Communication
Culver City, CA

Andrew Caple-Shaw, Esq.
Act of Communication™
Nashville, TN

Program Moderators:
Christine V. Lafferty, Esq.
Grungo Colarulo
Cherry Hill, NJ

Bhaveen R. Jani, Esq.
Stark & Stark
Princeton, NJ

Act of Communication™ Katherine James, Alan Blumenfeld and Andrew Caple-Shaw are back at the Boardwalk Seminar. 

They have come armed with what for over four decades is recognized nationally as the best communication skills program for attorneys in the country.

This time, they turn their attention to the communication challenges that attorneys face in two arenas: The Courtroom and The Board Room. What are the differences between the communication challenges in presenting to a judge and jury versus a civic group or other public speaking opportunity? What are the similarities? How can you, as an attorney, excel in both?  As with all Act of Communication™ Workshops, each unit of learning consists of fully participatory exercises.


7:30 am - 9:00 am 
Continental Breakfast & Registration • Exhibit Hall

9:00 am - 9:30 am 

President’s Address & Welcome
Edward P. Capozzi, Esq. • Roseland, NJ
NJAJ Membership Meeting & Elections

9:30 am - 11:00 am
Monologue in Courtroom vs Boardroom 
  • Speaking like a person, not like a lawyer
  • Elements of Storytelling – Beginning Middle and End for Courtroom and Boardroom
  • “Put It In Ten Words” for Courtroom and Boardroom
  • On Beyond Eye Contact – Sharing The Story for Courtroom and Boardroom
  • Bonding the jury or the Boardroom to your point of view
  • What are the similarities and difference between addressing a jury and addressing The Rotary Club?

11:00 am - 11:15 am
Coffee Break • Exhibit Hall
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Dialogue in Courtroom vs Boardroom
• Establishing Attorney-Witness-Juror Relationship in Courtroom
• Establishing Attorney-Boardroom Member Relationship in Boardroom
• Use of Open-Ended Questions in Direct in the Courtroom 
• Cross Examining with the Jurors
• Using Questioning in The Boardroom aka Are You Running Your PowerPoint or Is Your PowerPoint Running You?
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm
Troubleshooting Attorney Issues 
Alan, Katherine and Andrew solve communication issues for courtroom and boardroom brought in by workshop participants.
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Lunch • Exhibit Hall
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Wine and Cheese Reception • Exhibit Hall


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ABOUT THE SEMINAR: The Boardwalk Seminar 2020 features 31 seminars over three days. The advantage of this unique format is that you may move from seminar to seminar, hearing different topics as desired and thereby creating a seminar tailored to your specific needs.

* * * Special Offer * * *
Join NJAJ & Save $300 on Boardwalk Seminar registration.

If you join the New Jersey Association for Justice when registering for the Boardwalk Seminar 2020, you will receive the member registration fee ($200 less than the non-member rate) and as a part of this special offer you will receive an additional $100 off of the registration fee. Join NJAJ.

MCLE Credits
New Jersey - (Earn 3.30 Credits/Earn 0.0 Ethics Credits)
New York - (Earn 3.30 Credits/Earn 0.0 Ethics Credits - pending)
Pennsylvania - (Earn 3.0 Credits/Earn 0.0 Ethics Credits - pending)

Full-Time Judges, Full-Time Law School Professors, 
Judicial Law Clerks & Law Student Members

Registration is complimentary for the seminar.
Pre-registration is required.

This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the
Supreme Court of New Jersey for 3.30 hours of total CLE credit.

Of these, 0.0 qualify as hours of credit for ethics/professionalism,
and 3.30 qualify as hours of credit toward certification in civil trial law

Course Materials
The seminar course materials will be online for attendees
to download on July 31, 2020.

Onsite/Door Registration: 
An additional $25 will be added to all program fees for onsite registration.

Cancellation Policy: 
Friday, July 31st is the last day for a refund (minus $20).
All cancellations must be in writing.

After Friday, cancellations and no shows will receive a credit (minus $20)
automatically good for 1 year for a future seminar or an on-demand seminar at www.theCLEstore.org.


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