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Narrative Skills and the Law CLE March 8

  • 9:00 am - 12:15 pm
  • School of Law Room 203

3-Hour Substantive Credit CLE

A lawyer who can communicate not simply in a cerebrally persuasive way, but in an emotionally gripping way, has an enormous strategic advantage. Judges, jurors, and clients can be captivated by compelling narratives like anyone else. Marshall Goldberg, a lawyer and a television and film writer for 25 years, teaches a course at Stanford and Michigan Law Schools setting out the basic principles of storytelling and showing how to apply those principles to legal situations.

During this three-hour CLE, complete with references to movies, books, and television shows, Goldberg will cover the fundamentals of storytelling: the story drive; structure; beginnings, middles, and endings; openings; plot and character; and transitions. Then he will take real-life legal cases and show how approaching them as a storyteller, utilizing basic narrative principles, might well have affected the outcome.

Learn more about Marshall Goldberg

After graduating from Harvard College and Stanford Law School and working in the U.S. Justice Department on civil rights matters, Marshall Goldberg spent 25 years as a Hollywood screenwriter and producer. He has written and produced for shows including L.A. Law, The Paper Chase, and Newhart, as well as eight television movies, three screenplays and an animated feature. Goldberg has also served as general counsel to the Writers Guild of America, West, and has and taught screenwriting at USC Film School, the most prestigious film school in the United States. He continues to write television pilots and novels, as well as serving as an adjunct professor at Stanford Law School and Michigan Law School.

Duquesne University School of Law is proud to offer Goldberg's Narrative Skills and the Law as part of the Dean John J. Sciullo CLE Series. Learn more about the spring 2014 Sciullo courses.


Course cost of $90 includes continental breakfast. Payment can be made online at the time of registration (Visa, MC, Discover) or at the door with cash, check or credit card.

REGISTER for the March 8 course or the complete Sciullo series.


Contact cle@duq.edu or 412.396.6300.