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Monday, August 6, 2018

Webinar: Seeing is Believing: Using Visual, Emotion-Based Storytelling at Sentencing/Penalty Phase

Start Date: 8/28/2018 1:00 PM EDT
End Date: 8/28/2018 2:30 PM EDT

Organization Name: National Association for Public Defense

Heather H. Hall
Email: heather@publicdefenders.us
Phone: N/A

Seeing is Believing: Using Visual, Emotion-Based Storytelling at Sentencing/Penalty Phase

August 28, 2018, 1:00 p.m. Eastern, 90 minutes

Webinar Faculty:  Doug Passon, President and Creative Director, Law Offices of Doug Passon, PC.

About the Webinar:  The seminar makes the case that whenever possible, lawyers must tell a story with pictures in their sentencing presentations.  This talk will focus on the art and science of using images in courtroom presentation and pleadings, with a focus on the use of short documentary videos to help tell your story in a more emotionally powerful, credible, and persuasive manner.  The seminar will feature many examples ranging from simple to complex.

About the Faculty: Doug Passon has been practicing criminal defense for over twenty years. He is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker who combines his passion for filmmaking and storytelling with his practice of law by producing short documentaries for use as mitigation at sentencing. He is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the field of video sentencing advocacy, his work having been featured in, among other things, the Wall Street Journal and international print media and television. Passon writes and teaches extensively on the topic of sentencing mitigation videos and authors the blog "Story for Lawyers". After serving over twelve years as an assistant federal defender in Phoenix, he left to create what may be the first of its kind, combination law firm and video production studio.  His firm produces high-quality sentencing documentaries in criminal/death penalty cases for attorneys across the country.  He also conducts multi-day hands-on intensive training for public defenders, which allows those agencies to reduce costs by bringing their video production in-house.  Passon is also "of counsel" with the Law offices of Alan Ellis, a nationally recognized sentencing advocacy law firm.


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