Sessions Information

  • May 3, 2012
    10:45am - 12:15pm
    Session Type: AALS Programs
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    While a number of scholars have identified the similarities between the narrative process in film and in litigation, none have examined in-depth the use of the film maker’s storyboarding process to prepare for litigation.  In preparing their clinic students for a major civil rights federal jury trial, Professor Stefan Krieger and Clinic Fellow Reza Rezvani have been adapting the storyboarding process to a trial setting.  In that case, students were required within a short time span to gain a mastery of 24 deposition transcripts, thousands of pages of exhibits, numerous declarations, and four complex legal theories, to craft a persuasive narrative for the jury, and to prepare for the examinations of at least 30 witnesses.  With the help of a senior vice president at NBC/Universal, we have replicated the process of film storyboarding to help students organize the evidence in the case and develop a compelling story told through the voices of their witnesses.  In this presentation, Stef and Reza will describe their process for storyboarding a case for trial.  They will discuss how they developed this process and walk through the technical steps of boarding.  And they will play non-confidential clips showing how the students  are applying storyboarding in practice,  Additionally, they will assess  the benefits of this method both for developing a persuasive narrative at trial and for guiding students through the creative process of crafting a narrative in a legal case.  Moreover, they will discuss the possible use of this method in different kinds of cases and legal settings.  Finally, Stef and Reza will address the implications of this method for consideration of the nature of the clinical teaching.


Session Speakers
Organization: Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
Concurrent Session Speaker

Organization: Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
Concurrent Session Speaker

Session Fees

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