The Articulate Attorney®: Public Speaking for Lawyers

MCLE Credits: 3.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Video on Site: Tuesday, August 20 / Abingdon, Alexandria, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Norfolk, Richmond,
Roanoke, Tysons
  Wednesday, August 21 / Ashburn, Warrenton
  Thursday, August 22 / Virginia Beach, Winchester
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Program: 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 3.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Live on Site: April 23 in Fairfax and April 24 in Richmond.


Why Attend?

  • Pull your nose out of your notes, look your listeners in the eye, and be the articulate attorney you’ve always wanted to be
  • Bolster your confidence, comfort, and fluency the next time you address a group of listeners
  • Learn the techniques, and then practice integrating them into your own personal style

This highly interactive program is not a lecture; it’s a workout. You will stand up with the group and channel your body’s nervous energy into dynamic delivery. Grasp what to do with your hands and gestures in order to grab and hold your listeners’ attention. Discover how to eliminate annoying filler words like um and like. Explore the best way to make notes to structure your presentation. Understand how to “structure your improvisation,” rather than read a script (so boring) or recite from memory (so risky). Rather than just sit and listen, you will engage each of these skills repeatedly, on your feet and out loud. You’ll walk out knowing how to efficiently practice to become even better.

Using cutting edge research in linguistics, gestures studies, and sports psychology, the purpose of this course is to give participants a practical, immediately useful technique for public speaking in all settings. The program will give you the performance skills you need to get the job done with confidence—whether you are sitting or standing, addressing a small group or a large audience. To do that, you need a solid technique and the chance to practice. This program does both: Learn the techniques, and then practice integrating them into your own personal style.

Seminar Materials:  All registrants will receive a copy of The Articulate Attorney: Public Speaking for Lawyers (2nd Edition), by Brian K. Johnson and Marsha Hunter (a $24.99 value), as the seminar materials.

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8:30 Registration
9:00 Your BodyThe Physiology of Public Speaking

Adrenaline, stance, breath, gesture, eye contact
10:00 Your BrainThinking on Your Feet or Your Seat

Adrenaline, time warp, silence, thinking, echo memory, chunking, horizontal notes
10:45 Break
11:00 Your VoiceBecoming Fluent on Your Feet

Phrasing, pace, pauses, energy, emphasis, inflection, audible punctuation
11:45 Your Practice—It Doesn’t Make Perfect, It Makes Better

Spaced repetition, practice for real, the law of opposites, beginnings and endings
12:15 Adjourn



Brian K. Johnson, Johnson & Hunter, Inc. / Santa Fe, NM

Brian K. Johnson has been teaching communication skills to attorneys since 1979. He has been NITA’s courtroom communication consultant since 1981. NITA awarded him its Prentice Marshall Faculty Award in 2000 in recognition of his unique contribution to the teaching of advocacy, the first non-lawyer to ever receive that award. He has worked with every new Assistant United States Attorney at the D.O.J. National Advocacy Center since 1998. He has co-authored three books on legal communication skills including The Articulate Advocate: Persuasive Skills for Lawyers in Trials, Appeals, Arbitrations, and Motions; The Articulate Attorney: Public Speaking for Lawyers; and The Articulate Witness: An Illustrated Guide to Testifying Confidently Under Oath.

Locations, Dates and Fees

VIDEO REGISTRATION FEES (printed materials included)

$215 regular registration.
$230 on-site registration (if space is available).



Abingdon: Southwest Virginia Higher Education, Center, on the campus of Virginia Highlands Community College (I-81 exit 14), 1 Partnership Circle (276) 619-4300 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Alexandria: Courtyard Marriott Alexandria Old Town/Southwest, 2700 Eisenhower Ave. (703) 329-2323 (Venue Website / Google Map) Metro accessible!
Charlottesville: The Virginia CLE® Building, 105 Whitewood Road (800) 979-8253 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Fredericksburg: Courtyard Marriott Fredericksburg Historic District, 620 Caroline Street (540) 786-8321 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Norfolk: SpringHill Suites Norfolk—Virginia Beach, 6350 Newtown Road (757) 333-3100 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Richmond: UVA Richmond Regional Center, 2810 N. Parham Road, Suite 300, 3rd Floor (Parking available only in spots not marked “Visitor Parking”) (804) 662-7464 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Roanoke: Roanoke Higher Education Center, 108 North Jefferson Street (Validated parking is available in the Gainsboro Garage only, which is on Center Avenue and adjacent to the RHEC.  Please bring the parking ticket that you receive at the gate to the Virginia CLE staff member for validation.) (540) 767-6161 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Tysons: Courtyard Marriott, 1960-A Chain Bridge Road (entrance to hotel on Greensboro Drive) (703) 790-0207 (Venue Website / Google Map) Metro accessible!


Ashburn: SpringHill Suites Ashburn Dulles North, 20065 Lakeview Center Plaza (703) 723-9300 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Warrenton: Holiday Inn Express Warrenton, 410 Holiday Court (540) 341-3461 (Venue Website / Google Map)


Virginia Beach: Courtyard Virginia Beach—Norfolk, 5700 Greenwich Road (757) 490-2002 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Winchester: Wingate by Wyndham Hotel Winchester, 150 Wingate Drive (540) 678-4283 (Venue Website / Google Map)

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A special 15% discount and free shipping on Virginia CLE®–published books will be available for purchases made at the seminar site.

Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored through 5:00 p.m. of the DAY BEFORE the seminar. 

If you have a disability that requires special accommodation, please contact Virginia CLE® well in advance of the program date.

Private recording of this program is prohibited.

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