High school students invited to learn the art of persuasion

Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law is offering high school students the opportunity to learn advocacy skills from one of the nation's leading teachers of trial advocacy skills. Senior Associate Dean Gary Gildin will present “The Art of Persuasion” at the DiscoverLaw.org event on from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 8. The workshop will be in the Apfelbaum Family Courtroom & Auditorium, Lewis Katz Hall, located at 333 W. South St. in Carlisle, Pa. 

“The art of persuasion is a valuable skill for anyone, especially students interested in a career in law,” said Gildin. "Students will learn how to construct arguments that take maximum advantage of newer, and somewhat surprising, understanding of how our brains make decisions."

Registered participants will receive a racial profiling case file prior to the event and will be expected to come prepared to present their closing arguments. During the workshop, participants will deliver their closing arguments and receive individualized feedback from Gildin and current law students. Participants will then have the opportunity to rework their closing arguments to incorporate the feedback that they have received. Finally, participants will be invited to deliver their revised closing arguments. At the conclusion of the workshop, they will learn more about the Law School Admissions Council's DiscoverLaw.org program and Penn State Law students will provide tours of the law school. A continental breakfast will be provided.

Gildin is a past recipient of the Richard S. Jacobson Award given annually to the nation's outstanding trial practice teacher. He is a practiced trial attorney who has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. He teaches courses in trial advocacy, legal argument and factual persuasion, civil liberties litigation and protection of individual rights under state constitutions

Registration is required for the event.

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Last Updated February 26, 2014