Advocacy Training: Rhetoric, Persuasion, and Implicit Bias

June 22, 2021
6:00PM – 8:00PM
Register Below


Temple University Beasley School of Law will host its fourth free online advocacy training conference on Tuesday, June 22 from 6:00-8:00 PM (East Coast time). The topic will be “rhetoric, persuasion, and implicit bias.”  The first hour will address the art and psychology of rhetoric and persuasion; hour two will focus on how to incorporate issues of race and implicit bias into the basic trial advocacy curriculum. The program will be held on Zoom, please register below to sign up.


6:00-6:30PM – A conversation with Professor Mary Bowman involving her paper Confronting Racist Prosecutorial Rhetoric at Trial, including what social psychology and neuroscience research explain about how racist rhetoric affects decision-making as well as how to avoid biased decision-making.

6:30-7:00PM – Two methods of teaching persuasion.  Federal Magistrate Judge and Temple Adjunct Professor Richard Lloret will discuss his “Advanced Trial Advocacy – Speech” course, and Dickinson Professor Gary Gildin will explain his ADVANCED PERSUASION course, which focuses extensively on the psychology of persuasion.

7:00-8:00PM –  Some law schools are already committed to or are exploring curricular change to ensure that issues of bias in the law should be addressed in *all* law school courses. This hour will be devoted to discussing what issues of bias can/should be taught in advocacy courses and how to do so effectively.  Presenters will be: Dr. Valerie Harrison, Esq., Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Senior Advisor for Temple University and co-author of DO RIGHT BY ME: LEARNING TO RAISE BLACK CHILDREN IN WHITE SPACE; Attorney Joe H. Tucker, Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers; and Professor Bonny Tavares, author of a chapter in INTEGRATING DOCTRINE AND DIVERSITY (Carolina Academic Press 2021).

PRIOR conference vIDEOS

To view Temple Law School’s prior hosted conference videos, click here.

Juries – Research and Teaching (Online Conference) January 14, 2021
Teaching Trial Advocacy with Video (Online Conference) – June 18, 2020
Teaching Trial Advocacy (Online Conference) – January 16, 2020