Mythic Structure of Story and Story Telling for Trial Lawyers

August 16-19, 2012
Historic Benson Hotel
Portland, OR

“A human being is nothing but a story with a skin around it.” – – Fred Allen

From the time we were first able to experience the world around us, we did so through stories.  All of us have story receptors that allow us to more easily track, process and understand material that is presented in story form.  As tellers, we need to learn how to structure and tell our client’s stories so that the receiver-be it opposing counsel, the mediator, judge or jury-can accept our client’s story as the only one that matters. This means we must learn something about where story comes from; the role of the teller; the classical or mythic structure of a story; the characters; and, the universal truths, which all compelling stories must offer.

Stories connect people and affect how we experience the world.  This means we need to learn about the people who hear our clients’ stories.  What bonds us to them and vice versa?  We don’t want to flood them with so much information they can’t take it all in, but we also don’t want to leave out what they consider important.

The nature of stories can make the difference between joy and pain, loss and victory.  By focusing our attention on discovering our clients’ stories, we can ensure that the story that needs to be told, is told.  By examining group process, we can ensure that the story gets heard and learn how to empower our juries and make them our client’s hero.  At the same time, we enrich our professional lives by seeking the most artistic and creative ways to find, understand and tell our client’s stories.

During this workshop we will:
*    Practice deep listening skills;
*    Explore the impact of stories on our lives;
*    Practice being present as your client’s story unfolds;
*    Analyze the client’s social atom ;
*    Choose stories that support our clients;
*    Learn how to ’embody’ those stories;
*    Discover our innate capacities as storytellers;
*    Draw on images and memories in shaping narrative;
*    Explore ways to empower your jurors to be heroes; and
*    Cultivate and enhance the bond that forms between teller and listener.

This program has been approved by the

State Bar of Oregon for 23.75 CLE Hour
Faculty scheduled to participate include:

Joane Garcia-Colson,
Fredilyn Sison,
Mary Peckham,
Carl Bettinger,
Lynne Bratcher, and

Charlie Abourezk

Tuition is $795 (does NOT include room and board but does include three (3) continental breakfasts and one box lunch.)

A $295 deposit is required to reserve your space.

Register by May 15 and pay only $695 (must pay in full)!


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HOST HOTEL – Benson Hotel Portland, OR

Our host hotel for this workshop is the Benson Hotel, located at 309 SW Broadway, in the heart of downtown Portland.  Rooms are beautifully appointed and several great restaurants, both upscaleand casual are within walking distance.

We have negotiated a discounted room rate for the nights of 8/16, 8/17, and 8/18 with the hotel for attendees of the Story Workshop of $144 per night single or double occupancy.

There are a limited number of rooms available at this discounted rate! So please call the hotel as soon as you register for the program.

To reserve a room, please call Reservations Toll Free at 1-888-523-6766. The group name is: 3 Sisters Story Workshop.


The program begins with registration on Thursday August 16 at 3:30 p.m. followed by the opening session at 4 p.m. The workshop ends on Sunday, August 19 at noon.
You will have your evenings free to enjoy the company of the other participants, spend time with your family, explore beautiful Portland, shop at world famous Powell’s Books or indulge in a relaxing dinner at one of the local restaurants.

IIf you are planning to fly, you can fly into Portland (PDX).  There is plenty of ground transportation, including taxis, shuttles or the light rail, to downtown; the light rail is the most economical way to get to downtown and sometimes the fastest, depending on traffic.  A rental car is not necessary unless you plan to do additional traveling.
We hope to see you in Portland.

Do not hesitate to contact us at with any questions.

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