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Revolutionize Your Opening Statement in Only 4 Hours

Make sure you tackle this essential step before heading into trial!

Acting for Trial Lawyers 101:
Captivating the Courtroom

Crafting your opening statement was tough, right? But now, the real game-changer: delivering it in court. It’s more than just words; it’s about winning trust and making an impact. Where do you begin? How do you ensure your hard work isn’t wasted by a flat delivery that fails to connect with your jury?

Picture this: You’re standing there, delivering your opening with such confidence and presence that the jury is hanging on your every word. They’re not just listening; they’re rooting for your case. And the best part? No tricks, no gimmicks. Just you, leveraging your innate talent as a storyteller, turning the courtroom into your stage.



Who teaches
Acting for Trial Lawyers 101?

Meet Olivia Espinosa and Steve Hohman, co-creators of ‘Acting for Trial Lawyers 101’. We are career actors, directors and educators with a relentless drive to empower legal voices.

We’ve sat in the witness box over 1,200 times, facing sharp attorneys in over 30 states, Canada, and the UK. Acting as witnesses isn’t just our job; it’s our craft. Our insights have been pivotal in cases that have raked in awards totaling over a staggering $32 million since 2022.

It’s our mission to present stories in an honest way that sparks positive change. And we’re passionate about working with attorneys who have the same goal- to be a truthful, change-making storyteller.

Acting for Lawyers Trial 101 offers breakthrough solutions to problems you face as a storyteller. Because you gotta admit, most people think lawyers are just like actors… liars. We both know nothing could be further from reality.

Need to Bring Your Opening Statement to Life?

‘Acting for Trial Lawyers 101’ is a live online class to transform your words into a deep emotional connection with your audience.

What you’ll learn…

  • 1

    The formula for overcoming the #1 killer of credibility.

  • 2

    Effective strategies to captivate your audience with facts, objectivity, and honesty.

  • 3

    Techniques to break free from self-consciousness, allowing you to present confidently.

  • 4

    The no-gimmick method to keep your listeners engaged, even with less than-exciting content.

  • 5

    Performance strategies for adapting to the unexpected– like time constraints or technical difficulties.

What you’ll get…

  • A 3-step method to bring your script to life and compel your listeners.

  • An actionable plan to take you from rehearsal to the courtroom.

  • Peer collaboration to save you hours of prep time and problem-solving.

  • A downloadable PDF containing all the tools covered in the course to use on every opening statement for the rest of your career.

  • 10 mins of uninterrupted time to present your opening statement (oral arguments welcome) in a judgment-free zone.

  • 20 mins of guided constructive feedback to apply the insights you recieve in real-time and see the difference immediately.

What would it be worth to have a team of consultants for a day to prevent  costly trial mistakes? 

NEXT SESSION:
Acting for Trial Lawyers 101

When: Saturday, June 29, 2024
Where: On Zoom
Time: 8am-12pm PT | 11am-3pm ET
Cost: $379

*This is a small group class. Your active participation, attention and collaboration is essential.

What participants are saying about Acting for Trial Lawyers 101…

Who We’ve Worked With

Is Acting for Trial Lawyers 101 right for me?

Acting for Trial Lawyers 101 is NOT for you if…

  • You’re looking for a magic pill to win every case, every time.

  • You think the job of an actor is to lie.

  • You missed your calling and would rather be an actor.

BUT Acting for Trial Lawyers 101 is perfect for you if…

  • You know that there’s no such thing as “winging it” in the courtroom.

  • You’re a truth seeking attorney that wants to make an honest connection with your fact-finders.

  • You’re ready to become a better storyteller and advocate for your client. 

BONUS:

Time-saving tools to familiarize or memorize your script- making eye contact with your audience that much easier.

EXTRA BONUS:

This method can reveal any areas that need editing or that create rabbit holes for your listeners. 

CLASS IS LIMITED TO ONLY 4 PARTICIPANTS.

NEXT SESSION:
Acting for Trial Lawyers 101

When: Saturday, June 29, 2024
Where: On Zoom
Time: 8am-12pm PT | 11am-3pm ET
Cost: $379

*This is a small group class. Your active participation, attention and collaboration is essential.

Frequently asked questions…

What is your cancellation policy?2023-11-13T16:31:05-08:00

Once a participant is registered with payment, any cancellations made 30-10 days prior to the workshop date will be subject to a 25% cancellation fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations less than 10 days prior to the workshop. However, if you change your mind within 48 hours of purchase, we will refund your full amount.

Additionally, enrollment for our online courses are fully transferable up to 24 hours before the workshop. Just reach out to us to let us know if you’d like to have a colleague take your space or transfer your registration to a future online session.

Can I observe a class?2023-11-13T15:09:04-08:00

Due to our privacy policy for registered participants, we do not allow non-registered participants to observe or audit our workshops.

I’m nervous performing in front of my peers. Is it a safe environment?2023-11-12T12:21:17-08:00

We get it. We still get nervous before performing on stage. In addition, receiving feedback from your peers can be uncomfortable. All feedback is guided to be constructive, respectful, and positive so you can feel safe and supported during the learning process. That’s our #1 priority.

Everyone in the class is there to learn and to offer advice to one another. You’ll learn just as much by watching your peers perform and you’ll want to give them the same encouraging feedback they gave you.

What kind of lawyers do you work with?2023-11-12T12:20:28-08:00

Although we primarily work with plaintiff’s, family, and criminal defense trial lawyers, we believe this workshop will improve any lawyer’s ability to succeed in their practice. Our participants have spanned 30 states, Canada and the UK.

What if I can’t make it because I’ve got a trial coming up?2023-11-12T12:15:24-08:00

Right before trial is the perfect time to take this workshop! THIS IS PART OF YOUR TRIAL PREP.  We’ll be working on your real-life case (just tweaked to protect any sensitive info).  The feedback you’ll receive can be applied immediately so you can avoid making costly mistakes at trial.

Can I do one-on-one work with you instead?2023-11-12T11:53:55-08:00

Absolutely! We offer one-on-one coaching based on your unique schedule.  Please contact Olivia@hausimprov.com for more details.

Do you offer scholarships?2023-11-12T11:53:12-08:00

Yes, we offer scholarships for certain circumstances. To find out if you qualify please email Steve@hausimprov.com.

Do I need to prepare anything?2023-10-09T23:07:12-07:00

Yes, each participant is expected to have 10-minutes of an opening statement prepared and ready to be presented to the group. You’ll be able to apply new tools to your performance to see instant improvement. Whether you write out every word of your opening, just write the major bullet points, or have a consultant or colleague write it- you’ll learn how to own it in the courtroom.

Isn’t acting about lying and being dramatic?2023-10-09T22:33:01-07:00

Actually, that’s not the reality at all.  Audiences can easily tell when an actor is not authentic. The job of an actor is to connect as truthfully as possible to their roles and deliver the most honest performance.  We’re introducing these tools to lawyers so they can ensure the same experience with their audience.

Can I take this class more than once?2023-10-09T22:31:57-07:00

This workshop is part of your trial prep, so if you have a new case you’re working on, then it’s a great time to revisit this course. Although you may not be surprised by the material covered, you’ll be surprised at how much more you’re able to master these techniques by revisiting them over and over again. Many of our participants return to class 3-4 times per year.

Do acting classes work on Zoom?2023-10-09T22:27:46-07:00

Yes!  Just like depositions or trials via Zoom have become an effective way to conduct your practice, so has learning trial skills.  We’ve perfected the experience so the virtual environment melts away. The win- all the benefits of a trial skills class without sitting in traffic. Plus, you can meet attorneys from all over the country!

Check out these quotes from participants about the zoom environment:

I like seeing other attorneys from other areas work and learning from their opening and their feedback to my opening–new faces and voices instead of local colleagues.- Fred B., Kansas City, MO

Since the onset of Covid, I have been amazed at how effective Zoom workshops are. In this instance, I learned a great deal by observing and the group critiquing the presentations of the other lawyers’ opening statements.- Mike W., Atlanta, GA

People complain about Zoom, but I think it’s great! It’s the platform where busy lawyers can fit workshops and feedback sessions into their schedules.- Susie I., Berkeley, CA

Yeah, as much as I enjoy the in-person stuff, I can’t travel as much anymore and need to warm up to Zoom as a ‘reasonable accommodation.’ And frankly, the HOI teaching, coaching, and mentoring is very engaging via Zoom.- Kevin K., Northampton, MA

What if I’ve already taken another class like this?2023-10-09T22:23:08-07:00

Many of our most successful clients have taken other presentation skills courses before and that’s OK. You can take what works best for you from every class. The difference- we’re introducing skills that are rooted in the techniques that modern actors use. It will give you an engaging and honest delivery of your opening statement that you won’t get anywhere else, because we’re career actors.

“I thought the exercises getting us to think about the feelings we want to evoke and the ways to get there were most illuminating, because that kind of instruction isn’t available anywhere else.”- Susie I., Berkeley, CA

I’ve already got a trial consultant. Can I still take this class?2023-10-09T21:17:40-07:00

Yes! We’ve worked with a number of attorneys who have an opening statement prepared by their consultant. Very few trial consultants have the background to help you deliver someone else’s words with familiarity and honesty. This workshop is essential to making words that aren’t yours sound natural. Because after all, you’re the one that has to own them in the courtroom.

What if I don’t want to be a comedian?2023-10-09T21:12:35-07:00

That’s good because we don’t want to turn you into one either.  Your work is serious and we want to empower you with techniques and strategies that will make a serious difference in your practice.  That being said, we can’t say you won’t have any fun taking this class because we believe that the more fun you are having in our programs, the more you’ll take away.

What work have you done as a theater artist?2023-10-09T21:10:56-07:00

Olivia Espinosa is an actor, director, and playwright.  She has over two decades of experience teaching performing arts, playwriting and dramaturgy (helping playwrights revise their play in preparation for production).

In 2022, she was nominated for best supporting performer in a play by BroadwayWorld San Diego for her performance as Lore/Nena in Azul (Diversionary Theater); American Mariachi (Denver Center New Play Summit); The Astronaut Farmworker, A Lonely Boy’s Guide to Survival… (La Jolla Playhouse POP Tour).

As a director, Olivia was honored as the recipient of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s most prestigious award- The Phil Killian Directing Fellowship where she was assistant director to Bill Rauch on Off the Rails by Randy Reinholz, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure highlighting the haunting and resilient stories of Native Americans during the U.S. Indian Boarding School movement. She’s also an ensemble member of Native Voices at the Autry in Los Angeles.

Olivia has assistant directed under many prominent Broadway directors at the La Jolla Playhouse, including Tony award winning director, Tina Landau. www.oliviaespinosa.com

But you’re actors. You don’t know the law, how can you help me?2023-10-09T20:29:07-07:00

We’re not lawyers. Isn’t that refreshing? In fact, your jury members are almost never lawyers, either. So isn’t it just as important to get non-lawyers input? As actors we’re in the business of using genuine emotions to perform a compelling story for an audience. This isn’t based on the latest science. These tools are based on emotion and, as actors, we’re in the business of emotions. In fact, some researchers have found that emotions account for up to 90% of decision-making.

Can I present an oral argument?2023-10-09T20:26:56-07:00

Although we have geared this class towards prepping opening statements, you’re absolutely welcome to use an upcoming or past oral argument. The tools you’ll gain are exactly the same. In fact, some of our first experiences teaching these acting techniques were for oral argument presentations.

Having issues with your purchase? Still not sure if this is for you? That’s OK! Contact us and we’ll answer any other questions you have.

Been burned by a verdict? You don’t have to wait until deliberation to find out how you come across to your judge or jury.

CLASS IS LIMITED TO ONLY 4 PARTICIPANTS.

NEXT SESSION:
Acting for Trial Lawyers 101

When: Saturday, June 29, 2024
Where: On Zoom
Time: 8am-12pm PT | 11am-3pm ET
Cost: $379

*This is a small group class. Your active participation, attention and collaboration is essential.

Cancellation Policy:

Once a participant is registered with payment, any cancellations made 30-10 days prior to the workshop date will be subject to a 25% cancellation fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations less than 10 days prior to the workshop.  However, if you change your mind within 48 hours of purchase, we will refund your full amount. 

Additionally, enrollment for our online courses are fully transferable up to 24 hours before the workshop. Just reach out to us to let us know if you’d like to have a colleague take your space or transfer your registration to a future online session.

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