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Saturday, August 10 • 11:45am - 12:30pm
Empathy Exercises To Rethink Communication Barriers And Advocacy

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The workshop is the brainchild of Jennifer Strouf, a practicing attorney, who saw a need to inspire lawyers to find new ways to advocate for client?s who had difficulty following laws and court orders due to illiteracy, language barriers, learning disabilities, transportation issues, and homelessness. In general, communication and socioeconomic barriers affect an individual?s ability to participate in society: enroll in school, complete a rental or job application, register to vote, complete probation, follow medical directions, seek help, etc. 

This workshop utilizes interactive exercise to simulate barriers to success. By experiencing the frustration of failure participants can gain insight into and empathy for those with barriers to success. After the exercised participants will process the exercise and brainstorm methods that could overcome communication barriers. Finally, participant will discuss how to advocate for underserved populations who are vulnerable to communication barriers.

Note: this workshop is for all humans; no legal experience necessary.




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Jennifer Strouf

Jennifer Strouf is a practicing trial attorney and owns her own law firm, Strouf Law Firm P.A. (www.strouflaw.com). As an attorney and improviser, she created Improv4Lawyers P.A. (www.improv4lawyers.com), a legal consulting firm that offers trial coaching, bar tutoring, and continuing legal education courses all with an improv spin. Jennifer has written several articles and taught seminars about the use of applied improv in legal practice. She has presented to organizations including the Am... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2019 11:45am - 12:30pm EDT
The Wang Center - Jasmine Room