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Own the Room: Confident Communication for Lawyers
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When: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
4:00 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.
Where: Barnes & Thornburg LLP
225 South 6th Street
Suite 2800
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55402
United States

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Own the Room: Confident Communication for Lawyers

Event Schedule:

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm          CLE Program

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm          Networking Reception

1.5 Standard CLE credits have been approved (Code: 279747).

Strategic communication is as critical to building your practice as drafting a legal document. So much of your reputation depends on how you present yourself to colleagues, clients, in presentations, business meetings and media interviews. This interactive workshop is designed to support women attorneys to become better communicators by giving them tools to develop confident communication skills. Improve your credibility and even your business potential by learning how to effectively and strategically communicate your message in any public setting.


MWL is pleased to welcome seminar presenters Trisha Volpe, an Emmy-award winning journalist and attorney in the Minneapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, and Janel Klein, television reporter, anchor, and host. 


Following the CLE program, join us for a networking reception with refreshments and drinks. 


Participants in MWL’s Student to Attorney Mentor Program are encouraged to attend this event to gain valuable skills and network with other students and attorneys.

Space is limited and registration is required.

Registration: FREE for MWL and $20 for non-members.



Special thanks to our host:

Speaker Biographies


hover textTrisha Volpe is a Barnes & Thornburg litigator and a trial consultant and legal communication strategist for ThemeVision LLC. which is affiliated with Barnes & Thornburg.


A lawyer and Emmy award-winning former journalist, Trisha is a veteran storyteller whose practice focuses on strategic legal communications counsel, helping clients navigate complex communications issues in high stakes litigation and other adversarial settings. She works with trial teams to craft compelling case themes and trial narratives and to develop jury research and voir dire strategies for civil and criminal cases. She also consults on crisis communications and client reputational issues related to litigation or other legal issues.


As a litigator, Trisha practices general commercial litigation across a wide range of industries. She has represented clients in mass tort litigation, contract disputes, insurance recovery and in data practices issues. In particular, she is a member of a national trial team for an international product manufacturer and has trial experience in jurisdictions across the country.


Before launching her legal and litigation consulting career, Trisha spent more than a decade as a broadcast journalist. She was an investigative reporter who loved to unearth and tell compelling stories. Today, that same journalistic tenacity and skilled storytelling informs her comprehensive approach to legal strategy and jury research.


Trisha enjoys teaching and coaching other lawyers and business executives on communicating with confidence. In connection, she is a frequent presenter and CLE instructor on topics such as jury selection, legal storytelling and issues where media, the law, and strategic communications intersect.



Janel Klein is a freelance journalist, correspondent and on air talent working for networks including NBC, ABC, FOX Sports, The Weather Channel, NFL Network, ESPN, NBA Entertainment and Minneapolis NBC affiliate KARE TV.

Janel has been named Minnesota Journalist of the Year by the Journalism Educators Association; honored with six Emmy Award nominations by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; and recognized numerous times by the Northwest Broadcast News Association and by the Associated Press Broadcast Association.

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