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Penn Law's 2011 Visual Legal Advocacy Roundtable

VLA Step-By-Step?

Friday, November 4, 2011
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Levy Conference Center and Silverman 245A
Penn Law School
34th & Chestnut Streets · Philadelphia, PA

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Larry Kirchner

Learn the steps to making an 8-minute legal advocacy video, including investigating, researching, scripting, shooting and editing, on a small budget and with basic equipment from practitioners of the art.  Learn the rudiments of setting up, lighting and shooting an interview through hands-on instruction in small groups provided by area nonprofits engaged in video training.

The Roundtable is free and open to the public. Anyone wishing to attend should register in advance by emailing Anna Gavin, Events Coordinator of the Law School at


9:30 – 9:45 a.m.


9:45 – 12:00 p.m.

Panel on Sentencing Mitigation Videos: Portraits of Defendants and their Families

Denise Arellano, Investigator, Federal Defender Services of Idaho

Catherine C. Henry, Senior Litigator, Federal Community Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Suzanne Levy, Content Director of

Moderator: Regina Austin, William A. Schnader Professor of Law & Director of the Penn Program on Documentaries & the Law

12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch and Video on Staging an Interview

1:15 – 3:00 p.m.

Small Group Hands-on Demonstration of Staging an Interview
Instructors and equipment provided by:
• Penn Program on Documentaries & the Law
• Penn Video Network (Penn’s Cable Television and Special Event Network)
• PhillyCAM (Philadelphia’s Community Access Media)
• Scribe Video Center
• WHYY (The Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons)
With additional assistance provided by Martin Brigham, Esq. of Raynes McCarty

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.

Questions and Wrap up Session

Continuing Legal Education Credit
This roundtable has been approved for 5.5 hours of substantive law credit for Pennsylvania lawyers. Credits may be available in other jurisdictions as well. For CLE credit please bring a check for $55 ($25 for public interest lawyers) made out to “The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.” The roundtable itself is free and open to the public.

For more information please contact Anna Gavin, Events Coordinator of the Law School, at