Criminal Courts
Bar Association

CCBA is pleased to announce its May MCLE Webinar!

“Discovering the Story”

presented by The Gerry Spence Method instructors

Adrian Baca

Joseph H. Low IV

Sylvia Torres Guillén

Terrance Jones


What is "Discovering The Story" and how will it help CCBA members and their clients?

"Discovering the Story" is a technique for efficient and effective client communication.

  • It overcomes language and cultural barriers;
  • It helps us as lawyers discover our own barriers to connecting with our clients;
  • It's efficient; You can learn in a one-hour session with your client what would often take multiple sessions with traditional methods;
  • It makes it more difficult for your client to deceive you; it helps clients more comfortable in sharing the actual facts of the case.


Reminder: CCBA will continue to offer meetings with participatory MCLE credit for the Los Angeles Criminal Defense community throughout the rest of 2021. Become a member of CCBA today for access to free meetings. Non-members will be required to purchase a ticket for $25 per meeting.


Tuesday May 11, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.


There is no fee for CCBA members for this event.

There is a $25 fee for non-CCBA members for this event.

Please purchase your ticket via the link below:


After purchasing your ticket, you will receive an email containing the Zoom registration link for the Webinar. Please use the Zoom registration link to register for the Webinar. After registering, you will receive an email with information on joining the Zoom Webinar. Please do not share your Zoom registration link.


Up to one hour of MCLE participatory credit will be provided by certificates sent to attendees of the event via the email used to register.


Below please find more information about the upcoming event:
Storytelling in Your Trials
One of the most prized talents of successful trial lawyers is their ability to tell their case’s story.
Why is storytelling so fundamental to a winning trial?
Simply put, the trial itself is a story, each case is a story of human pain, suffering, loss of freedom, and betrayal. It must also be a story of human caring, courage, perseverance and, at last, victory.
Discover the Story - Preparation is Critical
Look beyond the police reports. Listen to your client, find their story, uncover as many facts as possible. This includes looking for key facts, feelings, motivations, pressures, and influences.
Can you tell a story emotionally rather than reciting facts?
Look for villains and heroes. Explain all weaknesses or flaws in the story.
Learn Basic Psychodramatic Techniques to Unearth a Deeper Story.
Techniques for Discovering the Story
C - chair back
D - doubling
R - role reversal
E - empty chair
M - mirror
S - soliloquy

Goal – What are the witnesses feelings, thoughts, and motivations?


The Criminal Courts Bar Association’s Statement Regarding Increase in Hate Incidents Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

The Criminal Courts Bar Association condemns all senseless and unprovoked assaults and crimes against our brothers and sisters in the Asian community. We raise our collective voice to bring attention to this alarming crisis, as well as to condemn racism and xenophobia in all its manifestations.



As everyone was previously informed, as a result of the
COVID-19 Pandemic, our 2020 Annual Awards dinner has been canceled.
We plan to reschedule the event in 2021 on a date to be announced.

At our 2021 Annual Awards Dinner, we will be honoring these
outstanding 2020 awardees AND MORE!

Deputy DA Robert L. Grace, Jr.
Honorable Charlaine F. Olmedo
Attorney Frank P. Duncan
Attorney Karen L. Goldstein
Ezekiel P. Perlo
Directing Attorney, Los Angeles County Bar Association,
Indigent Criminal Defense Appointments Program


We can issue a refund of your 2020 ticket purchase.
To request a refund or credit towards a future event, please call (626) 577-5005
or email

We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause and we thank you for understanding.


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