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Sonya is the "guru" of courtroom communication, having created that field at Harvard Law School. As a nationally recognized trial and communications expert and an analyst on national television, radio and in the press, she has covered the entire O.J. Simpson case, the Oklahoma City bombing case, the Clinton impeachment trial, Martha Stewart, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jackson cases as well as the 2004 Presidential debates.
A highly successful author and jury consultant, Sonya's groundbreaking What Makes Juries Listen has been succeeded by her bestselling What Makes Juries Listen Today, available as a book and on tape and CDs and her latest book Now What Makes Juries Listen. She teaches courtroom communication in the U.S. for the ABA, ALI-ABA, NITA, Defense Research Institute, American College of Trial Lawyers and the state Bar Associations among others. She also has given courses for barristers and Queen's Counsel in the U.K.
Through individual consulting and in group presentations, Sonya teaches trial advocacy from the jury's point of view. She helps lawyers understand how the jury sees the trial, their prejudices and preconceptions, how they make decisions and what turns them off. She develops effective communication techniques to get complex messages across and help clarify the case as well as preparing witnesses to be most effective.
Topics Covered in Sonya's Lecture-Demonstrations, Seminars and Workshops