The Nashville Bar Journal’s October 2013 issue features NSF Chairman of the Board, and Festival co-founder, Donald Capparella (Dodson, Parker, Behm & Capparella, PC) and how his love for Shakespeare has inspired him to utilize NSF and Shakespearean actors in his CLE ethics seminars to aid in the teaching of ethics to lawyers.
What is CLE? For all you non-lawyers out there, a CLE is a continuing education seminar for lawyers that takes place after their initial admission to the bar. In many states, yearly CLE participation is required of attorneys to maintain their license to practice law.
An excerpt from the Nashville Bar Journal detailing how our CLE seminars and business workshops came about:
“Not wanting to bore the jury… Donald conceived the idea of having Shakespearean actors to the reading at trial. The actors’ rendition was so successful that the Shakespeare Festival maintains a fee-based service for trial attorneys that hires out actors as readers to do the same thing. He also regularly uses Shakespeare Festival actors in his CLE ethics seminars to aid in the teaching of ethics to lawyers, and created the well-received CLE featuring a mock trial between the Earl of Oxford and Mr. Shakespeare himself over the issue of who really wrote the complete works attributed to Shakespeare. Several members of the Tennessee Supreme Court and several trial and appellate judges have judged this mock trial.”
Read the full article here and stay tuned for news about upcoming CLEs (our next one, on December 19th, will be open to the public).