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Jonathan Shapiro    

Former Federal Prosecutor and Law Professor; TV Writer & Producer, Known for "The Blacklist" and "Goliath"

For the past 22 years, Jonathan Shapiro has written and produced some of television’s most iconic legal drams, including HBO’s "The Undoing," Amazon Prime’s "Goliath," and NBC Peacock’s upcoming series, "The Missing." An Emmy and Huminatas Award winner, Shapiro’s other television credits include Peacock’s ’s "Mr. Mercedes," based on the Stephen King novels, NBC’s series "The Blacklist," FOX’s "Justice," NBC’s "Life," and the ABC series "Boston Legal," "The Practice," and "Big Sky."

His first play, "Sisters in Law," about the relationship between Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, premiered in 2019. After successful runs in Phoenix, Denver, and Los Angeles, it is scheduled to open on Broadway in 2023. He is the author of two books -- the novel "Deadly Force" (2015) and the memoir "Lawyers, Liars, and the Art of Storytelling" (2014) -- and is an adjunct law professor at the UCLA School of Law.

Prior to becoming a writer, Shapiro practiced law for 12 years as an Honors Program Trial Attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division, an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, and Of Counsel at Kirkland & Ellis. A graduate of the University of California Berkeley School of Law, he earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from Harvard University, and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oriel College, Oxford University. He served as a Commissioner, and later Chairman, of the California Commission on Government Economy and Efficiency. He is the founder and president of the Public Counsel Emergency Fund for Torture Victims, which provides financial assistance to those pursuing political asylum.

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Storytelling is not a metaphor for advocacy. It is advocacy itself, the most effective, efficient way to convey information and to persuade. Drawing on his 32 years of experience practicing, teaching, and writing about the law, Shapiro shares practical techniques to improve your ability to communicate.

Presenting a Power of Narrative to Change Minds and Lives

The Art of Storytelling

Success Through Audience

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