Ethics of Rhetoric

October 2013
Ethics of Rhetoric
Skills for Becoming a More Formidable and Credible Advocate
Program Highlights
- Plato's The Gorgias addressing the 'false' art of rhetoric and the search for truth
- The evolution of rhetoric from Aristotle's Academy to Descartes to the 10th Circuit
- How effective advocacy burns the fog of rhetorical jargon
- How to measure the ethical content of your words
- How rhetoric affects outcome
- How Aristotle's model for persuasion will enhance your credibility and effectiveness
- How to avoid and how to detect false logic, false analogies and false comparisons
- How modern rhetoric diminishes advocacy
- How to exploit an opponent's unethical rhetoric
Program Description:
This Program is recommended for: prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers, for lawyers engaged in trial work and for lawyers desiring to enhance the persuasiveness
of their negotiating and writing skills.
Materials include:
- Current Research on Permissible and Abusive Rhetoric
- An Analytical Model for Measuring the Ethical Content of Speech and Writing
- Articles on Rhetoric
- An Outline of Categories of Rhetoric
8:30 - 9:00am
Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00am - 12:00pm
10:00 - 10:15am
Networking Break
The Honorable Russell Carparelli was sworn in as a Judge of the Colorado Court of Appeals in February 2003. He serves on the Chief Justice's Commission on the Legal Profession, and is the chair of the working group on bench and bar professionalism. Judge Carparelli is also a member of the Joint Professionalism Coordinating Council of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, and is a frequent speaker on the topics of professionalism and civility. In 2008, the Denver Bar Association awarded Judge Carparelli its Judicial Excellence Award for 2008 in recognition of his contributions to civic education. In January 2012, he received the University of Virginia School of Law's Honorable William J. Brennan, Jr., Award for outstanding skill as a trial lawyer and member of the judiciary as well as his contributions to the National Trial Advocacy College and the legal profession. In July 2012, the American Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section named him as the recipient of its Civility and Law Award. Judge Carparelli holds degrees from the University of Virginia School of Law, the University of Denver College of Law and the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Michael Sabbeth, Esq. has been a panelist on several continuing legal education ethics programs. He lectures nationally on ethics, rhetoric and trial advocacy to bar associations, judicial conferences and district attorney associations. He lectures to corporate and civic groups on ethics, rhetoric and persuasion as a management and executive skill. He has been an adjunct professor at Arapahoe Community College and Metropolitan State University in Denver where he taught courses on Ethics, Rhetoric and Propaganda and Entrepreneurialism. Mr. Sabbeth lectures to bar associations and continuing legal education groups throughout Colorado and nationally on the topic of ethics and rhetoric. He has written articles in national publications on ethics with an emphasis on teaching ethics to children. He has been featured in The Christian Science Monitor for his volunteer work teaching ethics in Denver-area schools. After the Columbine High School killings Mr. Sabbeth lectured on skills for ethical reasoning to the Littleton Fire Department to enhance the department's school outreach programs. 

Mr. Sabbeth has taught classes on moral reasoning in Denver-area public and private schools for twenty years. His book The Good, The Bad and The Difference: How to Talk with Children About Values is a guide for parents and for other persons working with children on how to talk with children about ethics and values and how to teach moral reasoning. The book has been available since late October 2010. Mr. Sabbeth graduated from Williams College with an Honors degree in Political Economy in 1969 and from the University of Denver Law School in 1973. He is a sole practitioner in Denver. He writes for many magazines on travel, fishing and engraving. He is married and has three children.

Location Information
CLECI Large Classroom
1900 Grant Street, Suite 300
Denver, CO 80203
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Registration Fees
Non Member $189.00
CBA Member $159.00
New Lawyer in practice < 3 years $129.00
  • General Credits: 3.00
  • Ethics Credits: 3.00
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Start Date - End Date
October 24, 2013
Start Time - End Time
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Event Location
CLECI Large Classroom
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