The Defamation Experience is Coming to the RI Law Center!

02/23/2018 - The Defamation Experience is coming to the RI Bar Association Headquarters on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. The Defamation Experience is a unique, interactive, diversity program. It is a play which explores the highly charged issues of race, religion, gender, class, and the law with a twist: the audience is the jury. Through deliberations and post-show discussions, the audience engages in civil discourse that challenges preconceived notions.
 
The play itself is an old-fashioned courtroom drama. The premise is a civil suit: A South Side African-American woman sues a Jewish North Shore real estate developer for defamation. The legal issue is whether or not she was falsely accused of stealing his watch and causing her financial harm. The experience begins when the plaintiff and her white male attorney and the defendant and his African-American female attorney walk through the audience and take their seats at their respective tables.  Without a word having been spoken, the tableau compels audiences to immediately engage. Moments later, Judge Barnes appears and stares down the audience before announcing, "We've got serious business here, a civil suit." What follows is a 70 minute riveting trial that will hold the audience's own prejudices and assumptions under a powerful lens, and does not let go except by the way of an unsettling self-examination.
 
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This program is free to Bar members, and has been awarded 1.5 ethics credits. Lunch will be provided to attendees. Pre-registration is necessary, so if you are interested in attending, please e-mail CLE Director Tanya Nieves at tnieves@ribar.com. Space is limited, and registration will be taken on a first come first serve basis. While there is no charge to attend the program, a $25 no-show fee will be assessed to registrants who do not cancel their registration two business days prior to the event, and a credit card number will be required to complete the registration process.