Cunningham’s Article on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Oral Argument Published in Nevada Law Journal

Associate Academic Dean and Professor Larry Cunningham recently published an article in the Nevada Law Journal entitled,

Larry Cunningham

Larry Cunningham

Using Principles from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Nervousness in Oral Argument or Moot Court.  The article, which is based on a presentation Dean Cunningham gave at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas, examines “stage fright” in the high pressure world of appellate advocacy.  Drawing upon a recognized technique for combating anxiety generally, the paper explores ways that  principles from “cognitive behavioral therapy” can be infused into a legal writing or appellate advocacy classroom to help students calm fears they may have of public speaking.  Dean Cunningham’s article was recently a “top ten download” on the Social Science Research Network and has been discussed internationally, including a recent feature by the Law Society of New Zealand.  The paper can be downloaded here.  At St. John’s, Dean Cunningham teaches, among other things, Appellate Advocacy for students in the Moot Court Honor Society.

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