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Cherub Improv Partners with New York City Bar Association
Will Provide Offbeat Interactive Role Play and Workshops for Lawyers and Lawyers-To-Be
By: Cherub Improv
While the volunteer performers of Cherub Improv, or “Cherubs” as they are affectionately known, typically perform for hospitalized adults and children, people living with HIV/AIDS, people living with cancer, veterans, and senior citizens, the event for solo practitioners and attorneys at small law firms could also be viewed as a vital public service, according to Jonathan Evan Goldberg, President and Co-Founder of the non-profit organization -- and an attorney himself.
“Studies show that lawyers experience depression and substance abuse at higher rates than the general population,”
Cherub Improv will also partner with the New York City Bar Association as part of its upcoming “Boot Camp” Basic Training for Lawyers, leading an improv workshop in Manhattan for current law students and recent law school graduates on October 2, 2014. This unique event will feature improvisational exercises to help participants develop essential skills for securing a job, practicing law, and developing business, including “listening, teamwork, confidence, empathy, creativity, and the ability to think on one’s feet,” according to Goldberg, a litigation and employment law partner at Vandenberg & Feliu, LLP. In between exercises, Goldberg will mentor participants and provide tips and insights based on his nearly 20 years of law practice.
Goldberg says the idea for this workshop developed organically. “Earlier this year we partnered with the Hope Program in Brooklyn to begin providing monthly interview training for unemployed people from all walks of life, many of whom have wrestled with substance abuse or been formerly incarcerated;
Goldberg is excited by Cherub Improv’s partnership with the City Bar. “Despite their proximity in the dictionary, the words ‘lawyer’ and ‘laughter’
Indeed, on the heels of the organization’
“We recently celebrated our 7 year anniversary and have just begun to scratch the surface of making a positive difference in the world,” said Goldberg.
For more information on Cherub Improv and its Fourth-Annual Winter Gala, please visit: http://www.cherubimprov.org/#!
For information on the New York Bar Association’
For information about the NYC Bar Small Law Firm Symposium and the improv role play and panel discussion for solo law practitioners and employees of small law firms, please visit: http://bit.ly/
About Cherub Improv:
Cherub Improv, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, delivers comedy to places where residents often do not have the opportunity to attend off-site cultural events. Through ongoing partnerships with hospitals, youth development groups, retirement communities, cancer support organizations, and others, Cherub Improv’s volunteers perform interactive comedy shows and lead educational workshops for audiences including veterans, senior citizens, runaway teens, hospital patients, and adults and children living with cancer. Since its inception in April 2007, over 200 volunteer performers have successfully completed over 1,000 free improv comedy events for over 10,000 audience members. Cherub Improv was founded in 2007 by attorney Jonathan Evan Goldberg, Dr. Steve Van Ooteghem, and producer Joy Copeland Purver.
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