We invite you to join VECINA on May 13, 2022 at 12:00 PM CST for an Introduction to Storytelling CLE.

As immigration practitioners, we often create checklists instead of scenes, providing bland facts instead of painting pictures for judges and USCIS adjudicators. But judges and adjudicators are people, too, and the human brain is wired for story and not checklists.

This CLE will begin by discussing the neuroscience of storytelling. Why does storytelling matter in immigration law? Once we have laid the foundation for storytelling, we will have an interactive discussion about specific storytelling techniques in the context of asylum cases.


Erich Straub

Immigration Attorney, Straub Immigration

Erich C. Straub is an attorney concentrating in family-based immigration and deportation defense. He has been licensed since 1994. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2006, including being named “Lawyer of the Year” for Milwaukee in 2016 and 2018. He served on the AILA Board of Governors from 2007 to 2009. He is a former public defender and a founding members of the annual Trial College at the Clinic at Sharma-Crawford.

Professor Cathren Page

Associate Professor of Law, Mercer Law

Cathren Page is a tenured Associate Professor of Law at Mercer Law where she teaches legal writing courses. Her scholarship focuses on applied legal storytelling and has been published in legal publications, including the top 10% of Law Reviews. She is a member of the Legal Writing Institute, where she is co-chair of the new member committee.

Date and Time

The date and time of this CLE is May 13, 2022 from 12:00-1:30 central standard time.


The cost for this CLE is $50.


This event is virtual.

CLE Credit

This CLE is approved for 1.5 standard hours of credit in the State of Texas.