Periaktos Productions L.L.C.

PUT SOME DRAMA INTO YOUR CLE ...

 ... with our entertaining CLE movie webcasts and Video on Demand (VOD)! Since 1994 Periaktos Productions, L.L.C., the dramatic difference in CLE, produces entertaining and engaging CLE Theatre productions on ethics and professionalism. Since 1994 we have presented CLE Theatre programs to more than 150 satisfied client organizations around the country and our programs remain unique and unduplicated anywhere in the CLE industry.

Our productions have been acclaimed, not only for their educational content, but also as exceptional entertainment. Over the past sixteen years, Periaktos Productions has had a significant impact on the landscape of Continuing Legal Education and, at the same time, maintained its impeccable theatrical reputation. From the company's inception, the mission has been, first and foremost, to create theatrically viable and engaging works which simultaneously contain profound educational components. Universally, the productions are met with accolades such as "spellbinding" and "powerful." The American Bar Association selected Thurgood Marshall's Coming! to receive an Honorable Mention Award in Theater at the 2005 Silver Gavel Awards Competition for Media and the Arts.

Our name is derived from "periaktoid," a three-sided scenic unit used in the ancient Greek theatre … that suggests our three primary goals. First and foremost, we want to entertain, which literally means, "to hold between." Only by engaging attendees can a "classroom" activity move from a passive experience to one in which true learning occurs. Secondly, we strive to educate our audiences, which, in the classical sense means "to draw out." We want to evoke ideas and responses to the issues and situations we present and facilitate dialogue about them - not instruct or indoctrinate audiences with our own opinions. Lastly, we hope to enlighten our audiences, which means to "reveal truths." In the broader sense this means helping attendees to acquire new wisdom and/or understanding of situations to help them see options more clearly. Playwright Sidney Michaels wrote, "In the dark of the theatre we remember ourselves." Things are not always what they appear to be and the theatre is a wonderful way to lend a bit of insight and look at what's below the surface. In the end we hope that our programs provide an opportunity for lawyers to learn about themselves and explore their own ethical foundations by looking at the lives of others.

Our movies have been professionally filmed and feature a post-performance panel of prominent jurists discussing the ethical and justice issues presented. The webcasts also include a live Chat Room to further discuss the issues.  Please visit with us if you have comments or questions about our CLE Movie webcasts. We’d like YOU to enjoy both the show AND your CLE experience!

Graham Thatcher

Graham Thatcher is the Artistic Director and primary performer for Periaktos Productions. Since appearing in his first acting role at five years of age, Graham has performed in or directed over 150 community, university and professional theatre productions. He is the co-author and solo performer in Clarence Darrow: Crimes, Causes and the Courtroom, Maxims, Monarchy and Sir Thomas More and Impeach Justice Douglas! from Periaktos Productions. He is the co-author and director of Thurgood Marshall's Coming! and Ben Franklin on Ethics. Graham has authored several other theatrical plays, including commissioned works and The Mask of the Jaguar, about the cultural clash between the Maya and Europeans during the Spanish Conquest.

Over the past thirty-five years Graham has engaged students of all ages in university classrooms, business board rooms and convention meeting spaces. He serves as a communications consultant to businesses and individuals and is the co-creator and presenter of Periaktos Productions' CLE programs, "Word of Mouth: A Workshop in the Art and Ethics of Oral Communication for Lawyers." He holds a B.A. from San Francisco State University, an M.A. in Theatre from the University of South Dakota and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota. He has been listed in Who's Who in American Education and Outstanding American Educators, and is a recipient of the Governor's Award from the Minnesota Council on Quality.

Anna Marie Thatcher

Anna Marie Thatcher is the Managing Producer for Periaktos Productions and occasionally appears on stage. She is an attorney and has worked for thirty-five years with artists and visual and performing arts organizations as an arts consultant, producer and director. She is the co-author and producer for all Periaktos programs and is also the director of Clarence Darrow: Crimes, Causes and the Courtroom, Maxims, Monarchy and Sir Thomas More and Impeach Justice Douglas!

Anna Marie is a licensed member of the Minnesota Bar, and works with artists and nonprofit arts organizations. She holds a B.A. from Dakota Wesleyan University (Mitchell, SD), an MA in Theatre from the University of South Dakota, and a J.D. from Hamline University School of Law (St. Paul, Minnesota). She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Minnesota Bar Association and ACLEA (Association of Continuing Legal Education) and is listed in Who's Who in American Law. Anna Marie also produces and manages music and performing arts events, inlcuding the 2012 South Dakota Acoustic Christmas Tourand serves as Immediate Past President on the Board of the Black Hills Playhouse Alumni Association, on the Advisory Board of the Black Hills Film Festival, and on the Board of Arts Rapid City, Inc.
 
Graham and Anna Marie make their home in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

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Clarence Darrow: Crimes, Causes and the Courtroom

Featuring Graham Thatcher, Ph.D., Barry R. Vickrey, Professor of Ethics and Former Dean of the University of South Dakota School of Law (Vermillion, SD), John M. Stuart, Retired State Public Defender (Minneapolis, MN), Charles "Charlie" Abourezk, Partner, Abourezk Law Firm (Rapid City, SD), Alicia Garcia, Partner, Abourezk & Garcia (Rapid City, SD)

They called him "Attorney for the Damned ... and he was! More

CLE Credits: 3 to 3.6 (Depends on 50 or 60 Min State)
September 24, 2014 12:00 PM EDT
December 17, 2014 12:00 PM EST

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Maxims, Monarchy and Sir Thomas More

Featuring Graham Thatcher, Ph.D., Brian T. Guthrie, ESQ., Of Counsel, Mattioni, LTD (Philadelphia, PA), Barry R. Vickrey, Professor of Ethics and Former Dean of the University of South Dakota School of Law (Vermillion, SD), John M. Stuart, Retired State Public Defender (Minneapolis, MN), Alicia Garcia, Partner, Abourezk & Garcia (Rapid City, SD)

In 1535 one lawyer chose personal conscience over public loyalty and so threatened those in power that they killed him! More

CLE Credits: 2 to 2.7 (Depends on 50 or 60 Min State)
November 26, 2014 12:00 PM EST

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Thurgood Marshalls Coming!

Featuring T. Mychael Rambo, John M. Stuart, Retired State Public Defender (Minneapolis, MN), Marie A. Failinger, Professor of Law, Hamline University School of Law (St. Paul, MN), Donald M. Lewis, Halleland, Lewis, Nilan & Johnson (Minneapolis, MN)

He wanted JUSTICE and EQUALITY Under the Law. Was that too much to ask? More

CLE Credits: 2.5 to 3 (Depends on 50 or 60 Min State)
October 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT
December 10, 2014 12:00 PM EST

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Impeach Justice Douglas!

Featuring Graham Thatcher, Ph.D., Brian T. Guthrie, ESQ., Of Counsel, Mattioni, LTD (Philadelphia, PA), Barry R. Vickrey, Professor of Ethics and Former Dean of the University of South Dakota School of Law (Vermillion, SD), John M. Stuart, Retired State Public Defender (Minneapolis, MN), Charles "Charlie" Abourezk, Partner, Abourezk Law Firm (Rapid City, SD)

His passions were protection of the environment, civil rights, freedom of speech and the right of the individual to non-conformity and dissent! More

CLE Credits: 3 to 3.6 (Depends on 50 or 60 Min State)
November 19, 2014 12:00 PM EST

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Lincoln On Professionalism

Featuring Atlanta Bar Association and Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism in Georgia , Brian T. Guthrie, ESQ., Of Counsel, Mattioni, LTD (Philadelphia, PA), Barry R. Vickrey, Professor of Ethics and Former Dean of the University of South Dakota School of Law (Vermillion, SD), John M. Stuart, Retired State Public Defender (Minneapolis, MN), Periaktos Productions, L.L.C. , (Producer of Panel Discussion)

ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S WORDS OF WISDOM FOR LAWYERS! More

CLE Credits: 1 to 1.5 (Depends on 50 or 60 Min State)
November 5, 2014 1:15 PM EST
December 29, 2014 1:15 PM EST

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The Art of Advocacy

Featuring Alan Blumenfeld and Katherine James, Co-Founders, ACT of Communication® (Los Angeles, CA)

AN ALL NEW AND UPDATED WORKSHOP FOR 2014! More

CLE Credits: 3 to 4 (Depends on 50 or 60 Min State)
October 8, 2014 12:00 PM EDT
December 3, 2014 12:00 PM EST

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Skills in Vocal Improvement

SPECIAL OFFER FOR LAWYERS/ACTORS ATTENDEES More


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Ben Franklin on Ethics

Featuring Christopher Lowell

Ben advises … “Search others for their virtues. Search thy self for thy vices” and challenges lawyers to put ethical considerations at the heart of legal practice. More

CLE Credits: 1 to 1.2 (Depends on 50 or 60 Min State, General Credit Only in MO)
November 5, 2014 12:00 PM EST
December 29, 2014 12:00 PM EST

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DOUBLE FEATURE CLE - Franklin and Lincoln

Ben Franklin and Lincoln in ONE Webcast! More

CLE Credits: 2 to 2.7 (Depends on 50 or 60 Min State), General Credit Only in MO for Franklin
November 5, 2014 12:00 PM EST
December 29, 2014 12:00 PM EST

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Thurgood Marshalls Coming! (VOD)

Featuring T. Mychael Rambo, John M. Stuart, Retired State Public Defender (Minneapolis, MN), Marie A. Failinger, Professor of Law, Hamline University School of Law (St. Paul, MN), Donald M. Lewis, Halleland, Lewis, Nilan & Johnson (Minneapolis, MN)

He wanted JUSTICE and EQUALITY Under the Law. Was that too much to ask? More

CLE Credits: 2 to 3 Hrs Self-Study (Depends on 50 or 60 Minute State)
Approved in: AL, AK, AZ, CA, CO (via reciprocity), LA, ME, MN (Pending), MO, MT, NV, OR, UT, VT, WA, WY

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  • $169.00
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Make Your Witness a STAR

Featuring Alan Blumenfeld and Katherine James, Co-Founders, ACT of Communication® (Los Angeles, CA)

What Lawyers Can Learn From Actors ... More

CLE Credits: 2 to 2.7 (Depends on 50 or 60 Minute State)
November 12, 2014 12:00 PM EST

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Ben Franklin on ETHICS (VOD)

Featuring Christopher Lowell

Ben advises … “Search others for their virtues. Search thy self for thy vices” and challenges lawyers to put ethical considerations at the heart of legal practice. More

CLE Credits: 1 to 1.2 Hrs Self-Study (Depends on 50 or 60 Minute State (General Credit Only in MO)
Approved in: AL, AK, AZ, CA, CO (via reciprocity), LA, ME, MN (Pending), MO, MT, NV, OR, UT, VT, WA, WY

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  • $85.00
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LINCOLN on Professionalism (VOD)

Featuring Atlanta Bar Association and Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism in Georgia , Brian T. Guthrie, ESQ., Of Counsel, Mattioni, LTD (Philadelphia, PA), Barry R. Vickrey, Professor of Ethics and Former Dean of the University of South Dakota School of Law (Vermillion, SD), John M. Stuart, Retired State Public Defender (Minneapolis, MN), Periaktos Productions, L.L.C. , (Producer of Panel Discussion)

ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S WORDS OF WISDOM FOR LAWYERS! More

CLE Credits: 1 to 1.5 Hrs Self Study (Depends on 50 or 60 Minute State)
Approved in: AL, AK, AZ, CA, CO (via reciprocity), LA, ME, MN (Pending), MO, MT, NV, OR, UT, VT, WA, WY

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  • $85.00
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CLARENCE DARROW: Crimes, Causes and the Courtoom (VOD)

Featuring Graham Thatcher, Ph.D., Brian T. Guthrie, ESQ., Of Counsel, Mattioni, LTD (Philadelphia, PA), Barry R. Vickrey, Professor of Ethics and Former Dean of the University of South Dakota School of Law (Vermillion, SD), John M. Stuart, Retired State Public Defender (Minneapolis, MN), Charles "Charlie" Abourezk, Partner, Abourezk Law Firm (Rapid City, SD), Alicia Garcia, Partner, Abourezk & Garcia (Rapid City, SD)

They called him "Attorney for the Damned" ... and he was! More

CLE Credits: 3 to 3.6 Hrs Self Study (Depends on 50 or 60 Minute State)
Approved in: AL, AK, AZ, CA, CO (via reciprocity), LA, ME, MN (Pending), MO, MT, NV, OR, UT, VT, WA, WY

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  • $169.00
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IMPEACH JUSTICE DOUGLAS! (VOD)

Featuring Graham Thatcher, Ph.D., Brian T. Guthrie, ESQ., Of Counsel, Mattioni, LTD (Philadelphia, PA), Barry R. Vickrey, Professor of Ethics and Former Dean of the University of South Dakota School of Law (Vermillion, SD), John M. Stuart, Retired State Public Defender (Minneapolis, MN), Charles "Charlie" Abourezk, Partner, Abourezk Law Firm (Rapid City, SD)

His passions were protection of the environment, civil rights, freedom of speech and the right of the individual to non-conformity and dissent! More

CLE Credits: 3 to 3.6 Hrs Self-Study (Depends on 50 or 60 Minute State)
Approved in: AL, AK, AZ, CA, CO (via reciprocity), LA, ME, MN (Pending), MO, MT, NV, OR, UT, VT, WA, WY

Register
  • $169.00
Preview

The Art of Advocacy (VOD)

Featuring Alan Blumenfeld and Katherine James, Co-Founders, ACT of Communication® (Los Angeles, CA)

What Can Lawyers Learn From Actors? More

CLE Credits: 3 to 3.6 Hrs Self-Study (Depends on 50 or 60 Minute State)
Approved in: AL, AK, AZ, CA, CO (via reciprocity), LA, ME, MN (Pending), MO, MT, NV, OR, UT, VT, WA, WY

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  • $169.00
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Maxims, Monarchy and Sir Thomas More (VOD)

Featuring Graham Thatcher, Ph.D., Brian T. Guthrie, ESQ., Of Counsel, Mattioni, LTD (Philadelphia, PA), Barry R. Vickrey, Professor of Ethics and Former Dean of the University of South Dakota School of Law (Vermillion, SD), John M. Stuart, Retired State Public Defender (Minneapolis, MN)

In 1535 one lawyer chose personal conscience over public loyalty and so threatened those in power that they killed him! More

CLE Credits: 2 to 2.7 Hrs Self-Study CLE (Depends on 50 or 60 Minute State)
Approved in: AL, AK, AZ, CA, CO (via reciprocity), LA, ME, MN (Pending), MO, MT, NV, OR, UT, VT, WA, WY

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  • $149.00
Preview

Make Your Witness a STAR! (VOD)

Featuring Alan Blumenfeld and Katherine James, Co-Founders, ACT of Communication® (Los Angeles, CA)

More of What Lawyers Can Learn From Actors ... More

CLE Credits: 2 to 2.4 Hrs Self-Study (Depends on 50 or 60 Minute State)
Approved in: AL, AK, AZ, CA, CO (via reciprocity), LA, ME, MN, MO, MT, NV, OR, UT, VT, WA, WY

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  • $149.00