Shakespeare in the Law





Fun and entertaining way to obtain the required credits.  Arizona lawyers have annual CLE reporting requirements:  educational cycle is July 1 to the following June 30.  Each lawyer, unless exempted, must acquire a total of 15 hours of CLE, of which 3 of those hours must be in professional responsibility.  Why not have fun while obtaining these CLE requirements?  And…have theatre tickets too!


Three sessions – Two convenient locations:

Monday, April 23; 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM  AND  

Wednesday, April 25 from 9 AM – 12 PM       

ASU Beus Center for Law & Society

Sandra Day O’Connor Law School, Room 544 111 East Taylor Street  Phoenix, AZ 85004




• Any group of 10 or more lawyers who register together will be given a 20% discount (ten (10) seats for $1000, a savings of $20 per seat!)



Sessions are interactive beginning with a brief synopsis of “The Merchant of Venice” to assure that all participants have a working knowledge of the major plot points and characters.  Seasoned actors from Southwest Shakespeare perform key scenes from the play.  Vignettes will be used to frame the discussion of legal principles and ethics.

Curt Tofteland, founding Artistic Director of Shakespeare Behind Bars, will facilitate the discussion.  His deep knowledge of Shakespeare’s text and experience working with inmates in the penal system make him uniquely qualified to lead our discussion.  Curt will work in tandem with a panel of lawyers who will assure that material covered is relevant to Ethics CLE credit and the Arizona Bar Association.  All participants are encouraged to participate in the discussion and play an active part throughout the session.


The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA developed one of the first CLE classes specifically for lawyers in Virginia and shared their concept, materials and information with Southwest Shakespeare Company (SSC) to develop a similar program adhering to AZ Bar Association requirements.  Last spring SSC  beta-tested this program to the delight of a group of lawyers and judges at Bowman & Brooke LLP.  All attending agreed this program was an entertaining and worthwhile way for Arizona lawyers to obtain CLE credits studying ethics – via Shakespeare.





Southwest Shakespeare Company (SSC) is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1994.  For Ticket orders:;   For additional information, please call SSC at (480) 435-6868 or visit: