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David Ball


Trial lawyers are certainly performers and much has been made of one's acting techniques in delivering an opening statement or closing argument. But no one has focused the experience and understanding of theatre so laser sharply on the practice of law as former theatre director, playwright, screenwriter, and professor David Ball. What a treat to discuss the plays of Chekhov or the absurdity of Becket at a conference on jury selection. His portrait demanded informality, intensity, humor, tragedy, and balance.

Portrait of David Ball.
Ball, David. 16" x 20". 2016. Collection of Malekpour and Ball. Durham, NC. Portrait on canvas. Commissioned by HMR Funding, Dean Chase.

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