Attorneys are used to facing tough audiences, however douglas lief apparently can't get enough. While the 27-yr-vintage accomplice at bowman and brooke in gardena finishes his day job, he often spends his weekend nights at ultimate improv in westwood, wherein he's been a troupe member considering that his undergrad days at ucla. A self-confessed "theater geek" at some stage in his high college days in laguna beach, lief says he did no longer want to main in theater in university, but he did want to "preserve flexing that muscle." improv become the precise answer. He says it has proved valuable in his regulation career as well. "in improv, of path, you do not know what is going to pop out of the alternative individual's mouth," he says. "you're usually coping with the surprising." at the same time, he explains, you are required to take some thing your companions introduce into a skit and upload to it. This ‘sure and ...' element of improv is a useful talent to have within the prison career, specially in unrehearsed conditions which includes depositions. "in both improv and regulation, you cannot combat what the information are," lief says. "you have as a way to roll with the instances. On the same time, you learn to use each talent at your disposal to steer the communication inside the path that you want it to head." lief does not backpedal from hard audiences in comedy or regulation. Humor, he says, is a terrific tool for connecting with a jury or even a choose, however handiest while the right situation presents itself. "if you could make a decide snigger, it truly is appropriate, however it's a unstable proposition," he says. "it can blow up on you, and then it turns into comedy without the comedy. All at once, you're forged as the guy at the birthday celebration that no person wants to hang around." in law, as in comedy, timing is the entirety.