Paul Morella

Paul Morella has performed professionally in regional theater, film, television and radio for over 30 years. A multiple Helen Hayes Award nominee, his extensive credits include more than 50 leading roles in over 100 professional productions, from classical to contemporary, as well as 21 world premieres. His film and television credits include: The Pelican Brief (with Julia Roberts), The Replacements, The Hunley, Diner, and That Night, as well as recurring roles on The Wire, Homicide: Life On The Streets, America’s Most Wanted, and The District.

In addition, Mr. Morella has been presenting Clarence Darrow for over a decade in the critically acclaimed one-person show, A Passion for Justice; An Encounter with Clarence Darrow. He has performed the show before some of the most elite and prestigious trial lawyers, law firms, legal organizations and law schools in the country (including three appearances at WCL), in venues ranging from hotel ballrooms, classrooms, outdoor amphitheatres, courtrooms, churches, resorts, a beach club, a winery, and even a hunting club in Center, Texas (on behalf of Jack Ruby’s lawyer, Joe Tonahill, and the society formed in his name). He was invited by Tom Girardi (Erin Brockovich’s lawyer) to present the show for the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, on a bill that included Heidi Fleiss, James Carville and Tony Bennett, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Most recently, the show enjoyed a sold-out run at Everyman Theatre in Baltimore, following an extended run at the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts the previous year.

An MFA (Acting) graduate of Catholic University, Mr. Morella also conducts seminars and workshops on the art of persusasion for law firms and legal organizations across the country, and has been and has been participating in the Trial Advocacy Program at the Washington College of Law for over 15 years.

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