Sonya Hamlin, president of Sonya Hamlin Communications, is a nationally recognized expert in communications. She is a pioneer in the field of courtroom communication, having created that course at the Harvard Law School in 1978. She lectures worldwide and works on cases with law firms, consulting on juries and advocacy skills, preparing witnesses, developing strategies, and creating visual presentations of evidence. Her landmark book What Makes Juries Listen has completed ten printings, and her book and tapes What Makes Juries Listen Today is now a classic.
She hosted and co-produced the daily TV talk show The Sonya Hamlin Show, and she has directed, written, and produced television documentaries. She has an ongoing role as a jury and communications expert on network television, commenting on highly visible cases such as O.J. Simpson, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Clinton impeachment, and Michael Jackson. She appears regularly on network television, analyzing current trials as well as discussing political debates and other media communication issues. Awards include two Emmys, the declaration of Sonya Hamlin Day by the mayor of Boston, an honorary doctorate, and the International Japan Prize for Educational TV for her PBS series Meet the Arts.
Hamlin also conducts seminars worldwide and consults privately with many corporations, including American Express, Bristol-Myers, Squibb, Citigroup, CIGNA, DuPont, Ernst & Young, IBM, Monsanto, MTV, Nickelodeon, Sony, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the U.S. government. Her new book How to Talk So People Listen: Connecting in Today’s Workplace was published in 2006.
Hamlin began her communication careers as a performer and chairman of Radcliffe’s dance department. She attended Julliard and earned BS and MA degrees from New York University. She taught communications skills at Harvard’s Law School, the Kennedy School of Government and Graduate School of Education, Boston University’s Medical School and the School of Public Communication, as well as Oxford and Cambridge Universities.