Welcome to the Original Trial Lawyers College

The Trial Lawyers College is dedicated to training and educating lawyers and judges who are committed to the jury system and to representing and obtaining justice for individuals; the poor, the injured, the forgotten, the voiceless, the defenseless and the damned, and to protecting the rights of such people from corporate and government oppression.

In all of its activities, the Trial Lawyers College will foster and nourish an open atmosphere of caring for people regardless of their race, age, creed, religion, national origin, physical abilities, gender or sexual orientation.


Black Lives Matter

Trial Lawyers College Statement of Support for Black Lives Matter

The Trial Lawyers College supports the millions of citizens who are protesting the most recent murder of another African-American person, George Floyd, by a police state that too often demonstrates racial violence resulting in serious injury or death. Protests and marches have previously occurred when police have abused their power, to the injury, incarceration and death of people of color; but the present protests are far more extensive and lasting longer. Previous protests resulted in very little change. Now, finally, the time is ripe for much-needed change.

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Latest News


April 10, 2020

Rescheduled Course Dates, 2021 Schedule

Our hearts are with all of you as we collectively continue to work through the uncertainty and trepidation of the Covid-19 crisis. We wish you and yours health and healing in the weeks to come.
Many of you have asked about the rescheduling of our canceled programs. We have been able to reschedule some of our canceled March and April courses for the fall, and have worked ahead into next year to schedule regional courses and colleges for 2021. 



June 10, 2020

Ashley Parris on Keeping the Fire

Ashley Parris (TLC 2008) shares some of the ways TLC alumni and faculty are developing innovative working and teaching methods to cope with and transcend the challenges of recent months. Ashley joined the faculty team of the Trial Lawyers College in 2017, and in this episode describes how she connected with other TLC faculty and alumni to process individual and collective anxiety and stress, and how the group was inspired to reach out and help others.

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June 1, 2020

Caroline Durham on the Stone Catcher's Path

In this timely episode, host Rafe Foreman talks with TLC alumni and faculty member Caroline Durham (TLC Sept 2014) about the stone catcher's path. Caroline uses her wit and wisdom in sharing her perspective that we are vibrational beings and how we can reach across time and distance to relate to one another. "We are never really separated from one another unless we choose to be," Caroline says.

Caroline's concept of "Sacred Friends" (they're not who you think!) will cause you to ponder your next move.

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May 25, 2020

TLC Board Member JR Clary on the Importance of Story

TLC Board member JR Clary talks openly with host Rafe Foreman about story and its importance. “A story must be told in a way that allows the listener to understand that from my own human experience I can connect to the story you are telling. It awakens within me feelings of, for example, betrayal, or hurt or pain or immense joy. And because your story is awakening that feeling within me, we are like two piano strings that once one has been struck, the other resonates."

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May 19, 2020

Artist Janie Lowe on Telling Your Client's Story Through Art

In May of 2019, Janie traveled from her home in Portland to get a first-hand view of the people and the environment along the border between Texas and Mexico. Her travels took her from Brownsville to El Paso, donating supplies and volunteering at respite centers, visiting with landowners, and seeking to understand and capture the struggle for survival along the Rio Grande river.

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May 11, 2020

TLC President John Sloan on the Strength of the Trial Lawyers College

TLC President John Sloan shares his belief in psychodrama as the bedrock of the Trial Lawyers College, and as an essential tool in connecting with clients and jurors. "The surprising thing is that through the psychodramatic method, you're going to find something in common with everyone."

John first discovered psychodrama at the Trial Lawyers College in 1998, more than 18 years into his practice. "I had had some success by then, but I realized at TLC that I really didn't know very much about what was available to me in the practice of law. I didn't understand the power that could be at my beck and call if I was willing to put in the work to...discover the story, discover the emotion of the story, to learn to love even the unlovable client."

John describes the challenges the Trial Lawyers College faces in planning seminars and colleges in the midst of a pandemic and discusses how the College might evolve in the future, from video conferencing to offering more advanced training at regional seminars. "We have an incredible staff committed to our method, who have worked their butts off for years in continuing our method, perfecting it, and figuring out better ways to teach it. The Trial Lawyers College is strong, is going to continue, and is going to be better."

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 May 4, 2020

Bruce Phillips on Thriving During Tough Times

TLC grad Bruce Phillips (TLC 2006) discusses the idea of conducting online focus groups in addition to traditional face-to-face sessions. The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic made the move to online essential and helped to promote broader use and improvements to web meeting technology. "While we're all sitting at home during this period of isolation, who else is sitting at home? Jurors!" Bruce says, encouraging his fellow TLC alum to explore this new opportunity. "Many of the TLC techniques can still be used in the online videoconferencing setting."

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April 28, 2020

TLC Psychodramatist Don Clarkson on Letting Yourself Out of Jail

In this episode, Don talks about depression, his life and his hopes as he shares intimate solutions that may just be the answer you seek. He shares his perspective on how a crisis like COVID-19 can be an opportunity for self-reflection. “I think pain is our greatest teacher. I think it is the growth producer in our life,” Don says.

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April 13, 2020

Dr. Ben Edwards on the Crossroads of Medicine and the Law

In this wide-ranging interview, Dr. Edwards shares his observations about the US healthcare system, describing it as having the worst outcomes of any first-world nation, despite the highest spending on healthcare. He calls for a shift in the medical education system toward a more integrated, holistic model over the current pharmaceutical model, saying, “we need a new model that focuses on outcomes. There is not another industry that would accept the outcome statistics the healthcare industry has in this country. We get the worst outcomes and spend the most doing it.”

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January 9, 2020

2019 TLC2 Grad Jeremy D'Amico Shares the Challenging Case that Led to a Family Given Justice

"The most challenging aspect of this case was trying to see things from Gabe’s perspective. He had extremely limited use of language and was not able to communicate verbally what was going on in his head. You can’t ask him what’s wrong. He can’t tell you. Once I felt that I grasped his life, I was able to more effectively select jurors, to craft questions of witnesses, and to communicate his changed life and connect with the jurors in closing.

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2020 Regionals, Courses and Colleges

*2020 Registrations and Applications are Open!

 Click the button below for an interactive Course Registration Map featuring TLC's 2020 courses with venue and location details.




2020 Courses

September 2020

TLC-2 September College


October 2020

Cross Examination

  Virtual Course

October 8-11, 2020



Voir Dire

  Virtual Course

October 22-25, 2020

November 2020

F Warrior Annual Retreat

November 13-15, 2020

The Lodge
Santa Fe, NM

December 2020

Discover the Story of your Case

  Virtual Course

December 3-6, 2020

2021 Courses

March 2021

Closing Argument

March 25-28

Hampton Inn Convention Center, New Orleans, LA

April 2021


April 23-25

Hyatt Regency, Newport Beach, CA



Trial Skills Foundation

June 5-11

Venue TBD

In Defense of the Damned

June 21-29

Venue TBD


July 3-Week College

July 8-31

Venue TBD


Graduate 1 - SOLD OUT

August 8-15

Graduate 2 - SOLD OUT

August 22-29

Venue TBD



September 3-Week College

Sept. 9 - Oct. 2

Venue TBD


Opening Statement

October 21-24

Sleeping Lady Resort, Leavenworth, WA