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MISSION STATEMENT: The Trial Lawyer's 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 Lawyer's 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.

Latest News



June 14, 2018 - Greg Westfall, TLC’s Criminal Defense Seminar Co-Leader, Expands on Course Structure and Take-Aways

Since the number of death penalty cases has decreased, TLC decided to retool the course to look at the guilt innocent cases since there are roughly 100,000 people incarcerated across the nation doing life without parole, which to most people equates to death. “When the state waives the death penalty, what usually happens is the person on trial will get an automatic life sentence. In Texas, if the state waives the death penalty, which it does in the vast majority of cases, then the punishment is automatic. There’s no punishment phase. There’s no story to be told. There’s a standup, you get life without parole.”  Read More...

June 7, 2018 - TLC-Trained Solo Trial Lawyer, John Shepardson and Team Fought State Government Corruption and Won Justice for Beleaguered Client

Shepardson and Team in Los Gatos, California, fought against Caltrans, a state bureaucracy with approximately 20,000 employees and 148 people in its legal division and won a favorable 605K for his client after she endured government corruption, sexual harassment, and an extremely hostile work environment. Read John's Story...





May 31, 2018 - Episode 36: Behind the Scenes of a Medical Malpractice Case with TLC Faculty Member, Eric Fong

Eric Fong talks about a medical malpractice case that had quite an impact on him due to the circumstances of all the problems this case had interwoven into it. But in the end, a couple weeks before trial, he listened to his heart and went in a different direction than anticipated and got the needed justice for his deserving client. Listen to episode 36 here!

May 4, 2018 - Episode 35: TLC Psychodramatists Explain the Importance of Psychodrama in the Courtroom

Missy Adrian, TLC's Alumni Relations Assistant talks with two of TLC's Psychodramatists, Mike Traynor and Louise Lipman on the importance of Psychodrama in the courtroom. Listen in as Mike and Louise deconstruct the meaning of Psychodrama and how the techniques used in a law practice helps trials and case preparation. Listen in here!



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2018 Courses 

Date Location Topic
 January 19-21, 2018 Nashville, Annapolis, Alaska  Opening Statement Regional Seminar
 February 9-11, 2018 Minnesota, New Mexico, Florida   Opening Statement Regional Seminar
 March 2-4, 2018 Newport Beach, CA  Voir Dire
 April 12-15, 2018 Hunt, Texas  Discovering the Story Regional Seminar
 May 25-28, 2018 Thunderhead Ranch  Ranch Club Work Weekend
 June 5-11, 2018 Thunderhead Ranch  Psychodrama Workshop
 June 19-27, 2018 Thunderhead Ranch  Criminal Defense Seminar: In Defense of the Damned
 July 8-31, 2018 Thunderhead Ranch  July 3-Week College Course
 August 6-13, 2018 Thunderhead Ranch  Graduate Course 1
 August 19-26, 2018 Thunderhead Ranch  Graduate Course 2
 September 11- October 4, 2018 Thunderhead Ranch  September 3-Week College Course
 October 25-28, 2018 Leavenworth, WA  Closing Argument Regional Seminar