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TLC Podcast Episode 70: TLC Grad Ben Cloward Talks With a Juror from His Recent Trial

2020-07-26T19:36:37-06:00 July 24, 2020|TLC Podcast|

Have you ever wanted to talk to the jury after a trial? TLC podcast host Rafe Foreman recommends it, and in fact insists on it himself. Imagine the insights you could gain from talking to an actual juror about the trial. Today we have what is likely to be an epic podcast, and a first in TLC history. TLC Graduate Benjamin Cloward (TLC Sept 2013) recently won a $38 million unanimous verdict for an inadequate or negligent security case in Las Vegas, Nevada. Today Ben and one of the jurors on the case join Rafe to give you a few key insights into the trial, her role and experience as a juror, and Ben’s own unique interpretation of how TLC [...]

TLC Podcast Episode 69: Renee Stackhouse on Applying TLC Voir Dire Methods In and Out of the Courtroom

2020-07-19T20:40:58-06:00 July 17, 2020|TLC Podcast|

“If there’s one takeaway from this entire thing, it’s if you’re arguing, you’re losing. No matter where you are in life -- whether it’s a courtroom or with your significant other or your best friend or a complete stranger -- if you’re arguing, you’re already down the wrong path, so take a deep breath, count to ten, and start over.” TLC graduate and faculty member Renee Stackhouse (TLC Sept 2012) visits with host Rafe Foreman about the transformative power of TLC voir dire methods, both in and out of the courtroom. Renee is a serious force in San Diego’s legal community, recognized equally for her tenacity, diligence, legal knowledge, and exceptional trial skills. As an advocate, Renee is lauded for [...]

TLC Podcast Episode 68: TLC Faculty Member Greg Westfall on Forging Connections in Criminal Defense Cases

2020-07-11T13:38:29-06:00 July 10, 2020|TLC Podcast|

"How you spell love with your clients is exactly how you spell love with your kids. T-I-M-E. And if I’ve got to go and sit in a holdover with my client and get his story, I will." TLC Podcast host Rafe Foreman interviews TLC graduate, trial lawyer, and faculty member Greg Westfall on the transformative power of TLC methods in preparing for and trying a criminal defense case. In this wide-ranging interview, Greg discusses the importance of meeting your clients where they are, rather than trying to make them fit an expectation. "People will sense if you don’t like them or are afraid of them. You have to love them. If you do, then you’re thinking about them – what [...]

TLC Podcast Episode 67: Ginger Ortiz on Expanding our Cultural Competence

2020-07-02T12:43:03-06:00 June 30, 2020|TLC Podcast|

TLC alumna Ginger Ortiz (TLC Sept 2011) takes us through a deep exercise on getting in touch with our humanness. Through her own experience, she carefully guides us to help find the source in ourselves, our clients, and those we serve. She cheerfully reminds us that we must be vigilant in working on the mission statement to be inclusive worldwide. "As we all learn together, and as we all grow together, it's really individual growth that is the most transformative,” Ginger says. Using her own brilliant example, we learn about shaking up the "snow globe." According to Ginger, "Once we start working, once we begin, things start to happen." Exploring what is in your "snow globe" is often difficult, but [...]

TLC Podcast Episode 66: Exoneree Darryl Burton Issues a Challenge to TLC Alumni

2020-06-23T20:32:49-06:00 June 23, 2020|TLC Podcast|

Tick tock, tick tock, drip, drip, drip. For over 25 years, these sounds and the screams of mankind -- literal screams, the kind you cannot forget -- disturbed this week's special guest from his peace. Darryl Burton served hard time for a murder he did not commit. The compelling story of how he survived to walk free is an epic tale, but in his life today Darryl draws upon the experiences of the past to give others a brighter future. Today he follows a different calling -- the eternal call of faith in God. A preacher and a freedom fighter, Darryl spends his days visiting Covid-19 patients, inmates, and those who need a little faith. His nonprofit organization, The Miracle [...]

TLC Podcast Episode 65: TLC Board Member Milton Grimes on the Struggle for Racial Justice

2020-06-17T11:16:21-06:00 June 16, 2020|TLC Podcast|

Milton Grimes is a true American treasure. He is perhaps best known for his representation of Rodney King, whose savage beating at the hands of police, followed by the acquittal of the officers involved, sparked the 1991 LA riots. In addition to being a long-time TLC faculty member and serving on the TLC board of directors, Milton is still a very active community activist for freedom and civil rights for all. He recently marched in California with his daughter to show support for those who have been oppressed and killed with a knee in their neck. Milton decries racism and cites a recent statement signed by all nine justices of the Washington Supreme Court challenging the legal community to take [...]

Trial Lawyers College Statement of Support For Black Lives Matter

2020-06-22T17:42:39-06:00 June 11, 2020|TLC Blog|

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. There must be a reform of the nation’s police, which the American power structure has allowed to avoid accountability. There must be a reform of the criminal justice system that presently permits racially biased prosecutors to prosecute the innocent or disproportionately seek longer prison terms or worse, the death penalty for people of color. So, too, there must be reform that stops prosecutors from functionally determining case outcomes from the charges they choose to file, the bond they choose to demand, and when and how to offer pleas to indigent defendants who are disproportionately people of color. There must be reform of and accountability of a judiciary in which judges may exercise racial bias in setting bond, in sentencing, in revoking probation, and in jury selection decisions.

TLC Podcast Episode 64: Ashley Parris on Keeping the Fire

2020-06-11T16:02:49-06:00 June 9, 2020|TLC Podcast|

"No one can put my fire out but me. And I choose not to put my fire out. And our group has chosen not to put our fire out. Instead we have chosen to continue to use our fire to light other fires." Host Rafe Foreman talks with TLC alumni and faculty member Ashley Parris (TLC 2008) about how 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 [...]

TLC Podcast Episode 63: Caroline Durham on the Stone Catcher’s Path

2020-06-02T20:20:04-06:00 June 1, 2020|TLC Podcast|

"We are in fact stone catchers. People are stoning the people that we work for - our clients - and we're there to catch those stones and stop them, and let them be seen as people and treated like they ought to be." 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 [...]

TLC Podcast Episode 62: TLC Board Member JR Clary on the Importance of Story

2020-05-25T20:16:33-06:00 May 25, 2020|TLC Podcast|

"The College will always have that psychodramatic underpinning, that self-discovery and true knowledge of self, coupled with love,  the most powerful thing there is. You can be who you are and be powerful. You don't have to be anybody else. You are enough." 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 [...]

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