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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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – Rescheduled Course Dates, 2021 Schedule

2020-04-14T13:09:03-06:00 April 10, 2020|TLC Blog|

September 2020 3-Week College July 2020 College applicants do not have to resubmit an application to be considered for the September 2020 College. We will roll those over for you. September 2020 College applicants have until May 26 to fill out and submit an application. There is no time like the present to submit your application or encourage your colleagues to do so, while you are at home and have more time to be reflective and thoughtful with your answers. Grad 1, Grad 2 and Indigent Representation Students who have been accepted to Grad 1, Grad 2, and Indigent Representation for 2020 do not have to reapply for these same programs in 2021. We will save your seats and look [...]

Do TLC’s Cross-Examination Methods Really Make a Difference? An Alaska Case Study

2020-02-26T19:38:55-07:00 February 28, 2020|TLC Blog|

Public defender and TLC graduate Regan Williams spent the last two weeks of January in Bethel, Alaska, trying a homicide case with Andrew Dunmire. Their client, a young Native Alaskan, had shot an unarmed man with a high-powered rifle. Regan's role included cross-examination of a young man who witnessed the conflict which led up to the shooting. Regan had no opportunity to interview this young man before trial, so his preparation for this cross-examination followed TLC methods of reversing roles with the witness to explore the witness' motivations. Thus Regan was ready to question this witness from a place of understanding the pressures the witness felt in his community. Under Regan's questions, the witness admitted that the deceased attacked the [...]

2019 TLC2 Grad, Jeremy D’Amico Shares his Challenging Case in Connecticut that Lead to a Family Given Justice

2020-01-03T16:14:46-07:00 January 9, 2020|TLC Blog|

Written and shared by Jeremy D'Amico, TLC2 2019 September Graduate. Jeremy is a licensed trial lawyer in Connecticut and Florida practicing exclusively in the areas of plaintiff's Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Product Liability, and Nursing Home Negligence. Dear Warriors, I hope this finds you well. I want to share with you all some details about the journey of my recent $23,050,000 jury verdict out of Connecticut, one of the largest personal injury verdicts in Connecticut's history. The Bus Crash In June of 2015, Gabe, a child with autism, was riding on the school bus home. It was a sunny summer day, the sky dotted with clouds, and the air, crisp. The bus pulled out from the school and two cars [...]

San Diego TLC Trial Lawyer, Omid Rejali, Dedicates His Record-Breaking Verdict to the Trial Lawyers College

2020-04-21T19:36:44-06:00 October 24, 2019|TLC Blog|

  "I have always said and will continue to say that TLC changed my life for the good, forever. I attended my first regional in January 2017 and have attended two subsequent regionals since. I have not had the pleasure of attending the 3-week college but will certainly do so in the near future. This verdict and many more to come are all dedicated to the college. It all came about by nothing other than pure LOVE for my client." - Omid Rejali, TLC Seminar Student Omid Rejali is a TLC student who opened his criminal and civil practice, Rejali Law Firm, in San Diego right after passing the bar in 2014. He attended his first TLC seminar in 2017 [...]

TLC Grad and Faculty Member, Tommy Davenport on a Recent Story Inside Angola Prison, Louisiana’s State Penitentiary

2019-09-23T13:37:11-06:00 September 19, 2019|TLC Blog|

On Friday, September 6, Dateline's Lester Holt shared a story on Angola, the Louisiana State Penitentiary. He actually stayed in a cell there for a number of days. It is the largest maximum-security prison in the world. It is still a working plantation. It is surrounded by a river and swampland, with a number of 'unpaid guards'-alligators. I've been at this prison many times and I cry when I leave and am angered by the time I make it home. As far as the eye can see, there are black men working in the fields with guards on horses. Not much different than a scene from 12 Years a Slave. Angola is a complete failure of the human race and [...]

TLC2 2018 Graduate, David Zagoria Wins Justice After Attending TLC Flagship 3-Week College

2019-08-14T11:45:25-06:00 August 15, 2019|TLC Blog|

"The jurors were all leaning out of the box and the judge was intently watching as I ran across the courtroom pretending to be the dog that grabbed my client's leg (re-enacting what had happened to him). It was the most influential I have ever felt in a courtroom from re-enacting the actual scene. I can’t wait to do it again." - David Zagoria, 2018 TLC September Graduate David Zagoria is a personal injury attorney from Atlanta, Georgia who attended his first TLC regional in 2016. David had been taught in his early years, that the attorneys' job is to persuade and convince the jury - to basically twist their arms to get them to agree. So, when he attended [...]

TLC2 2017 Grad, Dominic Andriacchi Jr. Brought Justice for Client in Northern Michigan

2019-01-14T11:54:17-07:00 January 10, 2019|TLC Blog|

"This trial was a TLC trial if there ever was one. I did the listening exercise, doubling, all the psychodrama methods I learned, and we were able to reenact the crash during cross-examination. I asked for over a million dollars in a conservative county in Michigan and before trial even started I had people laughing and telling me I had a frivolous case, including some of the people on the jury in the venire." - Dominic Andriacchi Jr. (TLC2 '17) Dominic Andriacchi Jr. graduated from TLC's 3-Week Flagship College in September 2017 and has since taken a new approach to fight for the clients he represents. Dominic graduated from law school in 2012 and moved back to where he grew [...]

1996 TLC Grad & Faculty Member, K.O. Berger, Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for her Longstanding Efforts in Juvenile Advocacy

2018-09-14T10:59:07-06:00 September 13, 2018|TLC Blog|

1996 TLC Graduate and Faculty Member, K.O. Berger was awarded the Julie H. McFarlane Lifetime Achievement Award for Juvenile Advocacy on April 20, 2018, in Newport, Oregon for her impressive longstanding juvenile advocacy casework. ‘K.O. has represented juveniles since 1990. No case — and no kid — scares K.O. away. She works tirelessly for her juvenile clients, recognizing that they are kids regardless of what they are charged with, and regardless of how much the state or the court or the press try to demonize them. K.O. thoroughly and completely researches every issue and knows the national scene. Without her tenacious advocacy at the trial court level, our compatriots would not have brought home appellate victories. K.O. has also been [...]

Louisiana Immigrant Acquitted on Behalf of TLC Grad & Faculty Member, Tommy Davenport

2018-08-14T14:33:54-06:00 August 16, 2018|TLC Blog|

About a month after Natalya's case was dismissed, her body was found as a result of a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound. This blog post is dedicated to the life of Natalya Deville and her family. "In December 2017, I was burned out. I planned on taking some time off during the holiday season to rest up, but before my holiday began, a prospective client came in needing a criminal defense lawyer. The client is a Ukrainian immigrant who did the right thing locating the owner of a lost dog. What should have been a 'thank you so much' moment by the dog’s owner, turned into a cop bullying a lady and endangering the safety of some of the most vulnerable [...]

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