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TLC Podcast Episode 61: Artist Janie Lowe on Telling Your Client’s Story Through Art

2020-05-21T15:50:24-06:00 May 19, 2020|TLC Podcast|

"During my trip, I learned that in Latin American culture, hummingbirds symbolize strength, hope and migration. I knew that I wanted to use that symbol in my paintings when I got home."  TLC Podcast host Rafe Foreman interviews Portland artist Janie Lowe on her travels along the US/Mexico border and the artwork that resulted from her journey. Explore paintings from Janie's Borderland Stories collection as you listen. 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 [...]

TLC Podcast Episode 60: TLC President John Sloan on the Strength of the Trial Lawyers College

2020-05-11T21:47:07-06:00 May 11, 2020|TLC Podcast|

"I believe...we’re going to see an incredible explosion in everything that TLC is, everything that TLC stands for, and everything that TLC can be." TLC Podcast host Rafe Foreman interviews TLC President John Sloan on the strength of the Trial Lawyers College. A TLC graduate and seasoned trial lawyer, John graduated from TLC in 1998 and joined the faculty in 2002. He was named to the Board of Directors in 2010 and has served as President since 2014. In this interview, John 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 [...]

TLC Podcast Episode 59: TLC Alumni Bruce Phillips on Thriving in Tough Times

2020-05-04T10:31:35-06:00 May 4, 2020|TLC Podcast|

TLC Podcast host Rafe Foreman interviews TLC graduate, trial lawyer, and focus group researcher Bruce Phillips on creative ways to continue to drive your cases and your practice forward during tough times. In this wide-ranging interview, Bruce describes how he has come to see the importance of blending the personal with the professional, rather than trying to keep them separated, as a tool for bringing new insight and intuition to trying a case. An accomplished musician, Bruce describes how "TLC was where I quite denying that side of myself and tried to find a way to integrate it into my practice." Whether literally composing a piece for use in a video to be used in a case, or simply playing [...]

TLC Podcast Episode 58: TLC Psychodramatist Don Clarkson on Letting Yourself Out of Jail

2020-04-28T18:21:10-06:00 April 28, 2020|TLC Podcast|

 "Many of us are loved all the time, by many people. But if we don't get it the way we want it, the exact way we want...we don't feel loved. There is a piece of us that tends to not acknowledge the love around us." TLC Podcast host Rafe Foreman interviews TLC psychodramatist Don Clarkson. Don Clarkson is a professor, psychodramatist and philosopher who has been with the Trial Lawyers College from its very creation. 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 [...]

TLC Podcast Episode 57: Dr. Ben Edwards on the Crossroads of Medicine and the Law

2020-04-13T10:30:20-06:00 April 13, 2020|TLC Podcast|

"Medical school taught me how to diagnose symptoms and how to give the drug to treat... There is no money in chronic disease resolution; there is money in chronic disease management." The TLC Podcast branches out this month as host Rafe Foreman interviews Texas physician, Dr. Ben Edwards, on the crossroads between medicine and the law. Dr. Edwards made the shift to integrative medicine after building a successful practice in conventional medicine. He works with his patients to drill down to the root cause of their symptoms, considering the patient's unique needs and incorporating what he calls the "Four Pillars of Health" - nutrition, hydration, movement, and peace - to make lasting change. In this wide-ranging interview, Dr. Edwards shares [...]

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 [...]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

2020-04-02T20:43:34-06:00 April 2, 2020|TLC Blog|

As we work to do our part to keep you all safe and healthy, TLC has canceled the following spring and summer courses: Regional Constellation on Cross-Examination: March 27-29 in Santa Fe, NM and Anchorage, AK Regional Seminar on Closing Argument: April 24-26 in Newport Beach, CA Indigent Representation Seminar: May 28-31 in Tulsa, OK Trial Skills Foundation Seminar: June 7-13 at Thunderhead Ranch In Defense of the Damned Criminal Defense Seminar: June 22-30 at Thunderhead Ranch 3-Week July College: July 10-Aug 2 at Thunderhead Ranch Graduate-1: Aug 8-15: at Thunderhead Ranch Graduate-2: Aug 22-29: at Thunderhead Ranch Our current plan is to move forward in the fall and hold the following TLC programs: September College: Sept 12 – Oct 5 [...]

TLC Podcast Episode 56: TLC Faculty Member Terry Lenamon on Trying Death Penalty Cases

2020-04-28T15:32:36-06:00 March 30, 2020|TLC Podcast|

"When you're representing the guy that everybody hates, it is rewarding to use the skills I learned at TLC to bring forth that person's humanity." TLC Podcast host Rafe Foreman interviews trial lawyer and TLC graduate and faculty member Terry Lenamon on trying death penalty cases armed with methods learned and practiced at the Trial Lawyers College. Terry is a trial lawyer practicing in Miami-Dade County, Florida, where he has built a reputation as one of Florida’s most respected criminal defense lawyers handling capital death penalty cases. He has handled in excess of 85 first degree murder cases. His experience has brought him national recognition as a go-to commentator on death penalty issues. In this episode, Terry talks with Rafe [...]

TLC Podcast Episode 55: TLC Graduate Benjamin Cloward on How TLC Methods Translate to Trial Wins

2020-03-20T19:45:45-06:00 March 10, 2020|TLC Podcast|

 “There’s not another community, ListServ, organization, or school of thought like TLC.” - Ben Cloward TLC Podcast host Rafe Foreman interviews TLC Graduate Benjamin Cloward (TLC Sept 2013) on how the methods taught in TLC courses translate to actual use in a trial. Ben is a partner in the Richard Harris Law Firm in Las Vegas, Nevada. In this episode, Ben talks with host Rafe Foreman about the TLC methods he used in winning several big cases in the last few years. Most recently, Ben obtained a stunning verdict of $38.5 million in a wrongful death suit. Ben called on his TLC training and the support of the TLC tribe in preparing his case. “You have individuals who come from all [...]

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 [...]

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