Justice Efforts

TLC Podcast Episode 53: TLC Board Member, Maren Chaloupka on Serving the Mentally Ill

Episode 53: TLC Board Member, Maren Chaloupka on Serving the Mentally Ill "If being a lawyer is a calling, and I believe it is, being a trial lawyer, then service to those who are in the throes of something that they can't understand is a huge part of that calling." - Maren Chaloupka Maren Chaloupka is a criminal defense and civil plaintiff’s trial lawyer.  She has a diverse practice, and she especially enjoys working on civil rights cases, including wrongful conviction cases and cases involving medical and mental health care in jails and prisons.  She lives in the small town of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, and serves clients wherever her work takes her. Maren is leading the Cross-Examination Constellation Regional Seminar at the [...]

2020-02-12T16:14:35-07:00 January 23, 2020|TLC Podcast|

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

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 [...]

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

TLC Podcast Episode 52: Trying an Honest Case with TLC Faculty Members, Brooks Cutter & Scott Glovsky

 Episode 52: Trying an Honest Case with Faculty Members Brooks Cutter and Scott Glovsky "Even though my client had such a huge life with several different women and all these different children, he had managed to have a loving relationship with each of them and so for me, that was a lesson to never judge people by their life circumstances. Everybody has greatness in them and people, whoever they are, can be wonderful people and responsible loving parents. That was important for me on a personal level." - Brooks Cutter In this episode, Scott Glovsky, host of the popular podcast, Trial Lawyer Talk and TLC Faculty Member talks with Brooks Cutter, Sacramento Trial Lawyer and TLC Faculty Leader about trying an [...]

2019-11-07T10:53:26-07:00 November 7, 2019|TLC Podcast|

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

  "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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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

TLC Podcast Episode 51: TLC Faculty Member, Jacqui Ford on Reputation In and Out of the Courtroom

 Episode 51: TLC Faculty Member, Jacqui Ford on Reputation In and Out of the Courtroom "If I want my jurors to be free to open up; if I want them to free themselves of their anxiety so they can come to creative energy, this is where I want my jurors to make decisions. This is very important: people who are making decisions from a place of pain, fear, or anxiety cannot process information the same way they can if they are in an energy of love and support."  - Jacqui Ford In this episode, we hear from Oklahoma Trial Lawyer, Jacqui Ford. Jacqui talks about the reputation of trial lawyers and the power of conversation and credibility in and [...]

2019-08-29T10:29:54-06:00 August 29, 2019|TLC Podcast|

“My Time at the Ranch” Article Originally Posted in ‘The Verdict Magazine’, by 2018 Grad, Laura Shamp

Laura Shamp is a recent 2018 September Graduate of the Trial Lawyers College. She is a plaintiff trial lawyer at her firm Shamp Jordan Woodward in Atlanta, Georgia. Laura has tried cases before the United States Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of the State of Georgia, as well as all other trial and appellate courts in the State of Georgia. After Laura graduated from the Trial Lawyers College, she left feeling different about her practice and life. "My three weeks at the Ranch changed the way I practice. It changed the way I think, and it changed the way I live. Gerry Spence says that to be a better lawyer, you must first be a better person. I think he [...]

2019-05-02T09:50:38-06:00 May 2, 2019|TLC Blog|

TLC Podcast Episode 48: TLC Grad Shares Insight into TLC’s 3-Week College Experience

Episode 48: TLC Grad Shares Insight into TLC's 3-Week College Experience "When I was accepted to the 3-Week College, it almost felt like I was accepted into Law School all over again. The feeling of excitement, joy, and fear, I was scared. What was I about to get into? The fear of leaving my practice for a month, leaving my family for a month, and all of the emotions that surround that." - Donal McRoberts 2018 TLC Grad Welcome to episode 48 with Donal McRoberts as our guest. He started his practice in 2011 handling family law and criminal defense, and by chance had an opportunity to represent a person injured in a car accident where the insurance company was denying [...]

2020-04-20T21:58:57-06:00 April 18, 2019|TLC Podcast|

Jon Hawk, TLC September ’18 Grad Wins Victory for Client in First Jury Trial After Graduating from the Trial Lawyers College

“It was the best professional decision I have made in my life and the best three weeks of growth as an attorney that I’ve had in twenty-one years of practice. I discovered I was in my ‘lawyer head’ instead of in my heart, which kept me from being the best lawyer I can be. I can tell you these words, but until you experience it for yourself, you will never understand." Jon Hawk is a personal injury trial attorney in Macon, Georgia who has tried cases before juries for over twenty-one years. He first attended TLC’s 5-day Psychodrama for Lawyers in 2017. This time spent at the ranch, and at this course (now taught as ‘Trial Skills Foundations’) piqued his [...]

2019-03-15T11:32:44-06:00 March 15, 2019|TLC Blog|

TLC Podcast Episode 46: How Technology is Threatening our Personal Privacy with 2018 Grad, Tor Ekeland

 Episode 46: How Technology is Threatening our Personal Privacy with 2018 Grad, Tor Ekeland "In our country right now, if not the entire world, there is a battle or war going on, on who gets to control the information. In the last 10-20 years, we’ve seen the rise of national surveillance states, not only in the USA but also in Europe, China, and all over the world as technology has gotten very cheap. It’s easy to surveil people particularly now that we are all carrying computers in our pockets, in the form of smartphones, that are constantly transmitting not only where we are on a map but also store all sorts of information about us." - Tor Ekeland, 2018 TLC [...]

2019-04-10T12:53:32-06:00 March 1, 2019|TLC Podcast|
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