TLC Alumni

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|

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

"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 [...]

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

TLC Podcast Episode 50: Co-Leaders Mel Orchard & Vicki Slater on Restructure of TLCs Graduate-1

Episode 50: Co-Leaders Mel Orchard & Vicki Slater on Restructure of TLCs Graduate-1 "We're trying to empower the students and really all of ourselves as Trial Lawyers to be able to utilize every means available to communicate our clients' cases. That's really the bottom line of it and to make sure we all know ourselves and take care of ourselves so we can be available to help our clients." - Vicki Slater, Grad-1 Co-Leader In this episode, I talk with the co-leaders of the newly structured Graduate-1 program, Mel Orchard & Vicki Slater. I was able to take a backseat to the first-launched program last year and it was really incredible to see how they brought the TLC Graduates out of [...]

2019-08-07T09:43:45-06:00 August 6, 2019|TLC Podcast|

TLC Podcast Episode 49: Maryland Grad, Ian Anthony on the Disparity Between Law School and Trial Lawyers College

Episode 49: Maryland Grad, Ian Anthony on the Disparity Between Law School and Trial Lawyers College  "When I got to law school, I felt it to be very rigid. There is a system of scoring people, a system for questioning students, and a system for instruction; it felt very boxed-in like law school was gearing you up to be a competitive, book smart, lawyer-robot." - Ian Anthony, 2016 TLC Graduate Ian Anthony is our guest in this episode of the Trial Lawyers College Podcast. In this episode, we talk about how TLC differs from law school and why these differences are so important for trial lawyers. Ian Anthony is a 2016 July Graduate of the Trial Lawyers College and has attended [...]

2019-05-18T12:19:13-06:00 May 17, 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|

TLC Grad Gets Over $2.5 Million Verdict in Bexar County, Texas on ‘Minor Impact Soft Tissue’ Injury Case

TLC Faculty Leader, Ron Estefan with Israel Garcia "I used the methods I learned at Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College and from Psychodrama training workshops to show the jury at a true, deep emotional level what my client had in his life before the crash and what was taken away from him; how the crash happened; and the cover-up scene after they pulled over and he realized he was run into by an off-duty police officer." - Israel Garcia, 2010 TLC Graduate Israel Garcia is a personal injury attorney based in San Antonio, Texas at his firm, the Law Office of Israel Garcia. Israel graduated from the Trial Lawyers College in 2010 and has since attended over eight [...]

2019-04-03T12:34:34-06:00 April 4, 2019|TLC Blog|

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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