California Regional Seminar 2020: Closing Argument


04/24/2020 - 04/26/2020




Newport Beach, California - Hyatt Regency Newport Beach

About “The closing argument is still dynamic story telling. It tells the final story that wins justice for your client.” - Gerry Spence

Our Closing Argument Seminar will teach civil trial lawyers how to transfer death, pain and loss into an adequate money award; and for the criminal defense lawyers, how your client can win by an honest attack against dishonest cops and betraying prosecutors. Led by a faculty team of TLC-trained trial lawyers, behavioral and communications experts, this course will be a “hands-on” experience where you will learn by doing, not suffering through endless lectures. You will discover how your unique power can deliver the winning closing argument in your most difficult cases to win justice for your client.

Location A Beautiful, Luxurious Resort-Style Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Hotel

Discover the quintessential resort experience, including rooms and suites with views, three beautiful pool environments, and a wonderful restaurant concept at our iconic resort-style hotel at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, CA. Savor fresh regional seafood at SHOR American Seafood Grill, with its casually elegant atmosphere with indoor and alfresco dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For more active vacations, Hyatt Regency Newport Beach features a 24-hour StayFit™ Gym and a beautiful on-site nine-hole golf course. We are a stone's throw from Newport Dunes for paddle boarding, kayaking, and boat rentals, and minutes from Newport Beach's 10 miles of scenic coastline and world-class shopping.


All Trial Lawyers College courses are taught by graduates of the College, who volunteer their time, talents and resources to provide high-quality training not offered in any other CLE program. Because our faculty are volunteers, and are actively practicing in their respective firms, our faculty list is subject to change.

Course leaders: Milton Grimes, Kim Savo 

Staff must arrive by 5PM on April 23.





  • 8AM - 9AM: Registration
  • 9AM - 9PM: Large Group Session, Breakouts, Meals


  • 8AM - 9PM: Large Group Session, Breakouts, Meals


  • 8AM - 12:30PM: Large Group Session, Breakouts, Meals
  • The seminar will adjourn by 12:30PM


An email with course schedule will be sent to registered participants prior to the course.

Important Details

CLE Credits

Approved for 17.25 CLE credits, including 0.50 Ethics credit by the California State Bar.

Course Materials & Prerequisites

Several articles are required reading as a part of your course but you are not required to read them prior to the course. Printed copies will not be provided to you, but may be downloaded at any time from the TLC website (


Applicants must be a member of their State Bar in good standing, and actively practicing law. Applicants must also be a plaintiff's lawyer, public defender, or a criminal defense lawyer. TLC does not offer training to attorneys who are an employee of a corporation, insurance firm or of the federal government.

Food, Lodging & Roommates

The course fee ($1699) includes tuition, and meals during the seminar. Sleeping rooms must be reserved directly with the Hyatt Regency, and a link to the online room block may be used to book your sleeping room:

 Course registration deadline is the Monday prior to the course start date unless the course is sold out prior to that date. 

Travel Information

Hyatt Regency
1107 Jamboree Rd,
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: (949) 729-1234

Refunds & Cancellations

The entire balance for a TLC course is due 90 days after the start date of the course, unless other arrangements have been made with the Registrar or Financial Officer. Any registrations made within 5 days of the start of the course must be paid in full at the time of registration. Tuition payments are only transferable to another TLC course within the same calendar year or to a substitute participant for the same course. Cancellations must be e-mailed to TLCs Registrar,

For all courses except Graduate I and Graduate II: Cancellations received at least 14 calendar days prior to the course will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 13 – 6 calendar days prior to the course will receive a 50% refund. We regret that no refunds can be made 5 days or less prior to the start date of the course.

Graduate I and Graduate II Course Cancellation Policy: Applications to a graduate program must be submitted by the deadline: midnight on February 14, 2020. No tuition fee will be required to accompany an application. By the end of February, applicants for both Grad 1 and 2 will be notified as to their acceptance status. If a student is offered a spot, upon his/her acceptance they will be required to submit a $500.00 non-refundable deposit to confirm that spot; and then make payment arrangements with Lori Schmidt, our Financial Officer, to ensure full payment of the tuition due by commencement of the August Course (taking into consideration any scholarships that have been granted.) Except for the non-refundable $500.00 deposit, the traditional cancellation policy outlined above will apply.