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Graduate Course II – 2019


08/23/2019 - 08/30/2019




Dubois, Wyoming - Thunderhead Ranch

About “We must argue–to help, to warn, to lead, to love, to create, to learn, to achieve justice, to be.” - Gerry Spence

Please see the "Course Materials & Prerequisites" section below for an important message about the selection process for this course. Because of high demand for this course, attendees will be chosen based on caseload and other factors determined by faculty. Early registration does not guarantee a seat in this course.

Location Thunderhead Ranch, Dubois, Wyoming

The Thunderhead Ranch offers an opportunity to step back, take a break from your busy life, and reconnect with the land and yourself. Located 20 miles east of Dubois, WY and 100 miles east of Jackson Hole and Yellowstone National Park, the Thunderhead Ranch is rimmed by Wyoming's Absaroka and Wind River mountains. With the East Fork River flowing through the ranch, the TLC campus includes dormitories, classrooms, a cookhouse, and additional meeting rooms in our refurbished barns and 17 other ranch buildings.


Staff must arrive by 3 PM on Friday, August 23

TLC Faculty Leader:  Maren Chaloupka
Faculty Team (pending):  


OPENING DAY Friday, August 23: 3 - 5 PM – Registration
6 - 7 PM Dinner
7 - 9 PM - First session
8 AM - 9 AM Breakfast
9 AM - 12 Noon Working Sessions
12 PM - 1 PM Lunch
2 PM - 5 PM Working Sessions
6 PM – 7 PM Dinner
7 PM - 9 PM Working Sessions
The seminar will adjourn at 12 Noon on August 30.


Important Details

CLE Credits

Approved for 53 hours of general CLE by the Wyoming State Bar.

Several articles are required reading as a part of your course. Printed copies will not be provided to you. Download the TLC course materials from our website.

Applicant must be a member of their State Bar in good standing. 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.

TLC’s Graduate Courses are intensive, one-week programs that focus on advanced trial skills, giving students a deeper understanding of TLC methods. Designed for more experienced practitioners, the graduate courses focus on further development of trial skills that were introduced and taught in the three-week course.

With psychodrama as the foundation, the TLC faculty at the grad programs will call upon your creativity to find new and innovative ways to become an inspiring force in the courtroom, as well as in your everyday practice.

Led by a team of experienced TLC-trained trial lawyers and behavioral experts [at least an 8:1 student-faculty ratio], you will continue to refine and develop your command of TLC methods by doing, not enduring endless lectures. Hands-on, small group work, in your own cases, with top TLC faculty and special guests, make these courses an absolute must for the TLC graduate. [While labeled Grad 1 and Grad 2, the courses are not sequential. Each are committed to the same advanced work on different dates in August.]

Course Materials & Prerequisites


Because of high demand for this course, attendees will be chosen based on caseload and other factors determined by faculty. Early registration does not guarantee a seat in this course:

Applicants for Grad Course II 2019 will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis with half of the available beds designated for criminal defense lawyers and lawyers serving clients in immigration court, and the other half designated for civil lawyers.  Wait lists will be started for each.  If all of the available criminal defense/immigration beds have not been filled by March 15, 2019, then the remaining criminal defense/immigration beds will be offered to applicants on the civil wait list.  Similarly, if all of the available civil beds have not been filled by March 15, 2019, then the remaining civil beds will be offered to applicants on the criminal defense/immigration wait list.


Food, Lodging & Roommates

Meals are served buffet style in the Ranch Cookhouse. The dorm rooms are small and spartan (with two each of the following: twin bed, nightstand, table, chair, closet area). You will be sharing a room with a lawyer of the same gender. The men’s and women’s restrooms and showers are located at the end of the hallway. We provide a pillow and bedding (towels, pillowcase, sheets, blanket, bedspread), but you need to bring your own toiletries (e.g., shampoo, soap, lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, earplugs). A laundry room is available for your use and laundry soap is provided. Due to space limitations, TLC is unable to provide housing to accommodate your family or friends.

Casual Dress: Plan to dress in comfort, not in style. When you’re indoors, sneakers (or good walking shoes), jeans, t-shirts and sweatshirts are appropriate. Bring a bathrobe, too. When you’re outdoors, cotton clothing is fine for warm days but has minimal insulating value, especially when wet. In June, temperatures in Dubois range from 70° F (average high) to 39° F (average low). The average daytime temperature is 54° F and the evenings are chilly. Bring wool and synthetic clothing that can be comfortably layered. Optional outdoor gear includes: rain/wind jacket and pants, down or fleece coat, water-resistant hiking boots, good socks, long underwear, winter hat, winter gloves or mittens, baseball cap, flashlight, water bottle, camera, daypack, sunscreen and insect repellant. For class time, bring a notebook or journal and a pen. Bring a printout of your flight itinerary, and a phone card to make long-distance calls (because cellular service is limited and Internet access is not available, except in emergency situations). If you’re a musician, bring your instrument!


Travel Information

LOCATION: 105 miles NE of Jackson and 75 miles NW of Riverton, both which have airports and are 1.5 - 2 hours away. RENTAL CARS: Rental car agencies are located in Jackson. Driving directions can be found on the TLC website.

Limited SHUTTLE SERVICE: For our 2018 Graduate courses, TLC will provide shuttle transportation from Jackson or Riverton to Thunderhead Ranch. More details will be provided.

If you do not want to ride the TLC-provided shuttle, you have three options: (1) rent a car; or (2) post a message on the TLC Alumni or trialwarriorsforjustice listserve, or your class listserve. If you are renting a car (or driving your own) and have extra seats, please lend a hand to your fellow Warriors by posting a message to the listserve.

An email will be sent to registered attendees with course information.


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: All students must remit a non-refundable $500 deposit at the time of registration to hold their space in the course. After that, the traditional cancellation policy applies.