In Defense of the Damned 2021: Criminal Defense Seminar


08/15/2021 - 08/23/2021




Glorieta Camp | Santa Fe, NM


This TLC seminar will equip you with the critical skills you need for all phases of your most difficult trials, where everything is on the line for LIFE, DEATH AND FREEDOM. This course will help you access your individual unique selves in order to discover the story of your clients’ cases, develop honest defenses and perfect your performance during the most critical trial skills including voir dire, opening statement, direct, cross-examination and final argument. And you will learn how to apply the TLC methods of mitigation in the penalty phases of your cases. Supported by an experienced team of criminal defense lawyers, behavioral experts and communications specialists, you will learn innovative TLC methods by doing, not suffering through endless lectures. You will learn how to win the hearts and minds of your jurors, even against overwhelming odds. Hands-on, small group work on cases will make your newly-learned methods readily accessible in the courtroom. Join us, and learn how to win justice for your client. 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 Glorieta Camp | Santa Fe, NM

Located near Santa Fe, New Mexico, Glorieta Camp provides plenty of places to relax, think and quietly diffuse. Stake a claim on one of the many hammocks that are up for grabs. Find a soft patch of grass in one of our courtyard areas or find your own rock overlooking the waterfront. Take a shaded stroll through virgin aspen stands or reflect as you hike to one of our many scenic overlooks. Breathe in the fresh mountain air. Now exhale.


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: Marj Russell and Don Malarcik


OPENING DAY August 15: 3 - 5 PM – Registration

  • 6 PM - 7 PM - Dinner
  • 7 PM - 9 PM - First session

GENERAL SCHEDULE on other days:

  • 8 AM - 9 AM - Breakfast

  • 9 AM - 12 PM - Working Sessions

  • 12 PM - 1 PM - Lunch

  • 2 PM - 5 PM - Working Sessions 

  • 6 PM – 7 PM - Dinner

  • 7 PM - 9 PM - Working Sessions

Students will depart the venue the morning of August 23.

Schedule subject to change up until course start date. Should the course be canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions, refunds will be promptly issued or credited to another TLC course of your choosing.

Important Details

CLE Credits

Pending CLE approval.

Course Materials & Prerequisites

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

Course registration closes on the Monday prior to the course start date, unless the course is full prior to that.

Several articles are offered as supporting reading materials as a part of your course. Printed copies will not be provided to you. Download the TLC course materials

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 (other than legal services or public defenders).

Food, Lodging & Roommates

Specific food, lodging, room sharing, classroom layout, and social distancing arrangements will be determined in accordance with up-to-date CDC guidelines as we get closer to the course dates.


Travel Information

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


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 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 TLC's 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: As of 2019, both these courses will be by application, rather than by registration. Upon acceptance by TLC, all students must remit a $500 deposit at the time of submitting the application and is refundable only 60+ days prior to the course. Refunds will not be made for cancellations to Grad 1 or 2 within 59 days or less of the commencement of the program.