Louisiana Regional Seminar 2020: Discover the Story of Your Case


12/03/2020 - 12/06/2020




New Orleans, Louisiana - Hampton Inn Convention Center

About "If we are to be successful in presenting our case, we must not only discover its story; we must become good storytellers. Every trial, every argument for justice, is a story." – Gerry Spence

At this 4-day seminar in New Orleans, you will learn the TLC methods necessary to discover the winning story. You will learn how to tap into your own power to bring these stories to life in the courtroom. Taught by trial lawyers trial lawyers and behavioral and communication experts [at least a 6:1 student-faculty ratio], you will learn our innovative TLC methods by doing, not suffering through endless lectures. Small group work on your own cases will help make our methods immediately accessible to you in the courtroom. Join us and learn how to bring your clients’ stories to life in the courtroom to win the justice they deserve. Limited to 60 students.

Location A slice of history in the heart of New Orleans' Arts District

The vibrant French Quarter in New Orleans is a destination everyone should experience in their lifetime, and now is the time! February is the best time to learn the deep history of our South away from the large crowds that visit in March and April. The Hampton Inn & Suites Convention Center, New Orleans sits on the banks of the Mississippi and a short 20-minute walk from the French Quarter.


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: JR Clary, Jr; Mel Orchard; Anne Valentine 

Staff must arrive by 5PM on December 2.


OPENING DAY Thursday, December 3:

3 - 5 PM – Registration
6 - 7 PM Dinner
7 - 9 PM - First session

Friday & Saturday

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

CLOSING DAY Sunday, December 6: 8 AM - 9 AM Breakfast
9 AM - 12 Noon Small Group Working Sessions
The seminar will adjourn by 12:30 PM on Sunday.

Important Details

CLE Credits

Pending approval by the Louisiana Supreme Court MCLE department.

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 seminar hotel, and you may use this link prior to November 3, 2020:


Course registration deadline is the Monday prior to the course start date unless the course is sold out prior to that date. Because of the popularity of this course and location, we anticipate it will sell out quickly. 

Travel Information

Visit the hotel’s website for location information:


If you choose to withdraw from a course, you may be eligible for a refund. Any registration for a TLC course made within 5 days of the start of the course must be paid in full at the time of registration. Cancellations must be e-mailed to TLCs Registrar,

For Courses held away from Thunderhead Ranch: 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.

For Courses held on the Thunderhead Ranch: Due to the high cost of travel via Jackson Hole airport, students (especially those who have been wait-listed) need as much notice as possible to be able to attend a TLC course held on the Thunderhead Ranch. Therefore:

  • Cancellations for courses held on the Ranch received at least 31 days prior to the course will receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations received 30-15 days prior to the course will receive a refund in the amount of 50% of the course tuition.
  • We regret that no refunds can be made 14 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 their application to a Grad Program is accepted by the Faculty Leaders, (not to be confused with the date of submitting one's application online.) After that, the standard Cancellation Policy for courses held on the Thunderhead Ranch (as described above) applies, less the non-refundable $500.00 deposit.