Virtual Seminar 2020: Cross Examination


10/09/2020 - 10/11/2020




Trial Lawyers College | Virtual Campus


The TLC Seminar on Cross-Examination will introduce you to TLC’s advanced cross-exam methods including the “soft cross” and “controlled cross” that empower trial lawyers to tell their clients’ stories through a winning cross-examination. Taught by an accomplished faculty team of TLC-trained experienced trial attorneys, as well as behavioral experts, this course will be a “hands-on” experience. You will learn TLC cross-exam methods by doing, not suffering through endless lectures. Come join us and learn to turn the opposing witnesses from antagonists into witnesses whose testimony supports your case and helps you achieve justice for your clients.


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this course will be held via virtual Zoom classroom. While TLC's methods are very personal and hands-on in nature, our faculty have worked diligently over the past few weeks to translate them to a virtual environment in a way that preserves the small-group, active learning environment. Zoom breakout rooms will not exceed 10 students, and TLC's psychodramatists and communications expert Josh Karton will participate throughout the seminar.


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: Kim Benjamin & Kurt Kerns


Friday (Times are for Central time zone)
  • 9 AM - 9:30 AM - Opening Session (full group)

  • 9:30 AM - 12 PM - Small Group Working Sessions (10 students each)

  • 12 PM - 2 PM - Break

  • 2 PM - 5 PM - Small Group Working Sessions 

  • 5 PM – 7 PM - Break

  • 7 PM - 9 PM - Small Group Working Sessions
  • 9 AM - 12 Noon - Small Group Working Sessions (10 students each)

  • 12 PM - 2 PM - Break

  • 2 PM - 5 PM - Small Group Working Sessions 

  • 5 PM – 7 PM - Break

  • 7 PM - 9 PM - Small Group Working Sessions
  • 9 AM - 11:30 AM - Small Group Working Sessions

  • 11:30 AM - 12PM - Closing session (full group)

Important Details

CLE Credits

Pending CLE approval.

Course Materials & Prerequisites

PLEASE NOTE: Attendance for virtual programs will be limited to TLC graduates and previous attendees. If you are new to TLC, please register for one of our in-person 2021 programs.

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


Travel 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.