Washington Regional Seminar 2020: Voir Dire


10/22/2020 - 10/25/2020




Leavenworth, Washington - Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort

About “Give me an effective voir dire and opening statement, and as long as the trial lawyer maintains his or her credibility, the case is won.” -Gerry Spence

The Trial Lawyers College Voir Dire Seminar introduces you to a method of jury selection in which you will learn how to identify the danger points in your cases, to reframe them into points of power, and how to approach potential jurors as an inclusive, rather than exclusive, process. You will divide into small groups to work on your own cases where you will learn by doing, not by struggling through endless lectures. Join TLC’s faculty team of trial lawyers, behavioral and communication experts to learn how to become the leader of your tribe -- one composed of you and your jurors -- who together will win justice for your client.

Location Nestled in the Cascade Mountains on the banks of Icicle Creek

Sleeping Lady and the land it occupies enjoy a rich and storied past. From the area’s Native American roots, to the 1930s when it was home to Camp Icicle and the Civilian Conservation Corps, to its role today as a leading Northwest destination – Sleeping Lady embodies the natural beauty and history of Leavenworth and the Wenatchee Valley.


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:  Betsy Greene, Paco Duarte, Eric Fong

Staff must arrive by 3PM on October 22.


OPENING DAY Thursday: 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: 8 AM - 9 AM Breakfast 
9 AM - 12 Noon Small Group Working Sessions 
The seminar will adjourn at 12 Noon on Sunday.

Important Details

CLE Credits

Pending approval of CLE by the Washington State Bar.

Course Materials & Prerequisites

Course registration closes on Monday, October 19, 2020 unless the course sells out earlier.

Several articles are required reading as a part of your course. Printed copies will not be provided to you. Download the TLC course materials on 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 (other than legal services or public defenders).

Food, Lodging & Roommates

The course fee ($1699) includes tuition, airport shuttle service, and double-occupancy hotel room (3 nights: Thurs./Fri./Sat.) and board (8 meals: Thurs. dinner to Sun. breakfast) at the Sleeping Lady Resort. You will be assigned to a room with at least one other lawyer of the same gender (some rooms have 3 beds; 1 room has 8 bunkbeds). Bring earplugs in case your roommate snores.

Dress code: Plan to dress in comfort, not in style. For classtime, sneakers, jeans, t-shirts, sweatshirts and casual outfits are appropriate. The venue offers ample opportunity to experience the great outdoors, so bring weather-appropriate outerwear as well.

Travel Information

Free shuttle service will be provided on 10/22 (departing airport at 1 PM) and 10/26 (departing Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort at 12:30 PM) from/to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (airport code: SEA).

An email will be sent to registered attendees with shuttle and course 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.