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California Regional Seminar 2018: Voir Dire


03/02/2018 - 03/04/2018




Newport Beach, California - Hyatt Regency Newport Beach

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 Lawyer’s 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 A Beautiful, Luxurious Resort-Style Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Hotel

Discover the quintessential resort experience, including rooms and suites with views, three beautiful pool environments, and a wonderful restaurant concept at our iconic resort-style hotel at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, CA. Savor fresh regional seafood at SHOR American Seafood Grill, with its casually elegant atmosphere with indoor and alfresco dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For more active vacations, Hyatt Regency Newport Beach features a 24-hour StayFit™ Gym and a beautiful on-site nine-hole golf course. We are a stone's throw from Newport Dunes for paddle boarding, kayaking, and boat rentals, and minutes from Newport Beach's 10 miles of scenic coastline and world-class shopping. Experience the stunning ambiance and modern amenities of our landmark hotel during the popular Newport Beach Jazz Festival and Summer Concert Series.


Staff must arrive by 3 PM on Thursday, March 1.

TLC Faculty Leaders: Milton Grimes, Anne Valentine, Mel Orchard

Faculty Team (pending):  
Joey Low, Adrian Baca, Kim Benjamin, KO Berger, Joy Bertrand, Finlay Boag, Jim Brown, Ben Bunn, Michael Callahan, Dax Cowart, Brooks Cutter, Tommy Davenport, Stephen Demik, Paco Duarte, Haytham Faraj, Renee Galente, Bill Gilbert, David Glenn, Scott Glovsky, Tom Johnston, Kurt Kerns, Tyson Logan, Steve Lucareli, Adam Malone, Mike Marrinan, Suzie Mindlin, Mike O’Connell, Ginger Ortiz, Ashley Parris, Rex Parris, Grover Porter, Eric Ratinoff, Danny Rodriguez, Kent Spence, Phil Stackhouse, Lonnie Stanga, Debbie Taussig, Ken Turek, Zaki Zehawi, Grant Lawson, Andy Rubenstein, John Conard

Psychodramatists: Donna Dupuis, Kim Friedman, Kirsten Friedman, John Rasberry, Mike Traynor, Jody Anderson




Friday, March 2:

  • 7AM - 9AM - Registration


Sunday, March 4:

  • The seminar will adjourn by 1PM

An email with course schedule will be sent to registered participants prior to the course.

Important Details

CLE Credits

Approved for 16 hours of CLE, including 1 hour of ethics by the California State Bar.

Course Materials & Prerequisites

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 (other than legal services or public defenders).

Food, Lodging & Roommates

Course registration deadline is Monday, February 26.

Unlike most TLC courses, the California Regional Seminar does not include sleeping room charges or airport shuttle in the tuition fee. The student is responsible for making their own sleeping room and transportation arrangements for this seminar.

There is a room block being held until February 1, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, and the link ( will also be sent by email to registered students.

Travel Information

The John Wayne/Orange County airport is the most convenient airport for travel to Newport Beach.

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.