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Florida Regional Seminar 2018: Opening Statement


02/09/2018 - 02/11/2018




Jupiter, Florida - Wyndham Grand Jupiter

About “We can have the greatest closing argument ever authored, but if we haven’t won the case by the time to close, it’s too late. Voir dire and the opening statement are where we win or lose at trial.” -Gerry Spence

The TLC Opening Statement Seminar arms you with winning methods to prepare an effective opening statement and to deliver it with your own unique passion and persuasiveness. The opening statement is our first opportunity to tell our complete story. Gerry Spence, founder of the College says, “Give me a good voir dire and the right opening statement and, so long as the lawyer retains credibility and tells the truth, the case is already won.” This course teaches you to use unique TLC methods to prepare, develop and deliver a powerfully persuasive opening statement and win. Join us and learn how to bring your clients’ stories to life in the courtroom to win the justice they deserve. Join us at this special format TLC seminar - limited to 30 students.

Location Elegant Waterfront Hotel in Jupiter, Florida

With crystal clear, warm waters lapping up on white, sandy beaches; year-round sunshine and a seemingly limitless array of activities, you will find everything you need for an unforgettable weekend or vacation and endless things to do in Jupiter, Florida. Add the close proximity to other popular Florida attractions, and experience for yourself why Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place is the place to be on your next trip to the Sunshine State. Nestled on the picturesque Intracoastal Waterway, the Wyndham Grand Jupiter is surrounded by high-end shopping, dining, entertainment and nightlife at Harbourside Place. Our luxury waterfront hotel in Jupiter, Florida is within minutes of championship golf courses, breathtaking beaches, museums, parks and exciting attractions, including Jupiter Beach, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach Pier, Roger Deam Stadium, Abacoa Golf Club and Jonathan Dickinson State Park. Discover one of the world's most beautiful beaches and enjoy deep sea fishing, kayaking, canoeing, surfing and paddle boarding in the blue Atlantic Ocean waters. Located 17 miles from West Palm Beach Airport, it's easy to experience a grand vacation escape in North Palm Beach County.


Staff must arrive by 3 PM on Thursday, February 8.

TLC Faculty Leader: JR Clary

Faculty Team:  Joy Bertrand, Greg Reeves, Jacqui Ford, Andre Gauthier, and Jim Nugent

Psychodramatists: Mike Traynor and John Rasberry




  • 8-9 am:  Registration 
  • 9am-9 pm:  Large Group Session, Breakouts


  • 8-9 am:  Breakfast 
  • 9-12:  Breakout Sessions
  • 1-2 pm:  Lunch
  • 2-5 pm: Breakout Sessions
  • 6-7 pm:  Dinner 
  • 7-9 pm: Breakout Sessions


  • 8-9 am:  Breakfast 
  • 9-11:   Breakout Sessions
  • 12-1pm,:  Large Group Session


  • 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 23.5 hours of general CLE by the Florida State Bar.

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 (

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.


Food, Lodging & Roommates

Course registration deadline is Monday, February 5.

Unlike most TLC courses, the Constellation 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 at the seminar hotel ($239/night) , and the link ( will allow students to reserve their room directly with the hotel. It will also be sent by email to registered students closer to the course.

Travel Information

The West Palm Beach or Fort Lauderdale airports are the most convenient for travel to Jupiter. Unlike most TLC courses, the Constellation Regional Seminar does not include airport shuttle in the tuition fee. The student is responsible for making their own transportation arrangements for this seminar. 

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.