Graduate Course I – 2017
08/07/2017 - 08/14/2017
Thunderhead Ranch, Dubois, Wyoming
Grad 1 will be dedicated to the advanced application of the fundamentals of the TLC methods: Voir Dire, Opening Statement, Direct and Cross Exam, and Closing Argument. Training at this program will be most applicable to TLC grads with active cases. Based on the tools learned with psychodrama, students will work to discover and identify the real and compelling story of your case that will resonate with your jurors. You will learn how to conduct a meaningful Focus Group. You will work with a top TLC-trained faculty team, led by Board and Faculty member Joey Low, to help you be creative and find new, creative ways to work on real-time application of the TLC methods, and then apply them in an actual mock-trial setting with "jurors" from the local communities. It's one thing to practice, it's another to do. Take the leap and join us.
The Thunderhead Ranch offers an opportunity to step back, take a break from your busy life, and reconnect with the land and yourself. Located 20 miles east of Dubois, WY and 100 miles east of Jackson Hole and Yellowstone National Park, the Thunderhead Ranch is rimmed by Wyoming's Absaroka and Wind River mountains. With the East Fork River flowing through the ranch, the TLC campus includes dormitories, classrooms, a cookhouse, and additional meeting rooms in our refurbished barns and 17 other ranch buildings.
TLC Faculty Leader: Joey Low
Faculty Team: To Be Announced
Psychodramatists: Don Clarkson, Donna Dupuis, Kim Friedman, Mike Traynor
OPENING DAY Monday August 7: 3 - 5 PM – Registration
6 - 7 PM Dinner
7 - 9 PM - First session
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
The seminar will adjourn at 12 Noon on August 14.
Approved for 51 CLE credits, by the Wyoming State Bar.
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.
Meals are served buffet style in the Ranch Cookhouse. The dorm rooms are small and spartan (with two each of the following: twin bed, nightstand, table, chair, closet area). You will be sharing a room with a lawyer of the same gender. The men’s and women’s restrooms and showers are located at the end of the hallway. We provide a pillow and bedding (towels, pillowcase, sheets, blanket, bedspread), but you need to bring your own toiletries (e.g., shampoo, soap, lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, earplugs). A laundry room is available for your use and laundry soap is provided. Due to space limitations, TLC is unable to provide housing to accommodate your family or friends.
Casual Dress: Plan to dress in comfort, not in style. When you’re indoors, sneakers (or good walking shoes), jeans, t-shirts and sweatshirts are appropriate. Bring a bathrobe, too. When you’re outdoors, cotton clothing is fine for warm days but has minimal insulating value, especially when wet. In June, temperatures in Dubois range from 70° F (average high) to 39° F (average low). The average daytime temperature is 54° F and the evenings are chilly. Bring wool and synthetic clothing that can be comfortably layered. Optional outdoor gear includes: rain/wind jacket and pants, down or fleece coat, water-resistant hiking boots, good socks, long underwear, winter hat, winter gloves or mittens, baseball cap, flashlight, water bottle, camera, daypack, sunscreen and insect repellant. For class time, bring a notebook or journal and a pen. Bring a printout of your flight itinerary, coins for the soda machine, and a phone card to make long-distance calls (because cellular service is limited and Internet access is not available, except in emergency situations). If you’re a musician, bring your instrument!
LOCATION: 105 miles NE of Jackson and 75 miles NW of Riverton, both which have airports and are 1.5 - 2 hours away. RENTAL CARS: Rental car agencies are located in Jackson. Driving directions can be found on the TLC website.
NO SHUTTLE SERVICE: For our Graduate courses, TLC does not provide shuttle transportation from Jackson or Riverton to Thunderhead Ranch. You have three options: (1) rent a car; or (2) post a message on the TLC Alumni or trialwarriorsforjustice listserve, or your class listserve. If you are renting a car (or driving your own) and have extra seats, please lend a hand to your fellow Warriors by posting a message to the listserve.
An email will be sent to registered attendees with course 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 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.