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Minnesota Regional Seminar 2018: Opening Statement


02/09/2018 - 02/11/2018




Minneapolis, Minnesota - Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center

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 The ultimate suburban retreat near Minneapolis

Discover the 130 acres of natural beauty surrounding Lake McKnight at Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center. Located in Chaska, just 30 minutes from downtown Minneapolis and the Minneapolis–St. Paul Airport, our property has everything you need for an idyllic retreat. Start the day with a jog in our modern fitness center, followed by a scenic breakfast at the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, Seasons. Spend the afternoon biking around the lake or play a game of basketball, volleyball or racquetball on our courts. Unwind in the evening with your favorite cocktail and watch the sunset from our stylish bar, Lakeview Lounge. All of our guest rooms include pillow-top beds, personal Keurig coffeemakers, flat-screen TVs and views of our lovely grounds. Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi and work desks also make it easy to stay connected and productive throughout your stay. During your leisure time, take advantage of our numerous hotel amenities or ask our staff about nearby activities such as golfing, boating, casinos, amusement parks and shops.


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

TLC Faculty Leader: Marj Russell 

Faculty Team:  Keeley Blanchard, Michael Shickich & Jeff Hill

Psychodramatists: Louise Lipman and Donna Dupuis

F Warrior Ambassadors: Jerry Perry, Shannon Carey




  • 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 20.5 hours of general CLE by the 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 until January 18, and you may make your reservation by calling 952-368-1492 and requesting the Trial Lawyer's College rate of $169/night plus taxes and fees. Or visiting this link to the Oak Ridge Conference Center website.

Travel Information

The Minneapolis airport is the most convenient airport for travel to Chaska. 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.