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Course

Tennessee Regional Seminar 2018: Opening Statement

Dates

01/19/2018 - 01/21/2018

Tuition

$1,299.00

Location

Nashville, Tennessee - Scarritt-Bennett 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 Experience Radical Hospitality

Scarritt Bennett Center is a nonprofit educational center and conference and special events venue located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, on ten tree-filled acres. The expansive, historic buildings on campus, constructed in collegiate gothic architectural style are popular venues for over 100+ weddings per year as well as daily meetings, conferences and special events. The lush campus is also home base for a number of educational offerings and community enrichment programs. Drawing on a rich history of community engagement and social activism, Scarritt Bennett Center seeks to maintain an active role at the forefront of social justice issues, with particular emphasis on racial equality, women’s empowerment, intercultural understanding, and spiritual enrichment.

Faculty

Staff must arrive by 3 PM on Thursday, January 18.

TLC Faculty Leader: Eddie Schmidt


Faculty Team:  Kim Frye, Frank Mungo, Andy Vickery & Vicki Slater


Psychodramatists: John Rasberry and Kim Friedman

Schedule

SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE UP UNTIL SEMINAR DATE

OPENING DAY

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


Saturday:

  • 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


Sunday:

  • 8-9 am:  Breakfast 
  • 9-11:   Breakout Sessions
  • 12-1pm:  Large Group Session 
  • The seminar will adjourn by 1PM on Sunday

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

Important Details


CLE Credits

Approved for 18.25 hours CLE by the Tennessee 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 (https://www.triallawyerscollege.org/register-for-a-course/course-materials/).

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, January 15. 

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.

Because of the unique housing offered at the Scarritt-Bennett Center (shared bathrooms), participants are welcome to make housing arrangements of their choosing. There are many chain hotels near the campus, or within a short drive. The Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau has a lodging locator on their website

One suggestion is the Embassy Suites Vanderbilt, which offers a free shuttle within a 2-mile radius of the hotel. They are holding a block of rooms until December 28, 2017. Reserve a room there with this link: http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/B/BNAESES-CRS-20180118/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

More details will be sent by email to registered students.


Travel Information

The Nashville (BNA) airport is the most convenient airport for travel to this course. 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, registrar@triallawyerscollege.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.