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Washington Regional Seminar 2018: Closing Argument


10/25/2018 - 10/28/2018




Leavenworth, Washington - Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort

About “The closing argument is still dynamic story telling. It tells the final story that wins justice for your client.” - Gerry Spence

Our Closing Argument Seminar will teach civil trial lawyers how to transfer death, pain and loss into an adequate money award; and for the criminal defense lawyers, how your client can win by an honest attack against dishonest cops and betraying prosecutors. Led by a faculty team of TLC-trained trial lawyers, behavioral and communications experts, this course will be a “hands-on” experience where you will learn by doing, not suffering through endless lectures. You will discover how your unique power can deliver the winning closing argument in your most difficult cases to win justice for your client.

Location Nestled in the Cascade Mountains on the banks of Icicle Creek, just outside Leavenworth, WA. Sleeping Lady offers a distinct Northwest experience accented by sustainable gourmet cuisine and cozy accommodations.

Sleeping Lady and the land it occupies enjoy a rich and storied past. From the area’s Native American roots, to the 1930s when it was home to Camp Icicle and the Civilian Conservation Corps, to its role today as a leading Northwest destination – Sleeping Lady embodies the natural beauty and history of Leavenworth and the Wenatchee Valley.


TLC Faculty Leaders:  Eric Fong, Steve Fury, and KO Berger
Faculty Team:  Nate Needham, Sean Malcolm, Joy Bertrand, Jeff Chapdelaine, Bill Gilbert, Bob Dawson, Mark Wagner, Karl Malling, Betsy Greene, Mike O'Connell, Joe George, Michael Callahan
Psychodramatists:  Louise Lipman, Kirsten Friedman, Kim Friedman, Donna Dupuis,  Mike Traynor, John Rasberry
Communications Expert: Joshua Karton

Staff must arrive by 3 PM on Wednesday, October 24.


OPENING DAY Thursday, October 25: 3 - 5 PM – Registration
6 - 7 PM Dinner
7 - 9 PM - First session
Friday & Saturday 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
CLOSING DAY Sunday, October 28: 8 AM - 9 AM Breakfast
9 AM - 12 Noon Small Group Working Sessions
The seminar will adjourn by 12:00 PM on Sunday.


Important Details

CLE Credits

Approved for 20.75 CLE hours by the Washington State Bar.

Course Materials & Prerequisites

Course registration closes on Monday, October 22, 2018.

Several articles are required reading as a part of your course. Printed copies will not be provided to you. Download the TLC course materials on 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

The course fee ($1699) includes tuition, airport shuttle service, and double-occupancy hotel room (3 nights: Thurs./Fri./Sat.) and board (8 meals: Thurs. dinner to Sun. breakfast) at the Sleeping Lady Resort. You will be assigned to a room with at least one other lawyer of the same gender. Bring earplugs in case your roommate snores.

Dress code: Plan to dress in comfort, not in style. For classtime, sneakers, jeans, t-shirts, sweatshirts and casual outfits are appropriate.

Travel Information

Free shuttle service will be provided on 10/25 (departing airport at 1 PM) and 10/28 (departing Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort by 12:30 PM) from/to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (airport code: SEA).

An email will be sent to registered attendees with shuttle and course information.

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.