Episode 19: Colby Vokey on The Method of Bringing Your Client’s Story to Life
“I knew there was something wrong in the investigation, it just didn’t fit. But at the same time, as I kept looking at all the statements from the marines, not one of them were coming up helping Shawn Blair. If they believed that Shawn Blair was getting this corporal to lie for him on what happened, then they are going to think he was covering up for this shooting and then they’ll convict him of murder, and if they convict him of these things, all the other charges are going to fall too. I had to be able to tell the story of what happened and make the jury understand exactly how the jury felt that day.” – Colby Vokey 2010 TLC Grad & Faculty Member
Against all odds, and with a platoon of witnesses stacked against his client, TLC Faculty member Colby Vokey, WON. He did it, not by telling his client’s story, but by showing it. In order to understand the story, Colby did nearly 100 reenactments with his client and in the process, became so prepared, he was ready for every aspect of the case. He found a way to tell his client’s story with such life, the whole courtroom was riveted to each word.
- Military Criminal Defense, Colby Vokey
- The Warrior Fall 2012 Issue: A Few Good Scenes: Combat & Betrayal: The Story of 1stLt Shawn Blair by Colby Vokey
- The Warrior Spring 2007 Issue: The Story of Joane by Colby Vokey
Interviewing Colby Vokey
After retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Marine Corps, Colby attended the Trial Lawyers College in 2010 and is now an active member of its faculty team. His legal practice in Dallas involves both military and civilian criminal defense. He has handled some of the most publicized and notorious military cases, including the defense of the squad leader from the so-called Iraq War “Haditha Massacre” and the defense of accused terrorist and Guantanamo Bay teenager Omar Khadr at the Military Commissions.
Host, Scott Glovsky – Trial Lawyer Talk
Scott graduated from TLC in 2007 and has been a faculty member since 2014. He has been practicing law since 1993 when he graduated from Cornell School of Law. Scott’s practice emphasizes personal injury and is nationally recognized as an advocate for the rights of the injured and insurance policyholders. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award, Consumer Attorneys Association of California’s “California Street Fighter of the Year” award and the “President’s Award of Merit” from the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles.