North Carolina Regional: Opening Statement

North Carolina Regional: Opening Statement

Trial Lawyers College is disappointed to announce the cancellation of this program due to concerns about Covid-19.


North Carolina Regional: Opening Statement


01/21/2022 – 01/23/2022




21c Museum Hotel, Durham, NC


TLC has developed a compelling and unique approach to Opening Statement. Faculty lead Milton Grimes describes Opening Statement as “the sum of all the parts of trial (with light argument built in, cross and direct, soliloquy, reenactment, and voir dire), that will leave the jury wanting to find a way to help your client.” After observing a faculty demonstration, you will divide into small groups to work on your own cases where you will learn by doing, not by struggling through endless lectures.

Join TLC’s faculty team of trial lawyers, guided by TLC-trained psychodramatists [at least a 6:1 student-faculty ratio], to learn how to become the leader of your tribe — one composed of you and your jurors — who together will deliver justice for your client. This is not about copying other attorneys: we will help you prepare and deliver a winning opening in your own voice for your client’s justice.


Standing tall and proud in the center of downtown Durham, 21c Museum Hotel is a multi-venue contemporary art museum offering more than 10,500 square feet of art-filled exhibition and event space, a full-service boutique hotel with luxurious guest rooms, and home to Counting House restaurant. Stay with us and the iconic Fuchsia Penguin.


Led by Milton Grimes, Leigh Johnson, and Eric Davis


Course will begin at 8:00am on opening day and end by Noon on closing day. More details will be sent to registered students as the course nears.


Proof of vaccination will be required for all participants (faculty & students) attending TLC’s in-person programs.

Indoor masking is required of all participants. Bring your own supply of face masks for travel and the duration of the course.

CLE Credits

CLE accreditation pending

Course Materials & Prerequisites

“Several articles are available to read as a part of your course. Printed copies will not be provided to you. Download the TLC course materials on our website. Registration deadline is the Monday prior to the course start date unless the course is full prior to that. 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

Proof of Covid-19 vaccination and indoor masking will be required. An email will be sent to registered attendees with course and venue information. All attendees are responsible for their own air and ground transportation arrangements and costs. At this small-format seminar, attendees will be responsible for their own lodging costs, and a link to the hotel reservation site will be provided by email.

Travel Information An email will be sent to registered attendees with course information. Due to Covid protocols, there will be no TLC-arranged shuttle. Please make your own ground transportation arrangements.”


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 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 TLC’s 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: As of 2019, both these courses will be by application, rather than by registration. Upon acceptance by TLC, all students must remit a $500 deposit at the time of submitting the application and is refundable only 60+ days prior to the course. Refunds will not be made for cancellations to Grad 1 or 2 within 59 days or less of the commencement of the program.