“Experiencing this training via zoom made me realize that I can take the space to make sure my client can be well seen on camera, that the witnesses can be seen and heard, and that I can ask folks to move and adjust as needed – just as I would in person – but that I haven’t been doing in on Zoom. Court via zoom has become very fast-paced and with that some of the structure and formality has been pushed aside. But – not anymore!”
-TLC Course Attendee


Virtual Seminar May 2021: Direct Examination


05/20/2021 – 05/23/2021




Trial Lawyers College | Virtual Campus


In every element of the trial we are telling the client’s story. At our direct exam seminar, you will learn how to tell that story in new, powerful and dramatic ways with your own witnesses. TLC’s direct exam methods help you find your voice to bring their story to life so that your jury actually experiences and becomes a part of your client’s case. TLC-trained lawyers have proven time and again that if the jurors can better experience what the client has experienced, your chances of winning simply explode.


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this course will be held via virtual Zoom classroom. While TLC’s methods are very personal and hands-on in nature, our faculty have worked diligently over the past few weeks to translate them to a virtual environment in a way that preserves the small-group, active learning environment. Zoom breakout rooms will not exceed 10 students, and TLC’s psychodramatists and communications expert Josh Karton will participate throughout the seminar.


All Trial Lawyers College courses are taught by graduates of the College, who volunteer their time, talents and resources to provide high-quality training not offered in any other CLE program. Because our faculty are volunteers, and are actively practicing in their respective firms, our faculty list is subject to change.

Course leaders: Rachel Montes (TX) and Chris Trundy (MA)




  • 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Opening session – full group


  • 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Personal psychodrama (limited to 10 participants per group)
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Lunch break
  • 1:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. – Personal psychodrama (limited to 10 participants per group)
  • 5:30 p.m. – Students are finished for the day; faculty meeting to follow.


  • 8:30 a.m – 9:00 a.m. – Trial Skill presentation to full group
  • 9:00 a.m – 12:30 p.m. – Trial Skill small groups, 10 persons/group 
  • 12:30 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. – Lunch break
  • 1:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. – Trial Skill small groups
  • 5:30 p.m. – Students are finished for the day; faculty meeting to follow.


  • 8:30 a.m – 10:30 a.m. – Josh Karton – Effective Communication with Zoom
  • 10:45 a.m – 12:30 p.m. – Trial Skill small groups, 10 persons/group (2 faculty members plus a psychodramatist; Josh Karton will attend each trial skill group throughout the day)
  • 12:30 p.m. – Goodbye circle and adjournment


*All times are Mountain (MT) time zone.


CLE Credits

Pending CLE approval.

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 (

Applicants must be a member of their State Bar in good standing, and actively practicing law. Applicants 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.

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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.