Washington Regional Seminar: Direct Examination

Washington Regional Seminar: Direct Examination

The key to direct examination, as in every element of the trial, is to help the juror emotionally connect to the story. Your job in direct exam is to bring out the feeling that drives the witness’ story … and help the witness tell their story around that feeling.


Direct Examination


10/27/22 – 10/30/22




Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, Leavenworth, WA


In every element of the trial we are telling the client’s story. At our direct exam seminar at the beautiful Sleeping Lady Conference Center in Leavenworth, Washington, from October 27-30, 2022, 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 feel what the client has experienced, your chances of winning simply explode.

Taught by an accomplished team of experienced trial attorneys, and guided by TLC-trained psychodramatists, with at least a 6:1 student-faculty ratio, this course will be a “hands-on” experience. You will learn by doing, not by struggling through endless lectures. You will discover how your own unique power can forge an honest relationship with the jury and help you develop and deliver a winning direct exam in your most difficult cases.

Join us at Sleeping Lady and learn to avoid the pitfalls of a failed direct exam that can undermine your case; and instead, how to prepare and deliver a powerful direct exam to win justice for your client.


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.


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.

Faculty co-leaders: Paco Duarte, Connie Henderson


Course Course will begin 5:00pm on opening day and end by Noon on closing day. More details will be sent to registered students as the course nears. Do not make travel arrangements until you receive confirmed schedule.


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. The course fee includes tuition, and double-occupancy hotel room and meals 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 is a snorer. Dress code: Plan to dress in comfort, not in style. For class time, sneakers, jeans, t-shirts, sweatshirts and casual outfits are appropriate. The venue offers ample opportunity to experience the great outdoors, so bring weather-appropriate outerwear as well.

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: 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: 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.