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Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer’s College, Graduate Course 1

Steve recently returned from attending the eight day Graduate Course I at Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer’s College at Thunderhead Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming. The Trial Lawyer’s College was founded in 1994 by legendary trial lawyer Gerry Spence whose vision was to train everyday lawyers to represent regular people who need an effective voice in the legal system. The course focused on teaching trial skills using the psychodramatic method to discover the story of the case and witnesses.

Gerry Spence personally attended several sessions, one of which he demonstrated the TLC method of selecting a jury with mock jurors. Even at age 84, he was amazing as ever.


On Thursday night, the Medal of Honor recipient, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta, spoke to the attendees about overcoming fear. He also spoke about the sacred duty we have as trial lawyers to fight for clients and to not fear failure.

It was not all work. The attendees got to hike Spence mountain each morning at 6:00 a.m. (four miles roundtrip at 7,000 feet) and share stories, songs and poems around the campfire at night.

It was a memorable week and Steve left recharged and returned home excited to continue the fight against big nursing home chains and insurance companies.