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The powerhouse of John Johnson and Gerry Spence (Aug. 1995, Thunderhead Ranch) Steve Rench (r) and Jon Katz (July 1996, Thunderhead Ranch) The Trial Lawyers College has had a hugely indelibly beneficial impact on my personal and professional lives, not only from my metamorphasizing experiences during and...

Dax Cowart exemplified how an everyman can experience the most excruciating pain, transcend the pain, remain a true human, and scale great heights. He passed away two days ago, around seventy one years old. In 1995, I arrived at Gerry Spence's Dubois, western Wyoming ranch, where four dozen of us attendees remained an entire month at the Trial Lawyers College, miles from the nearest paved road, and many more miles than that from the nearest small town.

Success in criminal court and elsewhere is not about winning with ideal and perfect circumstances. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I know that such success is about winning despite unanticipated hurdles, existing judges who run afoul of their oaths, police who don't accept that their role is to serve all, prosecutors who try throwing dirt in my face, and clients who prevaricate to their own detriment,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTGe_HUADowVideo can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Gerry Spence’s Winning Courtroom Strategies (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTGe_HUADow) In what looks like a promotional interview, masterful trial lawyer and persuader Gerry Spence — pictured here with me near the end of the 1995 Trial Lawyers College, when my grey...

"How much do you charge for a [murder/rape/drug felony] case?" the relative asks, for a criminal defendant stuck in jail pretrial having been denied bond or unable to pay bond. Sometimes the defendant has court-appointed counsel (some of the greatest criminal defense lawyers started as court-appointed/public...

The three basics of effective trial advocacy, and persuasion beyond the law, are knowledge/intelligence/preparation, skill/experience, and passion/conviction. They all need to be synthesized into a harmonious whole. Passion, conviction, and persuasion are major hallmarks of the Trial Lawyers College, which I attended for four weeks in August...

The following blog entry is adapted from my February 14, 2010, blog entry. A few years ago, my blog addressed Valentine’s Day in terms of the strange juxtaposition of Valentine’s Day and the Eleventh Circuit’s 2007 upholding of a ban on selling sexual devices, and the Fifth Circuit’s...