Tim was invited to join the nationally recognized Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer’s College (TLC) as part of the class of July 2019 – the 37th class to graduate from their 3-week program since the College began in 1994. 1,976 graduates have preceded Tim, and with an ever-increasingly rigorous pool of candidates, his selection was of the highest honor of a trial lawyer in the country.
Being accepted into the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer’s College required Tim being scored by a committee of board and faculty members, and then selected by a second committee of board members and their Executive Director. Tim’s selection was based on a number of factors including his essay, life experience and his trial experience. Trial Lawyer’s College selection process is designed to ensure a diversified class that will provide a most thoughtful learning experience and the opportunity for increased awareness to hone skills to be a better trial lawyer and a better person.
ABOUT THE TRIAL LAWYER’S COLLEGE MISSION STATEMENT
The Trial Lawyers College is dedicated to training and educating lawyers and judges who are committed to the jury system and to representing and obtaining justice for individuals; the poor, the injured, the forgotten, the voiceless, the defenseless and the damned, and to protecting the rights of such people from corporate and government oppression. In all of its activities, the Trial Lawyers College will foster and nourish an open atmosphere of caring for people regardless of their race, age, creed, religion, national origin, physical abilities, gender or sexual orientation.
This is what its founder and American’s most prolific Trial Lawyer of our time has to say about TLC:
“I can’t change the legal system, but I can change those who work ·within the systems. And I can give them the tools and weapons that they can’t get anywhere else to fight for justice and WIN!”– Gerry Spence, TLC Co-Founder & Famed Trial Lawyer
ABOUT GERRY SPENCE
Gerry Spence has never lost a criminal case, nor has he lost a civil case since 1969, and he has had more multi-million dollar verdicts without an intervening loss than any lawyer in America.
He has spent his life representing the poor, the injured, the forgotten and the damned against what he calls “the new slave master” — a combination of mammoth corporations and gargantuan government. He has tried and won many nationally known cases, including the Karen Silkwood case (a movie was made of the case with Meryl Streep and Cher), the defense of Randy Weaver at Ruby Ridge, the defense of Imelda Marcos (widow of the late President of the Philippines), the case against Penthouse Magazine on behalf of former Miss Wyoming Kim Pring, and the murder defenses of Ed Cantrell and Sandy Jones (of which he wrote about, respectively, in Gunning for Justice and Smoking Gun).
Gerry Spence is the founder of the Trial Lawyers College which has established a revolutionary method for training trial lawyers for the people. He believes that what he has learned in a career should be shared with those who will continue to strive for justice on behalf of ordinary citizens. At the College, he and his pro bone staff teach important skills and methods to trial lawyers for the people as well as to lawyers who have dedicated their professional lives to defeating the death penalty.