Frye Law - May 2019

THE Defender

MAY 2019

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TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK!

A TRIBUTE TO TRIAL LAWYERS COLLEGE AND ALL ITS AMAZING INSTRUCTORS!

Teacher Appreciation Week, which takes place May 6-10 this year, provides people the opportunity to acknowledge educators who have made a difference in their lives. This weeklong event is one that can be celebrated by everyone. Regardless of your background or experience, it’s safe to assume that you’ve had at least one teacher who helped shape your educational experience and impacted your life. This month, I’d like to honor a group of teachers I started working with in 2013, all of whom continue to significantly influence my life and my firm today: Gerry Spence and his team of instructors at Trial Lawyers College (TLC). I first heard about TLC during its inaugural years in the mid-90s. While I thought it sounded like an amazing opportunity, I was a prosecutor at the time, and since the entire TLC curriculum is centered around training plaintiff lawyers rather than corporations, they weren’t accepting students who represented the government. Several years down the road, a friend of mine who serves as a local attorney mentioned that he was attending a regional event. I had started my defense firm by then, and since I was a candidate for the college, I began to fully immerse myself in research. TLC’s vision is to train a new breed of lawyer they describe as “a warrior who has the courage to become a real person first and who then has the heart to fight for justice in their own compassionate voice.” Gerry Spence, the founder of TLC, still serves as Chairman of the Board and was joined by President John Sloan in 2014. Together, they have based their entire curriculum on psychodrama (putting words and stories into action). “TLC’s vision is to train a new breed of lawyer they describe as ‘a warrior who has the courage to become a real person first and who then has the heart to fight for justice in their own compassionate voice.’” The idea of attorney training tends to conjure up images of uncomfortable desks and boring PowerPoint presentations. But TLC is exactly the opposite. I started out participating in a 3-week course in the middle of Wyoming with no internet connection. I spent 9 hours a day in demonstrative sessions led by fellow attorneys with no phone service. While I anticipated driving away from the ranch with ample new strategies to implement in my own trials, I never imagined I would

learn as much as I did. Even though I’d been an attorney for

20 years at that point, the trip still had a profound effect on the way I’ve approached every single case since.

As a result of my initial experiences with TLC, I decided I wanted to help the organization reach as many fellow attorneys as possible. Now, I attend regional events and lead presentations as a member of the staff! In fact, I recently traveled to Austin, Texas, where I presented on “voir dire.” It’s been amazing to see the same joy and motivation that was ignited in me in 2013 in the eyes of the newer attendees, and I’m counting the days until our next event. The vision that TLC has created resonates with lawyers all over the country for an important reason: the emphasis on human connection. Bringing their strategies into my own practice has made a world of difference in every aspect of the cases I take on. To Gerry Spence and all the other instructors at TLC, I appreciate you so much!

–Kim Keheley Frye

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