Today, Sarah Toney accepted her invitation to attend the 32nd session of the Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming. The Trial Lawyers College is committed to training lawyers who "have the heart to fight for justice in their own passionate voice." It was founded by famous attorney Gerry Spence who still attends every course. In order to apply, Sarah had to fill out an application and write an essay that described who she was. They encourage you not to focus on awards or trial wins, but instead who you are as a person and how you got there.
Sarah's application was scored by a committee made up of board members and faculty. Then a second committee made up of 5 board members and the Executive Director made the final selection. Her selection was based on her essay, her trial experience, and her life experience. Notable faculty members include the two defense attorneys from the Netflix documentary Making A Murderer.
Set at picturesque Thunderhead Ranch, Sarah will attend class everyday from September 7 through September 30 for 8 hours a day. She will have 3 days of breaks. She will also enjoy the benefits of not having constant cell phone coverage or internet access while she is there to truly immerse herself in the experience.
People who have attended TLC in the past describe the experience as life changing, and that you come home not just a better lawyer, but also having a better understanding of yourself. The class is designed to push you outside your comfort level, and to teach you how to put words and stories into action so you better understand your clients' stories, and can better help to seek justice for them in the courtroom.