Monday, June 18, 2012

THE JURY was my biggest fear.

Leo Finucane, TLC '97 Grad. TLC List Serve, 6/12/2012


A little debriefing from last week's trial because I get so much from it
when you do it.

I settled Linda's case after jury selection and a day of testimony from my

Linda, age 72, got hit by a car as a pedestrian in a store parking lot.
Linda's back was broken and she had to have fusion surgery.  The collision
was captured on the store's security cameras. The trial was about damages
only but we got to play the movie for the jury to show them the force of
impact.  It is a breathtaking little clip.  The hot issue during trial
would be whether Linda was experiencing recent falls from her spinal chord
injury or from a previously existing movement disorder.

But I am here to tell you about my friend, Warrior Steve Shultz and how
much he helped me.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Walgreen's forced to pay!

Kenneth Behrend - TLC '08 Grad. June 11, 2012.

This was my FIRST jury trial since graduating from the college in 2008. Wow, what a difference there is in the experience of trying a case after TLC!!!

In preparing for this case, I listened to the CD's of Gerry's "Win Your Case. During the trial, every morning driving to court and every night driving home, I listened to the section of the book that addressed the part of the case that was actually happening. It felt as if Gerry was standing beside me in the courtroom and was very comforting to here is melodious voice. Interestingly, as I listened to certain sections over and over, my mind would wander into my own examinations, arguments, etc., and helped to crystallize them.

This case involved claims for conversion and breach of contract against Walgreens. My client was a small vendor, whom Walgreens owed money to. Most significantly, my client is owned by my sister Becky, which came with a boatload of additional pressure and family relationship issues, since I am her younger brother. Needless to say, I would never hear the end of it, if I lost the trial.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Fearless - Criminal defense lawyer Anna Durbin takes the cases no one else will

Anna Durbin - TLC  2001 Grad. May 28, 2012
I don't know why they chose me for this article, but I am thankful for my TLC sister Joyce Collier, also 2001, and others for saying such positive things about me. I did mention in my interview how Trial Lawyers College helped bring back the joy in practicing law to me, but I guess that was edited out.  However, the support and information sharing from other lawyers, especially on our wonderful listserves, has always helped me to be a better lawyer for my clients.  And I am always afraid, and I don't take all cases.  But you all know that.  And my brother told his kids to put my picture on their refrigerators to scare the rats out of their kitchens, so you know I got toughened up at an early age.  Thanks to all my fellow Warriors, and to my clients who trust me with their stories and their lives.   
- Anna


Criminal defense lawyer Anna Durbin takes the cases no one else will
IN 2004, KIMBERLY YATES, WHILE SERVING AN 84-MONTH sentence from a drug conviction, was temporarily housed in the Philadelphia Federal Detention Center. She was working in the commissary when a male prison guard ordered her into the basement to attend to a chore. There was no chore. When she got down to the basement, the guard raped her.