“They always told us in Tennessee, ‘Great songs aren’t written — they’re re-written.’ I think that saying could apply for us in our work as trial lawyers.”

In this multifaceted episode of the TLC podcast, host Rafe Foreman is joined by singer/songwriter and trial attorney Sam Wooden to continue our ‘Words Matter’ series. Offering his perspective on the connection between art and the performance of the trial lawyer, Sam shares the story behind his love for music and its parallels with his discovery of psychodrama and his application of these methods to win justice for his clients.

Armed with his guitar and his voice, Sam supports the link between the art of creating sound and presenting a powerful argument to the jury with a real-time performance of his music. This sparks a moving dialogue between Sam and Rafe, who draw upon their own experiences to solidify the messages of connection, compassion, creativity, and spontaneity that lie behind the TLC methods and the duty of the trial lawyer.

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Episode Guest, Sam Wooden

Sam Wooden grew up in rural Jo Daviess County, Illinois. He graduated from Buena Vista University in 2007 and earned his law degree from the University of Kentucky in 2010. After law school, Sam moved to Nashville, TN, where he opened his own practice while also working in the music industry. In 2016, he joined Reynolds & Kenline in Dubuque, Iowa as a general practice attorney covering the practice areas of criminal defense, environmental protection, estate planning and probate, real estate, personal injury, employment law, and administrative law, among others.