The National Institute for Trial Advocacy is the world-wide leader in advocacy skills training. NITA brings its forty years of educational leadership in learning-by-doing to bear in this specialized program for family law practitioners. Working in partnership with the American Bar Association’s Section of Family Law this program covers all of the skills used in a divorce proceeding, including the examination of fact and expert witnesses, introduction of exhibits, making and meeting objections, opening statement and closing argument.
There’s no better place for you to practice what we preach than in a NITA classroom, where our advocacy instructors:
• help you break down what makes for effective openings and closings • instructs you on how to direct and cross to greater effect • demonstrates what are the best practices for admitting and using exhibits • provides you with the tools to utilize the right tactics to impeach and rehabilitate witnesses
• help you break down what makes for effective openings and closings
• instructs you on how to direct and cross to greater effect
• demonstrates what are the best practices for admitting and using exhibits
• provides you with the tools to utilize the right tactics to impeach and rehabilitate witnesses
Participants work in groups of six or eight in a simulated courtroom environment. Each student takes an active role in their learning by honing his or her trial skills through performance and constructive feedback from instructors. Lectures and demonstrations are kept to a minimum as everyone learns through hands-on experience. Law schools and other CLE providers have adopted NITA teaching methods for their own programs.
Now, you might argue that you don’t have time to leave your work and clients to attend a multi-day training session. Or maybe you can’t justify investing even more money in professional development after law school tuition and loans.
Our question for you is, what is your current skillset costing you in terms of confidence untapped? Leadership unstirred? Verdicts un-won?
Even if nine out of every ten of your cases settle before trial, when you learn trial skills by actually doing them, it translates into better outcomes for your clients. Whether you litigate, mediate, settle, or simply meet face to face with your client for advice, understanding the complexities of a trial empowers you to be a more influential advocate for your clients, in court—and out.
The ABA scholarship deadline is Monday, April 1st. In order to apply for a scholarship through the ABA, please fill out the scholarship application here.The ABA will contact you regarding your application.
NITA discounts and scholarships are not applicable for this program.
Based on a 60-minute hour, it is anticipated that participants of this trial skills program will receive 44.25 units of credit and one unit of ethics.
California and Florida Attorneys: The ABA/NITA Family Law TAI course counts towards certification in marital and family law specialization.
Read more about the program here.
– Course Materials
– Video Performance Review and Feedback
– Counseling by special expert in communications and theater for private half-hour session
– Interactive Half-Day Jury Trial with Feedback
"I thought the course was excellent. I feel much more confident about my ability to do direct, cross, enter exhibits, present opening/closing statements, etc." - Sarah Fitzgerald, Thompson & Knight
"I am amazed at how much I was able to learn about myself, new techniques and effective case presentation. I gained more from this seminar than I ever thought possible, and I think this course is vital for any lawyer who finds themselves in a courtroom." - Mallory Deckard, Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn LLP
"I really enjoyed the course and thought the practice of getting on your feet and practicing the trial techniques was very beneficial. I also thought the instructors I had each day were very knowledgeable and helpful." - Jeffrey Basso, Campolo Middleton & McCormick LLP
Peskind Law Firm
St Charles, IL
Epstein Patierno LLP
Denver District Court
CashattWarren Family Law, P.C.
Des Moines, IA
CashattWarren Family Law, P.C.
Des Moines, IA
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Rio Verde, AZ
Ferro Battey MacNamara
Robinson & Henry PC
Highlands Ranch, CO
Kinser Bates LLP
St Louis Univ Schl Of Law
St Louis, MO
Univ of Houston Law Center
Hannigan Law Firm LLC
Ward Black Law
Ammarell Deasy LLP
Ashley Willcott Atty At Law
Ventrelli | Simon LLC
Wright Family Law
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Thurgood Marshall Law Sch
Sugar Land, TX
Walzer & Melcher
Woodland Hills, CA
Padilla Law PC
Katz Goldstein & Warren
Denver Juvenile Court
Financial Research Associates
New York, NY
Denver District Court
Attorney at Law
Petersen Henson Meadows et al
Cohen & Wolf
Cage Bucar Lewis
Denver District Court
You may sign in for the program from 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. on July 13, 2019 with the program starting at 10:30 a.m. The program concludes July 20, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. Do not schedule airline flights from Denver International Airport until 6:00 p.m. or later.
NITA Education Center (NEC)
1685 38th Street, Suite 200
Boulder, CO 80301-2735
Participants are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements. Please contact the hotel directly for reservations and additional information.
St. Julien Hotel and Spa
900 Walnut Street
Boulder, CO 80302
Group Rate: $279 per night
Reference: ABA Family Law
Residence Inn Boulder
3030 Center Green Drive
Boulder, CO 80303
(1.8 miles from the NEC)
Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate at the Residence Inn Boulder for $199.00 per night
Start date: 7/13/19
End date: 7/20/19
Last day to book: 6/21/19
4710 Pearl E Circle
Boulder, CO 80301
(1.3 miles from the NEC)
The Denver International Airport (DIA) is about one hour from Boulder. The Boulder Super Shuttle has an airport shuttle that goes between DIA and Boulder and is open daily from 5:00am until 12:30am. For more information, please call 303.227.0000. Note: Travel time may be up to 3 hours.
Union Cab has taxis at DIA 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. You can catch one at a cab stand outside on the 5th level of the airport. Cost will be approximately $100.00 one way. Please call 303.922.2222 to schedule a pick-up.
Parking is free at the NEC and the hotel.
Lunch will be provided everyday along with breaks and beverages.
Please dress as if you would for court. The first Saturday and Tuesday are casual attire days.
All states have different MCLE requirements. Please make sure that the state(s) you require credit for were either noted in your registration or communicated to the Program Specialist prior to the start of the program. NITA will not apply to states for course approval after the start of the program. Please note that if you do not complete the program in its entirety, some states do not award partial credit.
For an estimate of credit hours by program type, please see below.States Based on a 50 Minute Credit Hour:
States Based on a 60 Minute Credit Hour:
Trial Program: 30-63 Credits
Deposition Program: 13-21 Credits
Specialty Program: 7-20 Credits
If you need to know the exact number of credits for a specific program please contact your Program Specialist.
Program materials will be shipped approximately four weeks prior to program's start date from our fulfillment company Wolters Kluwer. The materials packaging will be from Wolters Kluwer not NITA so please watch out for this shipment.
Time for preparation during the program is extremely limited. In order to get the maximum benefit from the program, it is imperative that you prepare as much as possible in advance. You should read and become thoroughly familiar with the materials (problems and/or case files) assigned in the daily schedule. You should also prepare the first day’s assigned exercises. There will be limited time for preparation during the program (class sessions generally last from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.), so prepare as much as possible in advance.
PRE-PROGRAM PREPARATION REQUIRES THAT YOU READ OVER ONE HUNDRED PAGES OF MATERIAL AND BECOME FAMILIAR WITH THE FACTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE CASE FILE.
Effective lawyers are masters of all case facts. Every participant will also serve as a witness during the program. Your advanced reading should focus not only on reviewing the case materials to do your exercises but also in becoming familiar enough with the facts so you can play each witness listed in the program schedule. It is critical you know the facts to be most effective in the exercises and to serve the role of the witness. Without advance preparation your learning experience is diminished. Please prepare to help your fellow participants as they are preparing to make your performances better.
Be recognized for your NITA training! Achieving a NITA Designation allows you to demonstrate your expertise to clients and colleagues. Upon completion of your required coursework, NITA will send you a letter, certificate and an e-mail with a special graphic logo attached. Use these documents to demonstrate your advocacy knowledge through your website, advertising, etc. The NITA Designation logo will also be added to your Martindale-Hubble profile.
The required courses for the NITA Advocate Designation include one building trial skills course, one deposition skills course and one specialty course. The courses can be purchased individually but we also offer discounted package pricing.
(Total price if programs are purchased individually: $7135)
"Where to start, NITA was incredible. I found all of the knowledge gained from the professors to be invaluable. I can feel confident next time I am in the courtroom after having completed the National Session."Christopher Hussein, 2019 NITA Attendee
"I thought it was excellent. I learned so much in just seven days and saw a marked improvement in my trial skills. The faculty were highly knowledgeable and engaged and gave a lot of really helpful feedback and advice."Charles Zagnoli, 2018 NITA Attendee
"Was a very educational, practically useful course. I've been practicing law for over 10 years and this was the most effective trial skills course I've had."Eileen McGovern, 2019 NITA Attendee
"Even if one is skilled in trial work, it's always good to learn from others. And the instructors were skilled, but varied--and that's a great thing to learn from."Davis Yee, 2019 NITA Attendee
"Terrific course and faculty! I have been recommending the course non-stop."Jared Watkins, 2018 NITA Attendee
"Very informative and practical skills. I saw a lot of improvement and am more confident."Frank Malatesta, 2019 NITA Attendee
"The program was very intense and very informative. The "learn by doing" approach worked well for me. As a senior attorney, I welcomed the refresher."Celeste Jones, 2019 NITA Attendee
"Excellent training: probably the best CLE I've attended in 10+ years of practice. I was particularly impressed by the faculty's diversity."Engels Tejeda, 2019 NITA Attendee
"Absolutely excellent. A tremendous experience that I will never forget. I am grateful for the dedication that makes the course possible."Eric Lucentini, 2019 NITA Attendee
"This course was fantastic, I am so glad that I was able to attend. This was a very intensive course but was well worth the time and effort."Lauren Shoffner, 2018 NITA Attendee
"This course was the best thing I have ever done for my professional development."Chris Bynum, 2019 NITA Attendee
"Great learning experience. I left feeling confident that I could successfully put a trial together beginning to end."Ambrosia Logsdon, 2019 NITA Attendee
"The class was outstanding. I learned SO much and was incredibly inspired. I have been raving about it to friends. I would even call it life-changing, because I have so much more confidence now, and am excited to get out there and fight for my clients."Jennie Feldman, 2019 NITA Attendee
"Excellent course. I learned a lot from the excellent instructors. It was a well-designed course - it was helpful to get the practice and repetition of being on my feet and speaking every day."Kevin Wolff, 2019 NITA Attendee
"Amazing course, best I have ever attended. What a wonderful learning experience."Yvonne Perez, 2019 NITA Attendee
"Exceptional. This experience exceeded my expectations. It pushed me way beyond my comfort zone, and I grew as a lawyer as a result."Stacy Robinson, 2018 NITA Attendee
"It was an amazing course. I learned a lot not only on a professional level, but also on a personal level."Mujdah Rahim, 2018 NITA Attendee
"During that week you [NITA Faculty Member] taught me more than just skills to use in the courtroom, you helped me gain confidence that I had lost somewhere along the way. You reminded me why I love the practice of family law and advocating for my clients...You made me a better attorney and restored the desire to continue to strive to be and do better every day."Keela Johnson, 2018 NITA Attendee
"One of the best NITA courses I have attended. The teacher/student ratio was great. The small group size really makes a difference."Daniel Lindsay, 2018 NITA Attendee
"This was a fantastic course. I loved how approachable the instructors were and how there was a genuine feeling of them wanting to help and not just criticize."Joshua Bishop, 2018 NITA Attendee
"This NITA course significantly surpassed my expectations. I learned a lot about the subject of trial advocacy and about myself. I really appreciated the emphasis on not trying to fit into a "perfect trial lawyer" personality type, but rather how to use your real personality to be an effective trial lawyer."Bryony Coiner, 2018 NITA Attendee
"I learned more than I ever expected, and that week has been a huge factor in my readiness for my upcoming cases... I wouldn’t have the confidence and comfort that I have heading into these trials without NITA."Cary Bricker, 2018 NITA Attendee
"I really enjoyed the NITA seminar, and it was well worth the investment in my education. The level of talent in each group as well as the really positive environment NITA creates was impressive. I learned a lot, and learned a lot about myself. I genuinely feel I grew in skills that I'm positive will help in my career. I'm left wanting to take another class!"Arturo Zepeda, 2018 NITA Attendee
"Amazing course. I am a brand new attorney, and this training gave me a strong foundation for trial. Any attorney in my position should attend."Alex Breckenridge, 2018 NITA Attendee
"OW! NITA delivers! This was the best decision I made. You all have perfected this program. I will forever be grateful to the faculty and program directors that ran this course. You are ALL exceptional! THANK YOU!"Shadbanou Azad, 2018 NITA Attendee
"This course has far exceeded my expectations in every way. So impressed!"Benjamin Dodge, 2018 NITA Attendee
"I am amazed at how much I was able to learn about myself, new techniques and effective case presentation. I gained more from this seminar than I ever thought possible, and I think this course is vital for any lawyer who finds themselves in a courtroom."Mallory Deckard, 2018 NITA Attendee
"Suitable for all levels of trial experience. Everybody can learn something at this course."Marsha Dailey, 2018 NITA Attendee
"It is apparent to me, and was apparent to many of us in our discussions throughout the week, that a great deal of time and attention went into the thinking, planning, preparing and executing of the week-long program. Each day was filled with new staff and new challenges."David Rashid, 2018 NITA Attendee
"I survived and even thrived in the NITA Trial Advocacy program. I feel like I improved by leaps and bounds (although I still have a lot to learn). The criminal law team leader, Cathryn Crawford, was wonderful, always providing helpful constructive criticism with a smile. And the faculty (Judge Michael Washington, Terry Campbell, Tod Urban and Presita West) was first rate. They provided great feedback with real world perspective. (As an aside, I'd follow Judge Washington into battle any day!) In the final trial, I represented the defendant accused of commercial arson. It was a lot of work to prepare, but what an exhilarating ending to a great week! I have wanted to attend the program for many years and I wasn't disappointed!"Cheryl Bonner, 2019 NITA Attendee
"This was a great experience. I walked away more confident in my trial skills... the faculty members were the best part of the experience! They were truly amazing. I honestly wish I could repeat the program and grow even more."Kara Goodman, 2018 NITA Attendee
"Thank you SO much for your wonderful contributions to the NITA program. I can't begin to describe how much I learned. You [NITA Faculty, Sal Mungia] were an invaluable part of the course."Megan Cook, 2019 NITA Attendee
"I very much enjoyed my introduction to NITA... I’ve continued to think about the case and was still drafting closing argument paragraphs in my head on the plane ride home. In addition to the valuable skills training, it was great to meet such excellent practitioners from so many walks of life. "Whitney O'Byrne, 2019 NITA Attendee