National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Deposition Skills: Orange County

July 25,2019 thru July 27,2019
Chapman Univ Schl of Law
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866
Tuition: $1845.00

Please note that the dates and facility for this program are currently tentative.

“I went from trembling at the thought of taking a deposition
to anxiously awaiting my first opportunity . . . .”

Can you walk into a deposition convinced you’ll get the information you need and secure the admissions you want from the opposition? Or if it’s your witness being deposed, do you know how to prepare them for the experience and protect them from walking into traps?

These are some of the abilities you’ll hone when you take a Deposition Skills program from NITA. For over forty years, we’ve offered advocacy training taught by a veritable “who’s who” of advocacy experts—trial lawyers, judges, and law professors—from across the country, volunteers who donate their time and dedicate it to your professional development.

There’s no better place for you to practice what we preach than in a NITA classroom. Our brief lectures and demonstrations will give you a solid base of knowledge and familiarity with deposition practice.  Learn to:

  • use the Funnel Technique to exhaust a witness’s subject knowledge
  • identify other potential sources of information
  • close off avenues of escape
  • work with documents and exhibits to gather information, refresh memory, and impeach
  • test your potential theories—legal, factual, or persuasive
  • deal with opposing counsel’s objections
  • manage difficult witnesses, counsel, and clients
  • become “comfortable with being uncomfortable” in the unpredictability of a deposition

And for those times when you’re on the opposite side of the table—defending a deposition—you’ll discover how to prepare your witness both substantively and emotionally for the experience while sharpening your instincts for when and how to make objections and instruct your witness not to answer.

Then it’s time to take the stage, performing each of these elements in a series of simulated depositions and witness preparation exercises. You’ll get personalized coaching to help you immediately improve your skills. But unlike in an actual deposition where the outcome is real, with NITA you get to make instant course corrections and practice them again—with only your old habits at stake. NITA’s “learning-by-doing” method, when practiced in the safe harbor of the classroom, allows you to take calculated risks and perform under pressure, without ever jeopardizing your client’s case or your own reputation.

“[It] provided everything I needed to be confident in my first deposition,
which took place on the Monday after class [and] went so well that opposing counsel [. . .] agreed to mediate.”

After three days with NITA, you’ll return to your office empowered to make immediate use of everything you’ve learned—skills thatwill serve you well until the day you retire from practice.

*Qualifies as one credit toward the NITA Advocate Designation

Sidney K Kanazawa

McGuireWoods LLP
Los Angeles, CA

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Angela M Porter

Alternate Public Defender
Los Angeles, CA

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Check-In

You may check in from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm on Thursday, July 25th. The program will start promptly at 1:00 pm on that date and will conclude by 3:45pm on Saturday, July 27th.  The program will be held at:


Chapman University School of Law
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866
714.997.6815
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Accomodations

We are recommending the following hotels for your stay in Orange, CA. 

Attendees are responsible for making their own reservations.

Towneplace Suites Anaheim Maingate
1730 S State College Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92806
1-888-236-2427

Transportation

You can take the Super Shuttle from the airport to nearby hotels at a cost of approximately $22.00 one way, or a taxi at a cost of approximately $40.00 one way. 

Parking Information

Participants should park in the Barrera Structure; you will be emailed a copy of the parking pass for this structure with your program information email. Be sure to place the permit face-up on your dashboard. For additional parking questions please call Parking Services at 714.997.6763

Meals

Snacks and beverages will be provided.  Attendees will be on their own for lunch and dinner.  There are restaurants within walking distance from the law school. 

Attire

Attendees are encouraged to wear "courtroom attire" during the program. Not only might a lawyer's appearance have an effect on the trier of fact, and is thus a matter of concern for the serious advocate, but it has been our experience that attendees dressed more formally than the usual CLE attire find themselves more easily “getting into character” and presenting a more polished performance. Dressing for court also provides each attendee with more realistic feedback when watching the recorded performances each day. On occasion, there may be a casual day during the program that will be announced on-site.

CLE Credits

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:
Trial Program: 36-75 Credits
Deposition Program: 16-25 Credits
Specialty Program: 8-22 Credits

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.

Preparation

Pre-program preparation requires that you become familiar with the FACTS associated with the case file and/or problems. In order to get the maximum benefit from the program, it is imperative that you prepare as much as possible in advance, as time for preparation during the program is extremely limited. Please refer to the program schedule for assignment details to prepare for your performances in each workshop.

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.


If you sign up 2 weeks prior to the course you will receive the case file electronically and the textbook will be shipped UPS Ground to the address on your application.

Advocate Designation

Are you serious about developing a well-rounded foundation in advocacy skills?
Prove it by completing the NITA Advocate Designation program.

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.

PACKAGE COST: $5700

(Total price if programs are purchased individually: $7135)

In addition to this trial skills course, here are the other upcoming required courses in your area: