National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Deposing the Expert Witness

July 27,2019 thru July 27,2019
Georgetown Univ Law School
600 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001
Tuition: $695.00


Deposing the Expert Witness is as real as it gets. NITA uses real experts trained in the case file’s subject manner. This hands-on expert program is designed to either follow Deposition Skills: DC or as a stand-alone program.


There’s no better place for you to practice what we preach than in a NITA classroom. Work with experts in order to:

• Improve deposition skills

• Help an expert disclose their opinions and the basis for those opinions

• Prepare for the opposing deposition


You’ll get personalized coaching to help you immediately improve your skills. 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.


Whether you are a seasoned trial attorney, brand new to your practice, or anywhere in between - attending a NITA course will give you the skills you need to be a better advocate for your clients. Our world-class faculty will work with you at an individual level, giving you the tools you need to succeed and helping you develop a style and presence that is unique to you.


– One on one personalized feedback from NITA faculty

– Course Materials


"My objective was to learn techniques and theories to become more comfortable and more effective when deposing experts. My objectives were absolutely met." - David Morine, Hattersley Walter, PLLP

"This course was very well conducted and provided valuable skill evaluation." - Michelle Livingston, DC US Department of Justice

Coleman Bird

Georgetown Univ Law School
Chevy Chase, MD

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Perry D. Russell-Hunter

Georgetown Univ Law School
Arlington, VA

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Cary Pollak

Alexandria, VA

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Benjamin T. Riddles

Riddles Law
Pensacola, FL

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You may check-in for the program from 8:00am to 8:30am on Saturday, July 27th.  The program will start promptly at 8:30 am on that date and will conclude by 6:00 pm on Saturday, July 27th.  The program will be held at the following location:

Georgetown University Law Center
600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Please Note: Due to security procedures, all visitors to the Law Center must enter through the 2nd Street entrance, which is the back side of the building.  On the first day, you will be required to show the security officers your NITA confirmation letters.  Your name badge must be worn at all times.  If you exit the building, you must reenter the building through the 2nd Street entrance and you must have your name badge. 


Participants are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements.  Please contact area hotels directly for reservations and additional information. Below are some recommendations, per locality.

The Liaison Capitol Hill
415 New Jersey Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 2001

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill  
400 New Jersey Ave, NW   
Washington, DC 20001    
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Taxi fare from Baltimore-Washington International Airport, National, and Dulles ranges from $30.00 to $90.00.  National Airport is the closest and  it is a 15-minute ride to/from the hotel.  There are no shuttles available from the airports to the hotel. 

Parking Information

There is no parking available at the Law Center.  We encourage people to take the Metro or taxi cabs to the conference.  If you do drive, there are a few parking lots close to the Law Center.


Participants are responsible for their own meals.


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.


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.


(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: