National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Deposition Skills: New Orleans

April 24,2019 thru April 26,2019
Hampton Inn & Suites
1201 Convention Center Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70130
Tuition: $1845.00


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.


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.

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


Whether you are a seasoned trial attorney, brand new to your practice, or anywhere in between - attending a NITA deposition skills 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.

Scholarships are available for this program through the NITA foundation. Additional information on how to apply for a scholarship, can be found here.


– Course Materials

– One on one personalized feedback from our expert faculty

– Experienced actors for role-playing witness parts

*Qualifies as one credit toward the NITA Advocate Designation


"This program is incredible. I think all young attorneys would benefit from attending and learning from veteran litigators. Feedback is provided immediately and is tailored to your personal performance, habits, and strategies. It doesn’t get any better than NITA." - Michael Sutton, Conner & Winters LLP

"Overall, an excellent course. You are thrown right in, which while stress-inducing, is really the only way to structure the course... having the opportunity to learn in this type of environment is invaluable." - Matthew Murphy, Richards Layton & Finger PA

"My firm suggested this would be helpful and would assist me in my practice as I am now taking and defending depositions regularly. I feel much more prepared now." - Risa Chalfin, Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer

Dominic J. Gianna

Aaron & Gianna PLC
New Orleans, LA

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Lisa A. Marcy

Clyde Snow & Sessions
Salt Lake City, UT

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David Bercuson

Miami, FL

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Juliet Puissegur Bland

Metairie, LA

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Jude D. Bourque

Louisiana Attorney General Ofc
Baton Rouge, LA

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Joycelyn J. Eason

Wells Fargo Law Department
Charlotte, NC

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Marianne Wise Fletchinger

Deutsch Kerrigan LLP
New Orleans, LA

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Reeve G. Jacobus Jr.

Williford Mcallister Jacobus
Ridgeland, MS

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John A. Kehoe

Kehoe Law Firm
Philadelphia, PA

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Mishell B. Kneeland

Culhane Meadows PLLC
Austin, TX

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Jessica Murray

Schwartz & Associates PA
Jackson, MS

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Ed Sullivan

Elkhart, IN

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Richard F. Werstein

Lewisville, TX

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Mary K. Cryar

CNA Insurance
Metairie, LA

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Michael E. Franklin

Wells Fargo Law Dept
St. Louis, MO

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Erin S. Beyer

Hill & Beyer APLC
Lafayette, LA

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You may check-in for the program from 11:00 am Wednesday, April 24. The program will start promptly at 12:30 pm on that date and will conclude Friday, April 26, around 4:00 pm. These times will be finalized when you receive the program schedule about a month out from the program start date.

The program will be held at the following location:

Hampton Inn & Suites New Orleans Convention Center
1201 Convention Center Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Participants are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements.  Please contact the hotel directly for reservations and additional information.
Hampton Inn & Suites New Orleans Convention Center
1201 Convention Center Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Rates from 179.00 USD/Night

You may book reservations by calling 1-800-292-0653 and requesting the group NITA (coded NIO)  and the dates. 

Guests can click on the link below and book their reservations online.

All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card and made no later than March 23, 2019. Please note that there are limited rooms available based on a first come, first serve basis.

Cancellations must be made 72 hours prior to the arrival date to avoid penalty.


The airport is approximately 20 minutes from the hotel. Airport shuttle service is available for approximately $24.00 per person one way and can be caught outside the baggage claim area every 15 minutes or scheduled by calling 504.522.3500.  Cab fare from the airport to the hotel  is approximately $36.00. Due to the location of the program and close proximity of restaurants, etc. We recommend you do not rent a car in New Orleans.

Parking Information

Overnight valet parking for hotel guests is $39.00, one car only, with in-and-out privileges.  Conference parking is $15.00 per day.  This excludes overnight parking.

Due to the location of the program and close proximity of restaurants, etc., we recommend you do not rent a car in New Orleans.


Continental breakfast and refreshments will be provided most days of the program.  Lunch will be on your own; however, there are many restaurants near the program site, and you will be given a restaurant list on the first day of the program. 


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.


Program materials will be shipped approximately four weeks prior to program's start date from our fulfillment company Wolters Kluwer.  For delivery or return questions related to NITA Program materials, please contact Wolters Kluwer at or call (800) 234-1660.

If you sign up 2 weeks prior to the course you will receive the case file by e-mail and the textbook will be shipped UPS Ground to your address. If any part of the textbook is necessary to your program preparation you will receive an electronic version of those sections as well.

Pre-program preparation requires that you become familiar with the case file and problems. 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. Read the Taking and Defending “Winning” Depositions (Gianna & Marcy) download before the Program.

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)

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