National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Building Trial Skills: New Orleans

January 19,2020 thru January 25,2020
Hampton Inn & Suites
1201 Convention Center Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70130
Tuition: $2945.00


Are you ready to step into a courtroom with the ease and composure of a lawyer with countless wins at trial? What about walking into a tense negotiation showing so much confidence that opposing counsel settles the case rather than risks facing you in the courtroom?

For over forty years, NITA has offered trial skills programming taught by the best trial lawyers in the country, volunteers who donate their time and dedicate it to your professional success. Nowhere but through NITA can you receive personalized coaching by a veritable “who’s who” of advocacy experts—trial lawyers, judges, and law professors—from coast to coast.


Learn, Master & Practice Persuasion Science and the Craft of Advocacy in the Millenial Age - No Matter your Experience Level:

• learn how people think and decide cases

• learn trial/jury psychology that wins - the art of audience-centric advocacy

• create winning trials through the art of storytelling

• deliver openings that win in the beginning

• conquer evidentiary foundations

• formulate arguments that move and motivate

• learn and practice verbal and non-verbal communication skills

Mastering the Art, Science & Craft of Advocacy is for Every Experience Level

• direct mentoring

• constructive critique

• expert faculty

• actual trial setting

• David Mann - Communication Specialist works with participants focusing on persuasive presentation and storytelling


In front of the camera, you’ll perform each of these aspects of a trial, and learn not just from your own mistakes (and triumphs), but from those of your groupmates, too. On-the-spot video review allows you see and hear yourself the way jurors do. But unlike in a trial where the outcome is real, with NITA you get to make immediate course corrections and practice them over and over—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 feel more comfortable taking calculated risks and performing under pressure, without ever jeopardizing your client’s case or your own reputation. You will also learn (from nationally acclaimed communications specialist David Mann) verbal, non-verbal, and visual communication techniques while practicing the art of thinking and communicating on your feet, without notes. Not to be outdone is Dr. Dan Jacks, one of America's foremost trial psychologists, who offers skills training on trial psychology and the science of modern persuasion.

The capstone of your training? Conducting a full, half-day trial before actual jurors. Afterward, you’ll watch your jurors deliberate, then have a chance to question about the particulars of your performance. Within days, you’ll return to your office empowered to make immediate use of everything you’ve learned—skills that will serve you until the day you retire.


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.

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

– Video Performance Review and Feedback

– Interactive Jury Trial with Feedback

*Qualifies as one credit toward the NITA Advocate Designation


"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

Dominic J. Gianna

Aaron & Gianna PLC
New Orleans, LA

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You may check in for the program from 10:00am to 12:30pm on January, 19th. The program will start promptly at 12:30pm on that date and will conclude on January 25th at 4:00pm. The program will be held at:
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 Hotel

1201 Convention Center Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70130


Negotiated Room Rate:  Rates start at $146.00 plus tax depending on availability and room selected.

Reservation Cut-off date: December 18, 2019 (Although the cut-off date is December 18th, please make reservations as soon as possible, as only a certain number of rooms are available  in our block and reservations are accepted on a first come-first served basis.)

Book your hotel room at this rate

Please state that you are part of the NITA Gulf Coast Regional Trial coded NIT (also listed under National Institute for Trial Advocacy).

Additional information:  Check-in time is 3:00pm and check-out time is 11:00am.  A major credit card is required to guarantee your reservation.  Cancellations must be made 24 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.  Car rental is not recommended.

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.


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 must wear "courtroom attire" during the program, including the first day. 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. There will 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.

Every participant will be asked to serve as a witness during the program. Your advanced reading should focus not only on reviewing the case materials but also in becoming familiar enough with the facts so you can play each of the witnesses listed in the program schedule. Without everyone's advance preparation, the learning experience will be diminished. Please prepare to help your fellow participants, as they are preparing to make your performances better.

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.

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:
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