National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Deposition Skills: Houston

March 22,2019 thru March 24,2019
Locke Lord LLP
600 Travis St Ste 2800
Houston, TX 77002
Tuition: $1845.00

“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 expertstrial lawyers, judges, and law professorsfrom 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 theorieslegal, 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 tabledefending a depositionyou’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 againwith 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 learnedskills thatwill serve you well until the day you retire from practice.

*Qualifies as one credit toward the NITA Advocate Designation

Jim Lawrence

Univ of Houston Law Center
Houston, TX

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Stephanie M. Ledesma

Thurgood Marshall Sch of Law
Sugar Land, TX

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Michael E. Clark

Duane Morris LLP
Houston, TX

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Janet L Rushing

Greer Herz & Adams LLP
League City, TX

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Mia Lorick

Roberts Markel PC | ROBETX026
Houston, TX

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Barbara J. Stalder

Pearland, TX

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James E. Doyle

Doyle Restrepo et al
Houston, TX

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Mark D. Goranson

Law Ofc of Mark D Goranson
Houston, TX

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Fred Wahrlich

Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC
Houston, TX

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Katherine James

The James Law Firm
Houston, TX

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Reies Flores

Houston, TX

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Penn Huston

MouerHuston PC
Houston, TX

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Natasha N. Taylor

Wright Close & Barger LLP
Houston, TX

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You may check in for the program on Friday, March 22. The program will conclude Sunday, March 24. The program will be held at the following location:

Locke Lord LLP
JPMorgan Chase Tower
600 Travis St., Ste. 2800
Houston, TX 77002


Participants are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements. Please contact the hotels directly for reservations and additional information.

Magnolia Hotel Houston
1100 Texas St
Houston, TX 77002
0.2 miles from program location

Hyatt Regency Houston
1200 Louisiana St
Houston, TX 77002
0.8 miles from program location


The hotels listed under accommodations are within walking distance of the program location. There are many hotel options in downtown Houston.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport is a half hour drive from downtown Houston. Cab fare will range from $70 - $75 from the airport to the hotel.

Parking Information

Parking at the 601 Travis St garage is available for $40.00 on Friday and $10.00 on the weekend. Other parking options close by can be located by going to and typing in “601 Travis St” into the search engine.


Please eat lunch before you arrive at the program on the first day. Light snacks will be provided during the program.


Appropriate business attire is required throughout the program's duration. Most of the class sessions are conducted in a simulated deposition setting.

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. 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.

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.

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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