National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Deposition to Trial: Indianapolis

October 5,2019 thru October 11,2019
Robert H McKinney School of Law
530 W. New York Stree
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Tuition: $2945.00

NITA's Deposition To Trial: Indianapolis program offers participants the chance to work on a case from the initial depositions through the jury trial. By taking the full program, you will use the proven NITA method of experiential learning to enhance your taking and defending depositions, trial skills in the courtroom and your use of technology and exhibits.

About the Deposition Portion:

“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.

About the Trial Portion:

Are you ready to step into a courtroom with the ease and composure of a lawyer with by 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, law professors, and communications experts—from coast to coast.

“I will always be nervous, but after NITA I am not afraid.”

There’s no better place for you to practice what we preach than in a NITA classroom, where our advocacy instructors help you break down what makes for effective openings and closings, how to direct and cross to greater effect, what are the best practices for admitting and using exhibits, and utilizing the right tactics to impeach and rehabilitate witnesses. In addition to prepping and examining fact witnesses this program also incorporates real expert witnesses (fire investigators) into the workshops. You'll also learn jury selection techniques and have multiple opportunities to argue motions.

John D. LaDue

LaDue Curran & Kuehn LLC
South Bend, IN

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Nancy H. Vaidik

Indiana Court of Appeals
Indianapolis, IN

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You may sign in for the program from 7:30am to 8:00am on Saturday, October 5.  The program will start promptly at 8:00am on that date with the deposition program and will conclude Friday, October 11 at 5:00 pm with the trial program. The start and end times for this program are not finalized.

The program will be held at the following location.

IU School of Law-Indianapolis (IUPUI Campus)
Inlow Hall
530 W. New York St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Participants are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements.  Both of our reccomendations are located a short walk from the unviersity. Please contact the hotels directly for reservations and additional information.

Residence Inn on the Canal
350 W. New York St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Located 0.1 miles away from Indiana University School of Law.

Courtyard by Marriott
320 North Senate Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
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Located 0.1 miles away from Indiana University School of Law.


Taxi service is available from the airport for approximately $25.00 each way.  The Law School is approximately a 3 minute walk from the Hotels listed.  Taxi service from your hotel to the law school and back can be scheduled by using a taxi service. 

Indianapolis Yellow Cab 317.247.6233

AAA Taxi 317.821.8000

Parking Information

You will receive a parking pass to park in the lot near the law school.  Parking at the hotels is available, contact the hotels for rates.


There will be snacks provided throughout the program.  Lunch will be provided on Wednesday, October 8 and Friday, October 10.  All other days please make lunch arrangements by utilizing area restaurants.


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 CLEattire 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.  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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