National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Deposition Skills: St. Louis

August 8,2019 thru August 10,2019
Saint Louis University School of Law
100 N. Tucker Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63101
Tuition: $1845.00

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND

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.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

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.

NITA’s LEARNING BY DOING METHOD

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.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

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.

YOUR REGISTRATION INCLUDES

– Course Materials

– One on one personalized feedback from our expert faculty

*Qualifies as one credit toward the NITA Advocate DesignationHEAR FROM NITA’s PAST REGISTRANTS

"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

Nicholas R. Williams

KesslerWilliams
St. Louis, MO

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Amy Hanley

District Court Judge, Division 1
Lawrence, KS

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Annie C. Deets

DeKalb Cnty Public Defender
Atlanta, GA

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Salvador A. Mungia

Gordon Thomas Honeywell
Tacoma, WA

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Mark A. Drummond

8th Judicial Crct of Illinois
Quincy, IL

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Michael Noble


St. Louis, MO

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Matthew J. McCoyd


Decatur, GA

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Check-In

You may check in for the program from 8:00am to 8:45am, Thursday, August 8th.  The program will start promptly at 9:00am on Thursday, August 8th and will conclude on Saturday, August 10th by 1:10pm.  Do not make plans to leave before 1:10pm and allow 2 hours for airport shuttle.  The program will be held at the following location:

Hosted at:
Saint Louis University School of Law
100 N. Tucker Blvd.
Sy. Luois, MO 63101
314.977.2800
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Accomodations

Participants are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements.  There are no negotiated room rates for this program, the following hotels are recommended based on their proximity to the program.

The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis

212 Kings highway Blvd.

St. Louis, MO 63108

314-633-3000

https://www.sonesta.com

Residence Inn by Marriott St. Louis Downtown

525 S Jefferson Ave

St. Louis, MO 63103

314-289-7500

www.marriott.com

Hyatt Regency St. Louis At The Arch

315 Chestnut St

St. Louis, MO 63102

314-655-1234

www.hyatt.com

Transportation

The Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is approximately 25 minutes from the University area. SuperShuttle runs to the University area or regular taxi/uber/lyft services are available.

Parking Information

The program will be held at the SLU School of Law (in the heart of St. Louis). Scott Hall is located at 100 N. Tucker Blvd. The cross streets are Pine (one-way heading west) and Chestnut (one-way heading east). There is street parking available as well as surface lots and a few parking garages within walking distance. Here is information on parking from Downtown St. Louis. https://downtownstl.org/parking/

For more information on parking please visit their website: https://www.slu.edu/parking/visitor-parking.php Meals

Breaks and beverages will be provided at the program. 

Attire

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.

Preparation

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.

PACKAGE COST: $5700

(Total price if programs are purchased individually: $7135)

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