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.
The National Session has maximized performance time for participants, allowing you to practice and master isolated trial skills in a relaxed setting. During the program you will be performing:
• Opening statements • Direct and cross-examination of fact witnesses • Direct and cross-examination of two real expert witnesses • The introduction of and persuasion with exhibits • A practical guide to evidence (answering your specific questions) • Impeachment by prior inconsistent statements and omissions • Examinations of the non-responsive and difficult witness • Using technology in the courtroom to enhance and not distract from your presentation • Jury selection • Oral advocacy in a motions setting • Powerful closing arguments
• Opening statements
• Direct and cross-examination of fact witnesses
• Direct and cross-examination of two real expert witnesses
• The introduction of and persuasion with exhibits
• A practical guide to evidence (answering your specific questions)
• Impeachment by prior inconsistent statements and omissions
• Examinations of the non-responsive and difficult witness
• Using technology in the courtroom to enhance and not distract from your presentation
• Jury selection
• Oral advocacy in a motions setting
• Powerful closing arguments
To signify the end of the first half of the program, you will conduct a bench trial. Afterwards you will be conducting increasingly more advanced trial exercises, focusing on jury selection, experts, and oral advocacy in motions, until the final jury trial. You will participate in two jury trials, one as counsel and one as a witness. Following the trial you will gain valuable insight into jury deliberation as you will watch the real jurors deliberate and, upon hearing their verdict, have a chance to ask them questions and hear their feedback.
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.
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
– Two Interactive Jury Trials 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
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You may check in for the program from 8:00 am to 9:00 am on July 24. The program will start promptly at 9:00 am on that date and will conclude August 1 at 5:00 pm. The program will be held at the following location:
NITA Education Center
1685 38th St, Ste 200
Boulder, CO 80301
We recommend the following hotels for your stay. Attendees are responsible for booking their own hotel reservations.
Residence Inn Boulder
Start date: 7/23/19
End date: 8/1/19
Last day to book: 7/2/19
Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate:
· Residence Inn Boulder for $199.00 USD per night
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Courtyard by Marriott (1.4 Miles from NEC)
4710 Pearl E Cir | Boulder, CO 80301 | 303.440-4700
The Denver International Airport (DIA) is about 1 hour from Boulder.
The Boulder Super Shuttle has an airport shuttle that goes between DIA and Boulder and is open daily from 5:00 am until 12:00 midnight. The cost is around $25.00 one-way or $62.00 round-trip to any Hotel in the area. For more information, please call 303.227.0000. (Note: Travel time may be up to 2 hours.)
The Green Ride Boulder has airport shuttles that run between DIA and Boulder as well. The cost is approximately $25 one-way and $48 round-trip. They have a pick-up and drop-off depot right by the Homewood Suites Boulder Hotel for quick and convenient service. For more information, please call 303.997.0238.
Taxi service is also available at level 5 of the airport. There is a stand with cabs available. The cost is approximately $85.00. Union Cabs can be ordered by calling 303.922.2222.
Parking at the hotels and facility are free.
You will be provided snacks and beverages each day. Lunch will be provided on selected days throughout 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 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.
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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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)
"I thought it was excellent. I learned so much in just seven days and saw a marked improvement in my trial skills. The faculty were highly knowledgeable and engaged and gave a lot of really helpful feedback and advice."Charles Zagnoli, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"Terrific course and faculty! I have been recommending the course non-stop."Jared Watkins, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"The program was very intense and very informative. The "learn by doing" approach worked well for me. As a senior attorney, I welcomed the refresher."Celeste Jones, 2019 NITA Program Participant
"Excellent training: probably the best CLE I've attended in 10+ years of practice. I was particularly impressed by the faculty's diversity."Engels Tejeda, 2019 NITA Program Participant
"Absolutely excellent. A tremendous experience that I will never forget. I am grateful for the dedication that makes the course possible."Eric Lucentini, 2019 NITA Program Participant
"This course was fantastic, I am so glad that I was able to attend. This was a very intensive course but was well worth the time and effort."Lauren Shoffner, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"Excellent course. I learned a lot from the excellent instructors. It was a well-designed course - it was helpful to get the practice and repetition of being on my feet and speaking every day."Kevin Wolff, 2019 NITA Program Participant
"Exceptional. This experience exceeded my expectations. It pushed me way beyond my comfort zone, and I grew as a lawyer as a result."Stacy Robinson, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"It was an amazing course. I learned a lot not only on a professional level, but also on a personal level."Mujdah Rahim, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"During that week you [NITA Faculty Member] taught me more than just skills to use in the courtroom, you helped me gain confidence that I had lost somewhere along the way. You reminded me why I love the practice of family law and advocating for my clients...You made me a better attorney and restored the desire to continue to strive to be and do better every day."Keela Johnson, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"One of the best NITA courses I have attended. The teacher/student ratio was great. The small group size really makes a difference."Daniel Lindsay, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"This was a fantastic course. I loved how approachable the instructors were and how there was a genuine feeling of them wanting to help and not just criticize."Joshua Bishop, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"This NITA course significantly surpassed my expectations. I learned a lot about the subject of trial advocacy and about myself. I really appreciated the emphasis on not trying to fit into a "perfect trial lawyer" personality type, but rather how to use your real personality to be an effective trial lawyer."Bryony Coiner, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"I learned more than I ever expected, and that week has been a huge factor in my readiness for my upcoming cases... I wouldn’t have the confidence and comfort that I have heading into these trials without NITA."Cary Bricker, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"I really enjoyed the NITA seminar, and it was well worth the investment in my education. The level of talent in each group as well as the really positive environment NITA creates was impressive. I learned a lot, and learned a lot about myself. I genuinely feel I grew in skills that I'm positive will help in my career. I'm left wanting to take another class!"Arturo Zepeda, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"Amazing course. I am a brand new attorney, and this training gave me a strong foundation for trial. Any attorney in my position should attend."Alex Breckenridge, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"OW! NITA delivers! This was the best decision I made. You all have perfected this program. I will forever be grateful to the faculty and program directors that ran this course. You are ALL exceptional! THANK YOU!"Shadbanou Azad, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"This course has far exceeded my expectations in every way. So impressed!"Benjamin Dodge, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"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, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"Suitable for all levels of trial experience. Everybody can learn something at this course."Marsha Dailey, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"It is apparent to me, and was apparent to many of us in our discussions throughout the week, that a great deal of time and attention went into the thinking, planning, preparing and executing of the week-long program. Each day was filled with new staff and new challenges."David Rashid, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"I survived and even thrived in the NITA Trial Advocacy program. I feel like I improved by leaps and bounds (although I still have a lot to learn). The criminal law team leader, Cathryn Crawford, was wonderful, always providing helpful constructive criticism with a smile. And the faculty (Judge Michael Washington, Terry Campbell, Tod Urban and Presita West) was first rate. They provided great feedback with real world perspective. (As an aside, I'd follow Judge Washington into battle any day!) In the final trial, I represented the defendant accused of commercial arson. It was a lot of work to prepare, but what an exhilarating ending to a great week! I have wanted to attend the program for many years and I wasn't disappointed!"Cheryl Bonner, 2019 Program Participant
"This was a great experience. I walked away more confident in my trial skills... the faculty members were the best part of the experience! They were truly amazing. I honestly wish I could repeat the program and grow even more."Kara Goodman, 2018 NITA Program Participant