NITA's Deposition to Trial: Minnesota program offers participants the chance to work on a case from the initial deposition through the jury trial. We recommend you take the full program, however, if you are only able to participate in part of the program, you may register for the following:
Deposition Skills Only Program: Sept. 7 - 8, $1,845.Two full days of demonstrations and workshops sure to increase your ability to effectively take and defend depositions. 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.
Trial Skills Only Program: Sept. 9 - 13, $2,345.Five days of practicing and perfecting your trial advocacy skills culminating in arbitration and 2 jury trials, one as a lawyer, one as a witness.
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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 • Defending the deposition (when and how to use objections) • Work with documents and exhibits to gather information, refresh memory, and impeach • Test your potential theories—legal, factual, or persuasive • Direct/cross examination • Preparation and introduction of exhibits • Negotiations
• Use the Funnel Technique to exhaust a witness’s subject knowledge
• Identify other potential sources of information
• Defending the deposition (when and how to use objections)
• Work with documents and exhibits to gather information, refresh memory, and impeach
• Test your potential theories—legal, factual, or persuasive
• Direct/cross examination
• Preparation and introduction of exhibits
This program literally provides you with years of courtroom experience as you go through the deposition process, an arbitration and two full jury trials. There is no better way to prepare yourself for a real-life trial setting than to practice, and perform, in a real-life trial setting. Further adding to the uniqueness of this program is that it offers attorneys the opportunity to select those portions of the curriculum of most use to them. While participants are encouraged to take part in the full program, NITA is offering the flexibility to take only the depositions portion of the program or only the trial portion.
Whether you are a seasoned trial attorney, brand new to your practice, or anywhere in between - attending a NITA 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.
– Course Materials
– One on one personalized feedback from our expert faculty
– Two full jury trials
*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
"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
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You may check in for the deposition skills section of the program from 8:30am to 9:00am on Saturday, September 7. The program will start promptly at 9:00am on Saturday. The deposition skills section of the program will end at 4:30pm on Sunday, September 8.
You may check in for the trial skills section of the program from 8:15am to 8:30am on Monday, September 9. The program will start promptly at 8:30am on Monday. The trial skills section of the program will end at 2:30pm on Friday, September 13.
The Program will be held at the following location:
Mitchell Hamline School of Law
875 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, Minnesota 55105
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. Please contact the hotels directly for reservations and additional information.
InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront
11 East Kellogg Blvd
St Paul, MN 55101
Holiday Inn St. Paul Downtown **Shuttle to Law School Available**
175 West 7th Street
St. Paul, MN 55102
Hampton Inn & Suites St. Paul Downtown **Shuttle to Law School Available**
200 West 7th Street
St. Paul, MN 55102
The Minneapolis/St Paul International Airport is approximately 20 minutes from the St. Paul downtown area, depending on traffic. A taxi from the airport to the St. Paul downtown area/law school will run about $35.00. When booking hotel accommodations please take into consideration that many hotels offer airport shuttle service. Taxi fares from the listed hotels to the William Mitchell College of Law should cost approximately $13.00-$18.00. NITA advises you to rent a car if you stay in Minneapolis. Uber and Lyft are reasonable options if you stay elsewhere in downtown St. Paul.
There is street parking available next to the law school. There is also a parking lot at the corner of Victoria and Summit available during the weekend.
There are eating establishments within walking distance of the hotels. Lunch will be provided daily with the program, along with a light breakfast (no breakfast on Saturday). 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 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.
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)
"Where to start, NITA was incredible. I found all of the knowledge gained from the professors to be invaluable. I can feel confident next time I am in the courtroom after having completed the National Session."Christopher Hussein, 2019 NITA Attendee
"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 Attendee
"Was a very educational, practically useful course. I've been practicing law for over 10 years and this was the most effective trial skills course I've had."Eileen McGovern, 2019 NITA Attendee
"Even if one is skilled in trial work, it's always good to learn from others. And the instructors were skilled, but varied--and that's a great thing to learn from."Davis Yee, 2019 NITA Attendee
"Terrific course and faculty! I have been recommending the course non-stop."Jared Watkins, 2018 NITA Attendee
"Very informative and practical skills. I saw a lot of improvement and am more confident."Frank Malatesta, 2019 NITA Attendee
"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 Attendee
"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 Attendee
"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 Attendee
"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 Attendee
"This course was the best thing I have ever done for my professional development."Chris Bynum, 2019 NITA Attendee
"Great learning experience. I left feeling confident that I could successfully put a trial together beginning to end."Ambrosia Logsdon, 2019 NITA Attendee
"The class was outstanding. I learned SO much and was incredibly inspired. I have been raving about it to friends. I would even call it life-changing, because I have so much more confidence now, and am excited to get out there and fight for my clients."Jennie Feldman, 2019 NITA Attendee
"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 Attendee
"Amazing course, best I have ever attended. What a wonderful learning experience."Yvonne Perez, 2019 NITA Attendee
"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 Attendee
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"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 Attendee
"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 Attendee
"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 Attendee
"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 Attendee
"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 Attendee
"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 Attendee
"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 Attendee
"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 Attendee
"This course has far exceeded my expectations in every way. So impressed!"Benjamin Dodge, 2018 NITA Attendee
"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 Attendee
"Suitable for all levels of trial experience. Everybody can learn something at this course."Marsha Dailey, 2018 NITA Attendee
"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 Attendee
"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 NITA Attendee
"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 Attendee
"Thank you SO much for your wonderful contributions to the NITA program. I can't begin to describe how much I learned. You [NITA Faculty, Sal Mungia] were an invaluable part of the course."Megan Cook, 2019 NITA Attendee
"I very much enjoyed my introduction to NITA... I’ve continued to think about the case and was still drafting closing argument paragraphs in my head on the plane ride home. In addition to the valuable skills training, it was great to meet such excellent practitioners from so many walks of life. "Whitney O'Byrne, 2019 NITA Attendee