National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Deposition Skills: Seattle

July 24,2019 thru July 26,2019
Seattle University School of Law
Sullivan Hall,
Seattle, WA 98122
Tuition: $1845.00


Walk into a deposition with the confidence you have the techniques to get the information you need and secure the admissions you want from the opposition. Know if your witness is being deposed, you’ll know how to prepare them for the experience and protect them from walking into traps. Practice deposing a witness using the services of an interpreter to be familiar with the challenges of talking through an interpreter.

These are just some of the abilities you’ll polish in the Seattle 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. Seattle offers a national and international faculty to enhance your learning experience.


There’s no better place for you to practice learning by doing than in a NITA classroom. Our brief lectures and demonstrations give you a solid base of knowledge and familiarity with deposition practice. You’ll practice each skill, receiving individualized feedback to master each skill and increase value to your clients.

In the Seattle Deposition Skills Program, you will learn to:

• Use the Funnel Technique to detail and 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

• Learn the distinctions and how to address the challenges of using interpreters

• become “comfortable with being uncomfortable” in the unpredictability of a deposition

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.


Participants perform 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 the skill again to increase your confidence, competence, and value to your clients. NITA’s “learning-by-doing” method, practiced in the safe harbor of the classroom with skilled faculty, 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 practice empowered to make immediate use of everything you’ve learned—skills that will serve you well until the day you retire from practice.


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, and enhance the skills you do have, 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 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

– Putting knowledge into action by practicing each skill in small workshops

*Qualifies as one credit toward the NITA Advocate Designation


"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

Rhonda Laumann

The Laumann Firm
Renton, WA

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Eric Newman

WA-Office of Attorney General
Seattle, WA

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Whitney M. Untiedt

Freidin & Brown, P.A.
Miami, FL

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Jose F. Benitez

O'Neill & Borges
San Juan, PR

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Reuben A. Guttman

Guttman, Buschner & Brooks
Washington D.C., WA

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Traci Buschner

Guttman Buschner Fischer & Brooks PLLC
Washington, DC

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You may check in for the program from 11:00am to 1:00pm on Wednesday, July 24th.  The program will start promptly at 1:00pm on that date and will conclude Friday, July 26th at 4:30pm with a reception to follow until 6:00 pm.The program will be held at:
Seattle University School of Law
Sullivan Hall
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122-109
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Participants are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements.  Please contact the hotels directly for reservations and additional information.

Recommended hotels:

Silver Cloud Inn Broadway

1100 Broadway

Seattle, WA 98122

The Inn at Virginia Mason

1006 Spring Street
Seattle, WA 98104


The SeaTac Airport is approximately 30 minutes from the Downtown area.  The Shuttle Express is located between Sky bridges 3 & 4 on the 3rd floor of the parking garage.  It runs every 20 minutes and the cost is $37.00 for a shared van.  Regular taxi fare is approximately $45.00. 

Parking Information

Parking on campus is $15.00 per day in the Main Visitor Lot, which is half a block from Sullivan Hall.


Breaks and beverages will be provided at the program.  Lunch is provided on Thursday and Friday along with the cocktail reception on Friday.


Attendees are encouraged to wear business attire throughout the program.

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.


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 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.

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)

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