Please note that the dates for this program are currently tentative.
“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.
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
• understand what it takes to formulate a solid, precise question
• 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 for when and how to make objections and instruct your witness not to answer.
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.
“[It] provided everything I needed to be confident in my first deposition, which took place on the Monday after class [and] went so well that opposing counsel [. . .] agreed to mediate.”
After three days with NITA, you’ll return to your office empowered to make immediate use of everything you’ve learned—skills thatwill serve you well until the day you retire from practice.
*Qualifies as one credit toward the NITA Advocate Designation
You may check in for the program from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm on Thursday, November 7. REGISTRATION WILL BE HELD IN ARMSTRONG GREAT HALL. The program will start promptly at 12:45 pm on that date and will conclude Saturday, November 9 at 3:30 pm. The program will be held at the following location:
Arizona State University Participants are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements. There are many hotels in the area surrounding Arizona State University. A few choices are listed below. Sheraton Grand Phoenix
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
111 E. Taylor Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
(.2 miles from the ASU College of Law)
340 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ
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(.2 miles from the ASU College of Law)
333 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
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Hyatt Regency Phoenix
(.3 miles from the ASU College of Law)
122 N 2nd Street, Phoenix, AZ
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(.5 miles from the ASU College of Law)
2 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ
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Participants are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements. There are many hotels in the area surrounding Arizona State University.
A few choices are listed below.
Sheraton Grand Phoenix
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is approximately 6.5 miles from the ASU College of Law. Taxi fares may vary from $15-$25 to the law school or the hotels listed above.
Parking is available in the UC-2 Visitor Lot, located on the south side of Fillmore between 1st Street & Central Avenue. Parking is $15.00 per day. Parking will be available on a first come, first served basis. If the lot is full you will be directed to alternative parking options. When arriving please give our group name “National Institute for Trial Advocacy” or Confirmation #207805 to the parking attendant. Payment will be required at the exit booth using Visa or MasterCard. CASH IS NOT ACCEPTED.Meals There are restaurants within walking distance from the ASU College of Law. The closest restaurants are located at the Arizona Center at 5th Street and Van Buren. Located in the Arizona Center are: Corner Bakery Café, Hooters, Mi Amigo’s, Subway, Omoide Sushi & Noodle Bar, 1130 The Restaurant, Starbucks, Canyon Café, Cucina Cucina Urban Italian and Cold Stone Creamery. A CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST WILL BE SERVED FRIDAY & SATURDAY MORNINGS.Attire Appropriate business attire is required throughout the program. Most of the class sessions are conducted in a simulated deposition setting. We recommend that you dress for business throughout the program.
There are restaurants within walking distance from the ASU College of Law. The closest restaurants are located at the Arizona Center at 5th Street and Van Buren. Located in the Arizona Center are: Corner Bakery Café, Hooters, Mi Amigo’s, Subway, Omoide Sushi & Noodle Bar, 1130 The Restaurant, Starbucks, Canyon Café, Cucina Cucina Urban Italian and Cold Stone Creamery. A CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST WILL BE SERVED FRIDAY & SATURDAY MORNINGS.Attire Appropriate business attire is required throughout the program. Most of the class sessions are conducted in a simulated deposition setting. We recommend that you dress for business throughout the program.
Appropriate business attire is required throughout the program. Most of the class sessions are conducted in a simulated deposition setting. We recommend that you dress for business throughout the program.
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. 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.
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 really enjoyed it and thought it was very beneficial. It challenged me to explore techniques outside my comfort zone. Both the instructors and the participants were top notch."Aaron Williams, 2018 NITA Program Participant
I was very happy and impressed with NITA deposition training! The course was well organized and the professors were amazing. I got very useful feedback and learned so much in just three short days.Candace Ashford, 2017 NITA Program Participant
The instructors did an excellent job teaching us about deposition skills. This course greatly enhanced my abilities, confidence, and knowledge regarding depositions.Donna Frank, 2017 NITA Program Participant
"I thought this training was extremely valuable. The faculty were attentive, insightful, and endlessly supportive. Through the lectures and the workshops I learned and tested the techniques and very quickly found myself comfortable and confident. I'm looking forward to trying these techniques in my next deposition!"Emily Ratner, 2018 NITA Program Participant
Faculty are very effective and invested. Lots of specific feedback and opportunities to practice, and the real-time feedback really helped.Hana Oh, 2017 NITA Program Participant
Incredibly educational and effective. The one-on-one instruction and feedback is invaluable.Laurene Rogers, 2017 NITA Program Participant
I would 100% recommend it to others and I feel like I walked away having learned a ton in a small period of time.Margaret Fox, 2017 NITA Program Participant
This program increased my confidence, and helped me work out weaknesses in my questioning. I feel better prepared to take a deposition and get the information I am seeking.Mauricio Sierra, 2017 NITA Program Participant
Fantastic course. The faculty were knowledgeable and articulate. They patiently worked with us to hone our skills.Michael Baumrind, 2017 NITA Program Participant
Great course and great experience. Wish that I had taken the course when it was first recommended to me a few years ago.Michael Sarafin, 2017 NITA Program Participant
I have never witnessed or taken a deposition before, so I thought it was valuable to practice these skills and see others employ them I feel much more comfortable with the idea of deposing someone than I did before the course.Shanna Reulbach, 2017 NITA Program Participant
This was a really good course for both beginning deposition takers and honing skills for more seasoned litigators.Stacy Plotkin-Wolff, 2018 NITA Program Participant
Excellent! All new attorneys and anyone wanting to improve their deposition skills should take this course.Ryan Carlin, 2018 NITA Program Participant
This was just what I was looking for. An overview on approach, guidance to help me execute that approach, and practice.Jessica Currie, 2018 NITA Program Participant