National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Investigative Questioning Techniques

May 23,2019 thru May 24,2019
Georgetown Univ Law School
600 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001
Tuition: $1845.00

Can you tell when someone is lying?  After two days of using NITA's funnel technique to fine tune your questioning techniques you will have gained the tools to be able to do so.  You will also learn how to get admissions on the record.

This program is designed for Offices of Inspectors General, investigators and attorneys.

Good listening and responding skills are the hallmark of good questioning technique. You will learn the “how” and “why” if you take NITA’s new Questioning Techniques program. This intensive program focuses on techniques you can use in questioning during any part of any investigative process (whether pre-trial or not) including but not limited to: client interviewing, third-party interviewing, fact investigation, compliance or law-enforcement investigation, internal audits, etc. Learn how to maximize your questioning ability and your information gathering potential.

In the programs' multiple learning-by-doing workshops you’ll be fine tuning your questioning strategy in the following areas:

•Starting the examination

•Gathering background information

•Use of exhibits

•Investigative issues

•Establish foundations for documents

•Seeking admissions

•Theory testing

•Confirming and testing information

After each performance you will be given constructive feedback from the esteemed NITA faculty. Lectures are kept to a minimum to allow you substantial “on your feet” time to practice and perfect these vitally important skills.

Perry D. Russell-Hunter

Georgetown Univ Law School
Arlington, VA

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You may check-in for the program from 8:45am to 9:15am on Thursday, May 23rd.  The program will start promptly at 9:15am on that date and will conclude Friday, May 24th at 4:15pm.  The program will be held at the following location.

Georgetown University Law School

600 New Jersey Ave. NW

Washington, D.C. 20001


Participants are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements. Please contact area hotels directly for reservations and additional information.
Below are suggested hotels.

The Liaison Capitol Hill

415 New Jersey Avenue, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 2001


Fairfield Inn & Suites

500 H Street, N.W.

Washington, DC 20001


Phoenix Park Hotel

520 North Capitol St, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20001



Taxi fare from Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Reagan National, and Washington Dulles ranges from $30.00 to $90.00.  National Airport is the closest:  it is a 15-minute ride to/from the hotel.  There are no shuttles available from the airports to the hotel.  Parking Information

There is no parking available at the Law Center.  We encourage people to take the Metro or taxi cabs to the conference.  The closest Metro stations are Judiciary Square and Union Station, both on the Red Line. If you do drive, there are a few parking lots close to the Law Center.

-Public Parking: Located at 440 3rd St. N.W. and charges approximately $9.00 to $12.00 per day. 

-Public Parking: Located at intersection of 6th and C Streets, N.W. at 601 North Building.  The cost is approximately $10.00 to $12.00 per day.



Participants are responsible for their own meals.



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.


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.

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.

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)

In addition to this trial skills course, here are the other upcoming required courses in your area: