National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Building Trial Skills: Rocky Mountain

April 7,2019 thru April 13,2019
NITA Education Center
1685 38th Street
Boulder, CO 80301
Tuition: $2945.00

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND

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.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

There’s no better place for you to practice what we preach than in a NITA classroom, where our advocacy instructors:

• help you break down what makes for effective openings and closings

• instructs you on how to direct and cross to greater effect

• demonstrates what are the best practices for admitting and using exhibits

• provides you with the tools to utilize the right tactics to impeach and rehabilitate witnesses

NITA’s LEARNING BY DOING METHOD

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.

The capstone of your training? Conducting a trial before actual jurors. Afterward, you’ll watch your jurors deliberate, then have a chance to question about the particulars of your performance. Within days, you’ll return to your office empowered to make immediate use of everything you’ve learned—skills that will serve you until the day you retire.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

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.

YOUR REGISTRATION INCLUDES

– Course Materials

– Video Performance Review and Feedback

– Interactive Jury Trial with Feedback

*Qualifies as one credit toward the NITA Advocate Designation

HEAR FROM NITA’s PAST REGISTRANTS

"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

Mark S. Caldwell

NITA
Boulder, CO

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Erika Mcardle

Stetson College of Law
Gulfport, FL

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Kandace C. Gerdes

2nd Judicial District Court
Denver, CO

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Laura Rose

Universtiy of South Dakota School of Law
Vermillion, SD

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Eric Johnson

Johnson Knudson, LLC
Lakewood, CO

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Christine Antoun

Attorney at Law
Denver, CO

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Jeffrey Ralph Pilkington

1st Judicial District
Golden, CO

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Adam Kendall

Office of the District Attorney 20th Judicial District
Boulder, CO

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David L Masters

Masters & Viner, P.C.
Montrose, CO

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John W. Madden III

Madden Law Firm
Denver, CO

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Valeri S. Pappas

Davis & Ceriani PC
Denver, CO

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C. Brad Peterson

Hutchinson Black and Cook LLC
Boulder, CO

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Robert L. McGahey

Denver District Court
Denver, CO

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Siddhartha H. Rathod

Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC
Denver, CO

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Rick D. Bailey

Burg Simpson et al
Denver, CO

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F. Stephen Collins


Rio Verde, AZ

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William D. Neighbors

Judicial Arbiter Group
Denver, CO

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Amy Hanley

District Court Judge, Division 1
Lawrence, KS

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Andrew G Deiss

Deiss Law PC
Salt Lake City, UT

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Verna L. Carpenter

2nd Judicial Dist Attys Ofc
Denver, CO

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Kathryn Smith

Denver City Attorney's Office
Denver, CO

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Robbie M. Barr


Denver, CO

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Tanner Walls

Tucker Ellis LLP
Denver, CO

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Verna L. Carpenter

2nd Judicial Dist Attys Ofc
Denver, CO

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Jeffrey M Lippa

Greenberg Traurig
Denver, CO

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Christian H. Hendrickson

Sherman & Howard LLC
Denver, CO

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Jennifer L. Gokenbach

Gokenbach Law LLC
Denver, CO

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Joel R. Hayes

Joel R Hayes
Louisville, CO

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Cory Jackson

7th Judicial District
Montrose, CO

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Jason R. Young

Pearl Schneider Young LLC
Denver, CO

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Aaron P. Bradford


Denver, CO

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Qusair Mohamedbhai

Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC
Denver, CO

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Kenzo S. Kawanabe

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP
Denver, CO

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Thomas A. Swett


Louisville, CO

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C. William Ossmann

3rd Judicial District
Topeka, KS

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David Jones

Hall & Evans LLC
Denver, CO

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Bryce Allen

Jefferson County DA's Office
Golden, CO

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Thomas Lee Stewart

St Louis Univ Schl Of Law
St Louis, MO

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John P. Streelman


Denver, CO

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Jennifer Collins

Denver City Attorney's Office
Denver, CO

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Kareem Salem

U.S. Attorney's Office
San Diego, CA

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Alyson K Scott

Lawrence Jones Custer et al
Johnstown, CO

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Ryan Coward

Aviso Law LLC
Colorado Springs, CO

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Maureen Reidy Witt

Holland & Hart LLP
Greenwood Village, CO

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Thomas V. Linguanti

Morgan Lewis Bockius
Chicago, IL

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Gennevieve St. Leger


Denver, CO

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Daniel Wartell

Keating Wagner Polidori Free
Denver, CO

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Steven Zansberg


Denver, CO

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Nathan Bucar

Cage Bucar Lewis
Broomfield, CO

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Jess Redman

Adams County District Attorney
Brighton, CO

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Chantel CHAN Contiguglia

Arapahoe County Court
Centennial

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Darryl Shockley

Denver District Court
Denver, CO

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Ericka Englert

Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP
Denver, CO

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Christopher Melton

Melton Law Firm, LLC
Denver, CO

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Simone Montoya

Messner Reeves LLP
Denver, CO

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Laurie Gilbertson

Tribeca Blue Consulting
Denver, CO

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Courtney McConomy


Greenwood Village, CO

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Check-In

You may check-in for the program from 8:30am to 9:00am, Sunday, April 7 . The program will start promptly at 9:00am on that date and will conclude at 3:30pm on Saturday, April 13. 

The program location is:

NITA Education Center
1685 38th St. Ste 200
Boulder, CO 80301-2735
303.953.6800

Accomodations

Participants are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements. Please contact the hotel directly for reservations and additional information.

Residence Inn Boulder

3030 Center Green Drive
Boulder, CO 80303
303.448.5545
(1.8 miles from the NEC)

Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate at the Residence Inn Boulder for $169.00 per night


Start date: 4/7/19
End date: 4/13/19
Last day to book: 3/16/19

· Residence Inn Boulder for 169.00 USD per night

Book your group rate for NITA Building Trial Skills
To call: 1(800) 331-3131 reference NITA Building Trail Skills

Courtyard Boulder
4710 Pearl E Circle
Boulder, CO 80301
303.440.4700
(1.3 miles from the NEC)

 

Transportation

The Denver International Airport (DIA) is about 1 hour from Boulder. 

The Boulder Super Shuttle has an airport shuttle that goes between DIA and Louisville/Boulder and is open daily from 5:00am until 12:00 midnight.  The cost is $25.00 one-way or $46.00 round-trip to any Hotel in the area when you present the enclosed Super Shuttle flyer.  For more information, please call 303.227.0000. (Note: Travel time may be up to 2 hours.)

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 Information

Parking is free at the facility and the hotels.

Meals

Snacks and refreshments are provided every day of the program.  Lunch is on Sunday, Monday, Thursday, and Saturday. There are several restaurants located with in driving distance with a few within walking distance of the program facility,

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 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.

Preparation

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.

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.

PACKAGE COST: $5700

(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: