National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Next-Level Trial Techniques: Washington, DC

November 5,2019 thru November 9,2019
Us District Court Dc | Usdidc0
333 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001
Tuition: $2945.00

Please note that the dates and facility for this program are currently tentative.

Are you ready to take everything you are already doing, and doing well, to the next level? This program wastes no time in getting right to work. From the first session on day one the program assumes that you have a mastery of the case file provided and the core skills of direct and cross-examination, impeachment, opening statements and closing arguments.  The program concentrates on developing these core skills into “master advocacy skills”, as well as enhancing your ability with respect to:

• Making and responding to objections

• Using exhibits effectively at all stages of the trial

• Effective examination (direct and cross) of economic/damages experts

• Using jury focus groups to tailor presentations to the factfinder

• Jury selection and using case themes to identify jurors who cannot judge your case fairly

• Anticipating evidentiary hurdles

Unique to this “master advocate” program is you will be performing a short closing argument in every workshop, tying the skill you just worked on into the story of your closing.  Fast paced drills are worked in to the program where thinking on your feet is critical. You will have opportunities to work directly with communication experts, not only for focus groups, but to get feedback on your individual delivery and communication style. 

To conclude the program you will conduct a full jury trial—in the federal courthouse—and get the opportunity to debrief with the jurors, judges and faculty afterwards.  Register now and take that next step with NITA in the nation’s capital.

Brian L. Schwalb

Venable LLP
Washington, DC

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Heidi M. Pasichow

DC Superior Court
Washington, DC

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You may check-in for the program from 8:00 am to 8:45 am on Tuesday, November 5.  The program will start promptly at 8:45 am on that date and will conclude Saturday, November 9 around 6:30 pm. 

The program will be held at the following location.

United States District Court
333 Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001 



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

The Liaison Capitol Hill
415 New Jersey Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001

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Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill  
400 New Jersey Ave, NW   
Washington, DC 20001    
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Taxi fare from Baltimore-Washington International Airport, National, and Dulles ranges from $20.00 to $90.00.  National Airport is the closest: it is a 15-20 minute ride to/from the listed hotels. The Baltimore-Washington International Airport provides Super Shuttle service to hotels.

Parking Information

Please check with the hotel where you will be staying for parking rates. 

United States District Court for the District of Columbia Parking and Metro Instructions: 
Parking is extremely limited and can be expensive.  If you choose to park, the following parking lots are located within walking distance of the courthouse.

• Public Parking: Located at 440 3rd St and charges approximately $9.00 to $12.00 per day. 
• Public Parking: Located at intersection of 6th and C St at 601 North Building.  The cost is approximately $10.00 to $12.00 per day.
There are two convenient Metro subway stations within walking distance of the Courthouse: Judiciary Square (Red Line), which is located at the east side of 4th St between D & E Streets, and Archives-Navy Memorial (Yellow Line), which is located at 7th and Pennsylvania Ave.


All recommended hotels have on-site restaurants and room service available. There is a cafeteria at the courthouse and lunch will be provided some of the days.


Attendees are encouraged to wear "courtroom attire" during the program.  Not only might a lawyers' 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.


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)

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