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.
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.
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.
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. For delivery or return questions related to NITA Program materials, please contact Wolters Kluwer at email@example.com 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.
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 thought it was excellent. I learned so much in just seven days and saw a marked improvement in my trial skills. The faculty were highly knowledgeable and engaged and gave a lot of really helpful feedback and advice."Charles Zagnoli, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"Terrific course and faculty! I have been recommending the course non-stop."Jared Watkins, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"This course was fantastic, I am so glad that I was able to attend. This was a very intensive course but was well worth the time and effort."Lauren Shoffner, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"Exceptional. This experience exceeded my expectations. It pushed me way beyond my comfort zone, and I grew as a lawyer as a result."Stacy Robinson, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"It was an amazing course. I learned a lot not only on a professional level, but also on a personal level."Mujdah Rahim, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"During that week you [NITA Faculty Member] taught me more than just skills to use in the courtroom, you helped me gain confidence that I had lost somewhere along the way. You reminded me why I love the practice of family law and advocating for my clients...You made me a better attorney and restored the desire to continue to strive to be and do better every day."Keela Johnson, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"One of the best NITA courses I have attended. The teacher/student ratio was great. The small group size really makes a difference."Daniel Lindsay, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"This was a fantastic course. I loved how approachable the instructors were and how there was a genuine feeling of them wanting to help and not just criticize."Joshua Bishop, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"This NITA course significantly surpassed my expectations. I learned a lot about the subject of trial advocacy and about myself. I really appreciated the emphasis on not trying to fit into a "perfect trial lawyer" personality type, but rather how to use your real personality to be an effective trial lawyer."Bryony Coiner, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"I learned more than I ever expected, and that week has been a huge factor in my readiness for my upcoming cases... I wouldn’t have the confidence and comfort that I have heading into these trials without NITA."Cary Bricker, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"I really enjoyed the NITA seminar, and it was well worth the investment in my education. The level of talent in each group as well as the really positive environment NITA creates was impressive. I learned a lot, and learned a lot about myself. I genuinely feel I grew in skills that I'm positive will help in my career. I'm left wanting to take another class!"Arturo Zepeda, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"Amazing course. I am a brand new attorney, and this training gave me a strong foundation for trial. Any attorney in my position should attend."Alex Breckenridge, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"OW! NITA delivers! This was the best decision I made. You all have perfected this program. I will forever be grateful to the faculty and program directors that ran this course. You are ALL exceptional! THANK YOU!"Shadbanou Azad, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"This course has far exceeded my expectations in every way. So impressed!"Benjamin Dodge, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"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, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"Suitable for all levels of trial experience. Everybody can learn something at this course."Marsha Dailey, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"It is apparent to me, and was apparent to many of us in our discussions throughout the week, that a great deal of time and attention went into the thinking, planning, preparing and executing of the week-long program. Each day was filled with new staff and new challenges."David Rashid, 2018 NITA Program Participant
"I survived and even thrived in the NITA Trial Advocacy program. I feel like I improved by leaps and bounds (although I still have a lot to learn). The criminal law team leader, Cathryn Crawford, was wonderful, always providing helpful constructive criticism with a smile. And the faculty (Judge Michael Washington, Terry Campbell, Tod Urban and Presita West) was first rate. They provided great feedback with real world perspective. (As an aside, I'd follow Judge Washington into battle any day!) In the final trial, I represented the defendant accused of commercial arson. It was a lot of work to prepare, but what an exhilarating ending to a great week! I have wanted to attend the program for many years and I wasn't disappointed!"Cheryl Bonner, 2019 Program Participant
"This was a great experience. I walked away more confident in my trial skills... the faculty members were the best part of the experience! They were truly amazing. I honestly wish I could repeat the program and grow even more."Kara Goodman, 2018 NITA Program Participant