National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Building Trial Skills: San Francisco

July 7,2019 thru July 13,2019
Golden Gate Univ Sch of Law
536 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105-2968
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

Thomas Jay Leach

Pacific McGeorge Schl of Law
Sacramento, CA

See Full Bio

Henry A. Brown

Morrison & Foerster LLP
San Francisco, CA

See Full Bio

Jane FitzGerald

Alfred Lutwyche Chambers
BRISBANE QLD

See Full Bio
Check-In

You may check-in for the program from 12:00pm to 12:45pm on July 7th.  The program will start promptly at 12:45pm on that date and will conclude on July 13th at 6:30pm.  The program will be held at:

Golden Gate University School of Law
536 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Accomodations

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

Hilton San Francisco Union Square
333 O'Farrell St
San Francisco, CA 94102
415.771.1400

View the hotel website here.

Transportation

The San Francisco Airport is approximately a 35-minute ride from the hotel.  Regular taxi fare is approximately $47.00.  The Super Shuttle costs approximately $17.00 from the airport to the hotel.  

For more information about public transportation please refer to www.sfmta.com.

Parking Information

Parking at the hotel is $62.70 per night for self-parking or $76.38 per night for valet parking. Golden Gate University does not have a dedicated parking lot for students and staff. It is recommended visitors to the SF Campus at 536 Mission Street view parking availability in the downtown area through the website sanfrancisco.bestparking.com.Meals

There are eating establishments within walking distance of the hotel.  Attendees will be on their own for lunches. 

Due to budget constraints and the high costs of hotel-provided refreshments, we are able to offer only coffee/tea and water to sustain you. Sodas and snacks are available at the nearby convenience stores.

Attire

Business casual attire is appropriate throughout the program except for Final Trial Day when courtroom attire is required. However, as most of the class sessions are conducted in a simulated courtroom setting and are videotaped, you may find it more instructive if you dress for court for those sessions.

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

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 customer.service@wolterskluwer.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.

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: