National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Deposition Skills: Dallas

May 16,2019 thru May 18,2019
UNT Dallas College of Law
1901 Main St
Dallas, TX 75201
Tuition: $1845.00


Can you walk into a deposition convinced you’ll get the information you need and secure the admissions you want from the opposition? Or if it’s your witness being deposed, do you know how to prepare them for the experience and protect them from walking into traps?

These are some of the abilities you’ll hone when you take a Deposition Skills program from NITA. For over forty years, we’ve offered advocacy training taught by a veritable “who’s who” of advocacy experts—trial lawyers, judges, and law professors—from across the country, volunteers who donate their time and dedicate it to your professional development.


There’s no better place for you to practice what we preach than in a NITA classroom. Our brief lectures and demonstrations will give you a solid base of knowledge and familiarity with deposition practice. Learn to:

• use the Funnel Technique to exhaust a witness’s subject knowledge

• identify other potential sources of information

• close off avenues of escape

• work with documents and exhibits to gather information, refresh memory, and impeach

• test your potential theories—legal, factual, or persuasive

• deal with opposing counsel’s objections

• manage difficult witnesses, counsel, and clients

• become “comfortable with being uncomfortable” in the unpredictability of a deposition

And for those times when you’re on the opposite side of the table—defending a deposition—you’ll discover how to prepare your witness both substantively and emotionally for the experience while sharpening your instincts.


Then it’s time to take the stage, performing each of these elements in a series of simulated depositions and witness preparation exercises. You’ll get personalized coaching to help you immediately improve your skills. But unlike in an actual deposition where the outcome is real, with NITA you get to make instant course corrections and practice them again—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 take calculated risks and perform under pressure, without ever jeopardizing your client’s case or your own reputation.

After three days with NITA, you’ll return to your office empowered to make immediate use of everything you’ve learned—skills that will serve you well until the day you retire from practice.


Whether you are a seasoned trial attorney, brand new to your practice, or anywhere in between - attending a NITA deposition skills course will give you the skills you need to be a better advocate for your clients. Our world-class faculty will work with you at an individual level, giving you the tools you need to succeed and helping you develop a style and presence that is unique to you.

Scholarships are available for this program through the NITA foundation. Additional information on how to apply for a scholarship, can be found here.


– Course Materials

– One on one personalized feedback from our expert faculty

– Experienced actors for role-playing witness parts

*Qualifies as one credit toward the NITA Advocate Designation


"This program is incredible. I think all young attorneys would benefit from attending and learning from veteran litigators. Feedback is provided immediately and is tailored to your personal performance, habits, and strategies. It doesn’t get any better than NITA." - Michael Sutton, Conner & Winters LLP

"Overall, an excellent course. You are thrown right in, which while stress-inducing, is really the only way to structure the course... having the opportunity to learn in this type of environment is invaluable." - Matthew Murphy, Richards Layton & Finger PA

"My firm suggested this would be helpful and would assist me in my practice as I am now taking and defending depositions regularly. I feel much more prepared now." - Risa Chalfin, Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer

Susan M. Halpern

The Halpern Law Firm PLLC
Dallas, TX

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Jillian Keith

Wilson Elser Moskowitz et al
Dallas, TX

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David C. Schulte

Holland & Knight LLP
Dallas, TX

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Stephen G. Scholl

Freeman Law Firm
Houston, TX

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Dan J. Kasprzak

Johnson DeLuca et al
Houston, TX

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Michael P. Maslanka

UNT Dallas College of Law
Dallas, TX

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Jay J Madrid

Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Dallas, TX

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Blake A. Bailey

Phelps Dunbar LLP
Southlake, TX

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W. Frank Carroll

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Bill Whitehill

Texas Fifth District Court of Appeals
Dallas, TX

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Steven A. Schneider

Schneider Miller Reynolds PC
Richardson, TX

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David G. Halpern

Office of General Counsel
College Station, TX

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Robert C. Douglas Jr

Ivins, UT

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D. Paul Dalton

Dalton Law PLLC
Irving, TX

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Cheryl Wattley

UNT Dallas College of Law
Dallas, TX

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Christine Nowak

US Eastern Dist of Texas
Sherman, TX

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Tracy Graves Wolf

Lewis Brisbois
Dallas, TX

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You may check-in for the program from 8:00am to 9:00am on Thursday, May 16. The program will start promptly at 9:00am on May 16 and will conclude Saturday, May 18 at 4:00pm. The program will be held at the following location:

University of Northern Texas College of Law
UNT System Building
1901 Main St
Dallas, Texas 75201
(214) 752-5959


Participants are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements.  Please contact the hotels directly for reservations and additional information.  Below are the 4 hotels closest to the University.

Hotel Indigo Dallas Downtown
1933 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75201
Visit hotel website here.

Magnolia Dallas Downtown
1401 Commerce Street
Dallas, TX 75201
Visit hotel website here.

The Adolfus Hotel
1321 Commerce Street
Dallas, TX 75202
Visit hotel website here.

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Dallas
1600 Pacific Avenue
Dallas, TX 75201
Visit hotel website here.


Love Field airport is 15-20 minutes from the UNT Campus. Dallas-Ft. Worth International airport is 30-40 minutes away.  Super Shuttle is available at 817.329.2000, toll free 800.258.3826, or at and will take you from DFW airport to the nearby hotels or the law school for about $25.00 one-way.

Parking Information

The closest parking to the school is the Elm Street Garage. The address is 2000 ELM STREET, DALLAS, TX 75201, with the entrance on Elm Street. Rates and additional information can be found here: Please look at the hotel websites for their parking information.


A continental breakfast and lunch will be served at the program.  Additionally, there are numerous restaurants near the school.


Attire is business casual, Saturday will be a casual dress/travel day.

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
[email protected] 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:
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