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Upcoming Trial Advocacy Trainings

Trial Advocacy I
May 12-16, 2014, National Criminal Justice Academy, Salt Lake City, UT
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Trial Advocacy I
June 9-13, 2014, National Criminal Justice Academy, Salt Lake City, UT
Course full. Applications no loger being accepted.
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Trial Advocacy I
July 7-11, 2014, National Criminal Justice Academy, Salt Lake City, UT
Course full. Applications no loger being accepted.
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National Criminal Justice Academy
The National District Attorneys Association, in collaboration with the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, Salt Lake City, Utah, announces that it is accepting applications for trial advocacy courses.

Hands-On Trial Advocacy Training
This is a rare opportunity for you to work with veteran prosecutors trained in NDAA strategic trial advocacy methodology. Using fundamental topics these faculty members will provide cutting-edge trial techniques designed to assist you in meeting current defense challenges, complex case theories and persuasive trial presentation methods. This course is designed for prosecutors with two-three years’ experience.

You will experience

  • Foundational lectures
  • Participatory workshops
  • Live demonstrations of trial techniques
  • Essential brainstorming sessions
  • Videotaped performance exercises
  • Two layers of critique

NDAA will provide opportunities to

  • Work through every phase of trial
  • Understand NDAA standards and common problems for trial
  • Design strategies with your trial team
  • Practice cross examining defendants and defense witnesses
  • Master making your communication theory more illustrative for the jury
  • Use visuals in your performance exercises
  • Discover low tech and high tech strategies to create the persuasive message

Training topics will include

  • Analytical Advocacy
  • Approach Point Cross-Examination
  • Outstanding Opening Statement
  • Dynamic Direct Examination
  • Compelling Closing Argument
  • Captivating Communication Theory
  • Current Ethical Challenges

No Tuition; No Travel Costs, No Lodging Costs
The NDAA National Criminal Justice Academy is funded by the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance. The first four courses have officially been approved and scheduled.

Funding includes travel (airfare or roundtrip mileage at the federal mileage rate of 56 cents per mile with odometer reading or MapQuest documentation), lodging (five nights at the host hotel, single rate room and tax) and per diem (federal per diem rate for Salt Lake City which is $45.75 for travel days and $61 for full days) and there is NO tuition charge for this exceptional training.

The first four course dates

  • March 10-14, 2014
  • May 12-16, 2014
  • June 9-13, 2014
  • July 7-11, 2014

Look for announcements for upcoming courses for the fall/winter of 2014 and spring of 2015.

This is a building blocks course; your attendance in all sessions is mandatory. The lectures will provide fundamental information necessary for you to achieve success in your workshops. The workshops are the training ground for your development and progress throughout the week.

Courtroom attire is required for all course sessions.

We strongly encourage your participation in this exciting training as faculty members will engage in open format in sessions. This participatory environment will provide you an opportunity to see practical applications of techniques designed to distill complex scientific and technical evidence into an understandable medium for jurors and judges.

To apply
Apply online for the Trial Advocacy I course of your choice at the top of this page. The following information is required on the application:

  • The online application requires approval from your chief prosecutor
  • You must list the name of your chief prosecutor
  • The contact phone number of your chief prosecutor
  • The email address of your chief prosecutor
  • And answer “yes” confirming that the chief prosecutor has approved your attendance at this training

You must also answer the following questions:

  • Your full name
  • Your age
  • Your gender (It is the policy of the National District Attorneys Association to ensure that no individual is discriminated against on the basis of race, national origin, gender or disability.)
  • Your number of years’ of experience as a prosecutor
  • Your number of years’ of experience as an attorney if prior non-prosecutorial legal career
  • The description of your jurisdiction (rural, urban, tribal, military)
  • The population of the jurisdiction you serve

Please note: There is limited seating per course. You will be contacted by NDAA to advise you if you have been selected. Additional details regarding travel, lodging and per diem will be provided at that time.  All travel logistics managed by staff from the S.J. Quinney College of Law. On the agenda you will notice an afternoon “off.” Enjoy the sights of downtown Salt Lake City.

You will also receive a course diploma and a uniform certificate for CLE. The NDAA Course Registrar and Course Coordinator is Rebecca Weaver She will pre-submit approval for CLE from the state that you listed on your course application as your state of residence.

The Trial Advocacy I course requires a fair amount of work. However you will get the incredible opportunity to work with your peers from across the country, experiencing similar challenges on a daily basis preparing and presenting cases at trial. Seasoned prosecutors have set aside their time to assist you. This course has proven to have a significant impact on American prosecution and we have now produced thousands of trained prosecutors at the two-year average level. We trust that you, like many prosecutors before you, will find this experience very beneficial and also enjoyable.

Cancelation: If for any reason you must cancel, you may not designate another prosecutor from your office to attend in your place. We have a waiting list and we must proceed in order. You may contact us regarding rescheduling if airfare has been booked and your ticket must be used before it expires. If you cannot re-schedule you (your office) must make arrangements for reimbursement of travel expenses.

This training is supported by Grant No. 2010-DD-BX-K032 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. BJA is a component of the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs that also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the SMART Office, and the Office for Victims of Crime. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not represent the official position or policies of the United States Department of Justice.


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