Mitchell to host highly regarded advocacy program

Attorneys from across the country will head to William Mitchell this fall to work on their deposition skills, trial skills, and their use of technology. They’ll be part of “The Complete Advocate,” a National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) program hosted by Mitchell Sept. 14-20.

Last year’s event drew dozens of attorneys from 23 states and Washington, D.C., all of whom benefited from some of the best teaching faculty in the country and Mitchell’s cutting edge technology.

“They get the same training our students receive,” said Professor John Sonsteng, who has been director of NITA’s North Central region for more than 20 years. “It’s Mitchell’s approach to hands-on practical skills training—learning by doing.”

Mitchell is one of a select group of law schools to host a NITA program. Its program is the only one that gives attendees the options of a two- day (depositions only) or a five-day (trial skills only) program. Participants who take the full program work through a deposition, an arbitration, and two trials in seven days.

“It’s like getting years of courtroom experience in a week,” said Sonsteng. “Everyone who attends really feels like they gain a lot of skills they can put to use in a real-life trial. We get people from everywhere—the government, the military, solo practitioners, attorneys from thousand-person law firms. The mix of people is really incredible.”

William Mitchell alumni receive a 15 percent discount on the training’s registration cost.

Learn more about NITA and the upcoming program