Improving Your Trial Strategies: Hands On Trial Advocacy Training

April 20 – 24, 2020

Columbia, SC

National Advocacy Center

SPECIAL NOTE: This course is currently FULL. Due to the structure and content of this course attendance is capped at 50 people. If you would like to join our waitlist, please email Metria Hernandez at

For over 45 years NDAA has developed and facilitated exceptional hands-on trial advocacy courses; providing for prosecutors a realistic strategic based training simulating their courtroom experience. NDAA hands-on trial advocacy training includes foundational lectures, demonstrations and guided workshops designed to hone prosecutors’ litigation skills. This hands-on trial advocacy training is designed for prosecutors with 2-5 years’ experience. Work with case scenarios as experienced faculty members provide overviews of key aspects of pretrial preparation, case analysis, theme development, opening statement, direct and cross-examination, closing argument and use of visuals.  Receive hands-on guidance to implement techniques discussed by faculty members in their foundational overviews. Attendees will receive immediate constructive feedback of live performance exercises and videotaped performances, and follow up guidance as needed.

ELIGIBILITY: NDAA Invites prosecutors in local, state, tribal, federal and military government attorneys’ offices with 2- 5 years’ experience.



Early Bird Rate Regular Rate
(Until February 21, 2020) (After February 21, 2020)
Member $660.00 $760.00
Non-Member $815.00 $915.00


Special Discounts:

  • Register three (3) or more attendees at a time to receive a 5% discount on the total registration fee. NDAA encourages multidisciplinary teams to take advantage of this discount. Use promo code Group-ITS-20. Attendees must be registered at the same time and on the same invoice in order for the discount to apply. 
  • All active military members will receive a 10% discount on the course registration. Use promo code Military-ITS-20.

NDAA adheres to a policy of non-discrimination in admissions and administration.

*Course tuition includes admission and course materials.


Interested in a scholarship? Apply now!
The National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), with the assistance of the American College of Trial Lawyers Foundation, is able to provide tuition assistance for Prosecutors who would like to attend our courses. Please find information regarding scholarship eligibility and the application process here.


Tuition must be paid in full prior to the first day of the course. You will not be admitted if you have an outstanding balance. If you would like to make a payment on-site, please see the Course Director upon arrival.

Payments may be made by check, money order or credit card.

Checks should be made payable to (with the invoice number noted on the check):

National District Attorneys Association (NDAA)
1400 Crystal Drive, Suite 330
Arlington, VA 22202

**To obtain an invoice, please register for the course and select “check/money order” on the payment screen.


NDAA Cancellation, Refund & Substitution Policy:

Please submit all requests to NDAA in writing via email to Cierra Jenkins at All registration cancellations and refund requests must be made 30 calendar days prior to the first day of the NDAA event to receive a full refund.  Full refunds cannot be approved for requests received after this date.  Should you need to cancel your registration less than 30 days but more than 14 days before the event, a 75% refund will be granted with a written request.  NDAA regrets that refunds will not be given for cancellations within 14 days of the event or for no-shows.  Note, registration fee credit can no longer be applied to a different NDAA course or event.  However, substitutions are gladly accepted at any time. Should another office member want to attend the course in your place please contact Cierra Jenkins at  

For more information on NDAA’s policies and procedures, including our Code of Conduct, please visit our Policies page.

Anticipated CLE credits will be 15 hours including 1 hour of ethics. All attendees will receive a Uniform CLE Certificate at the end of the course. Attorneys seeking CLE credit should contact their state bar for more information. Attendees representing other disciplines should contact their reporting agencies for more information. Questions regarding CLE credit can be directed to Program Director’s Kristi Browning and Candace Mosley, or Assistant Program Director  Cierra Jenkins.

NDAA’s mission to serve and support prosecutors and their staff with 2- 5 years’ experience. In consideration of this commitment, NDAA requires that all those in attendance of our programs currently work in prosecution. If you are not sure about your eligibility, please contact Program Director’s Kristi Browning and Candace Mosley, or Assistant Program Director Cierra Jenkins.

National Advocacy Center
1620 Pendleton Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
Phone: 803-705-5100

Graduate Columbia
1619 Pendleton Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

**Walking distance to the National Advocacy Center.

Hotel Rates
$123.00* – Double/King – plus tax

  • *Room rate includes breakfast (federal per diem rate $113.00 plus $10.00)
  • Room rate includes complimentary high-speed internet access in guestroom
  • The hotel group room rate will be applicable three (3) days prior and three (3) days after the official group program dates based on availability
  • Complimentary access to Health Club/Workout facility
  • Complimentary use of the downtown shuttle

Rooms will be guaranteed by the guests’ major credit card or first night’s deposit. The deposit becomes non-refundable or the credit card will be charged if the guest does not arrive or cancels after 6 pm local time on the date of arrival.

Book hotel reservations by January 24, 2020 to secure the group rate.

There’s a lot to see and do in and around Columbia. Check out the city’s official tourism website for more information.

Additional Questions?

Program Director’s Kristi Browning and Candace Mosley, or Assistant Program Director Cierra Jenkins.

National District Attorneys Association
1400 Crystal Drive, Suite 330
Arlington, VA 22202

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