Public Information Officer Training

August 22 - 24, 2022

Course will be on site only


Bellevue, WA

It’s 2022 and things have changed drastically.  The public has higher expectations of prosecutors and members of the criminal justice community than ever before.  With calls for massive reforms, transparency, and greater accountability we must not only be excellent lawyers and public servants, we must now be master communicators as well.  Few prosecutors are technically or professionally trained to handle every day or even high-intensity communication.

NDAA and Vera Causa Group to the rescue! This course is designed to help prosecutors and their staff meet the modern demands for transparency within the bounds of their ethical obligations.  Whether your office is large or small, you will learn practical and accessible tips for leveling up your communication.  Just as importantly, you will learn how to avoid common communication land mines. Because nobody has time for that! Traditional media, website and social media, and community outreach strategies will be discussed.

Training Highlights:

Build Your Own Communications Strategy and Key Messaging

Learn from Media Consultants and Fellow Electeds and Those Who Serve as Office PIOs

Format will include lecture and workshops

Content includes:

  • Monitoring Media Networks
  • Key Policy Issues when Dealing with 21st Century Media
  • Engaging your Community Stakeholders
  • Walk in the Shoes of an Investigative Reporter … What Do They Really Want?
  • Crisis Management and Response
  • Preparing for and Dealing with Officer Involved Shootings and High-Profile Cases
  • Keys to Proactive Transparency
  • See no Evil, Speak No Evil … Ethical Considerations
  • Consistency in Prioritizing Goals and Strategic Communication


NDAA Member: $625

Non-member: $725

Special Discounts:

  • Offices that register more than one attendee at a time are eligible for a $50 discount of their total registration fee. Use promo code Group-HDC-22.
  • All active military members will receive a 10% discount on the course registration. Use promo code Military_10.

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

*Course tuition includes admission and course materials.

Limited Number of Tuition Scholarships available.

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 Program Director upon arrival.

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

Make check(s) payable to NDAA, please list your invoice number on the memo line and send the payment to:

National District Attorneys Association
PO Box 1449
Maryland Heights, MO 63043-0149

For efficient processing, checks are sent to a bank lockbox.

**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 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/credit will not be given for cancellations within 14 days of the event or for no-shows. However, substitutions are gladly accepted at any time. Should another office member want to attend the course in your place please contact Training credit must be applied to a new registration prior to September 30, 2023.

*NDAA reserves the right to update this policy on an as-needed basis.

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

Anticipated CLE credits will be 18 hours including 1.25 hours of ethics.

NDAA has applied for CLE credit in Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennslyvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia based on state requirements and guidelines. All other attorneys seeking CLE credit should contact their state bar for more information. At the conclusion of the course and after completion of the electronic evaluation survey, all attendees will receive a uniform continuing education certificate that they may use to report their continuing education hours to their state bar or reporting agency. Questions regarding CLE can be directed to Senior Project Coordinator, Courtney Jan at

NDAA’s mission to serve and support prosecutors and their staff. In consideration of this commitment, NDAA requires that all those in attendance of our programs currently work in or work closely with prosecution: NDAA invites prosecutors (Chief Prosecutors and line prosecutors), executive staff, human resources staff, PIO’s, non-attorney administrative professionals, paralegals, investigators, and attorneys in local, state, tribal, federal and military government attorneys’ offices.

Hyatt Regency Bellevue: Eastside Seattle
900 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 462-1234

Hotel Rates
$219 – Single/ Double/ Triple/ Quadruple + 14.5 % tax
Based on space availability Room rate will be offered 3 days pre and post of this training
Check in time 4:00 pm
Check out time 12:00 pm

Room rate includes:  

  • Complimentary Health Club entry
  • Complimentary Standard internet in Guestroom
  • Complimentary Shared bandwidth simple Wi-Fi in meeting space
  • Discounted Self-Parking from $30 reduced to $10 overnight

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

Book hotel reservations by Friday, August 5, 2022 to secure the group rate.

On Site Registration: 8:30am Monday , August 22, 2022
Orientation: 9:00 a.m. Monday, August 22, 2022
There will be three full days of training -Monday through Wednesday, August 22- 24, 2022
Conclusion: 5:00pm Wednesday, August 24, 2022.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA): 18 miles

Estimated UberX fare: $46.00 (one way)

For ideas of things to do while you are in Bellevue, visit

Enjoy the Northwest’s premier shopping, dining and nightlife destination consisting of three upscale complexes — Bellevue Place, Lincoln Square and Bellevue Square — The Bellevue Collection offers something for everyone, with over 250 shops, 45 restaurants and multiple entertainment venues to choose from.

Enjoy breath-taking views of the Pacific Northwest at a world-class golf course, head to the mountains for hiking, fishing or skiing or discover Seattle’s best shopping and restaurants, just minutes away.

Visit Downtown Seattle – come early and take advantage of the conference rate Pre course:

  • Pike Place Market — a beloved Seattle landmark, welcoming more than 10 million visitors a year overlooking Elliott Bay
  • The Oldest Starbucks in the country
  • Variety of restaurants and shops
  • The Space Needle — The permanent symbol from the 1962 World’s Fair

Additional Questions?

Program Director Candace Mosley or Senior Project Coordinator Courtney Jan.

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