The First-Term Leader Course

June 6 - 7, 2022

Washington, DC

I feel stress all the time.  That is my job.” – Elected Prosecutor

Being an elected or appointed prosecutor is challenging—now more than ever.  Being relatively new to the position makes this tough job even more daunting.

Fear not – NDAA and Vera Causa Group have your back! We can help you navigate around and avoid the unseen landmines that can damage your ability to achieve your vision for your office. Drawing from the successful and not-so-successful experiences of first-term elected and appointed prosecutors, this course will provide a road map that will help you successfully revamp your office culture to align with your vision, create or maintain high employee morale, recruit and retain top performers, leverage (rather than fear) the media and effectively executive the vision you were elected or appointed to pursue. You will hear from expert instructors and from actual first term prosecution leaders who are setting new standards for success. Some of the topics included are:

  • Avoiding the top ten things newly elected/appointed prosecutors do to get in their own way.
  • Successfully transitioning from defense attorney to lead prosecutor without blowing yourself up.
  • Establishing an organizational culture and set of values as the bedrock of your success.
  • Executing your vision through effective management techniques.
  • Developing a performance management process that works for you.
  • Learning what really drives employee job satisfaction (spoiler alert – it’s not money.)
  • Brainstorming strategies to bust through the COVID backlog.
  • Leveraging the media to engage with your community.
  • Navigating ethical issues in the first term.

There will be two 1.5 hour follow-up webinar sessions included in the course cost.  The webinars will be held on

  • July 14, 2022 from 2:00 – 3:30 PM EST
  • August 18, 2022 from 2:00 – 3:30 PM EST

The NDAA Executive Course will be held immediately following the First-Term Leader course.  These two courses were designed to be complementary to one another.  Accordingly, there is reduced cost option available to attend both courses.


NDAA Member: $525

Non-member: $625

There will be two 1.5 hour follow-up webinar sessions included in the course cost.  The webinars will be held on

  • July 14, 2022 from 2:00 – 3:30 PM EST
  • August 18, 2022 from 2:00 – 3:30 PM EST

Bundle with Executive Course:

NDAA Member: $925

Non-member: $1025

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 Logan Silverman 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/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 Logan Silverman at Training credit must be applied to a new registration prior to September 30, 2022.

*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 10.25 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 Project Coordinator, Courtney Jan at

This course is suitable for all prosecutors (state and local, federal, military, and tribal).  Recommended attendees include elected or appointed chief prosecutors, first assistant prosecutors, deputy chief prosecutors and other executive level personnel.

If you are not sure about your eligibility, please contact Course Director Allysa Gambarella or Project Coordinator Logan Silverman.

Hotel Washington
515 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 661-2400

Hotel Rates
$254.00 – Single/Double plus tax

  • Complimentary high-speed internet in the Guestrooms and Meeting Space
  • Complimentary Health Club entry

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 Tuesday, May 17, 2022 to secure the group rate.

On Site Registration:
8:00 a.m. Monday, June 6, 2022

8:30 a.m. Monday, June 6, 2022

12:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, 2022

Additional Questions?

Program Director Allysa Gambarella or Project Coordinator Logan Silverman.

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