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Here is a description of our 2016 Fall Program offering...

Cross examination:
breaking it down and building it up

"This experience has changed my life, as promised.  The quality of the programming and instruction are incomparable."

On Friday, October 14 - Sunday, October 16, 2016, the National Criminal Defense College is proud to announce our program entitled, Cross Examination: Breaking It Down and Building It Up. This program will be held in Atlanta, GA at the Renaissance Concourse Hotel. The program features bright, robust, creative, and energetic faculty with hundreds of years of experience in defending criminal cases all over the country. They will take the participants through the building blocks of cross-examination and impeachment, then infuse the program with lectures and demonstrations designed to advance that foundation with techniques to hone and refine the effectiveness of your cross-examination skills. And, as always, much of the participants' time will be in small group exercises, conducting cross-examination upon professional actors playing the witness roles, all the while receiving valuable critique and direction from the faculty assigned to these small groups.

Dean Strang ("Making a Murderer" defense attorney and NCDC faculty member) will deliver the keynote address.

The Course

This program focuses on the skill that criminal defense lawyers use most often — cross-examination. The seminar presents a comprehensive approach, using concrete examples, of the “why and how” of cross-examination. Attorneys of all experience levels are welcome and will benefit from the presentations, small group exercises, and faculty critiques.

Enrollment for this program is limited. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis, so early registration is encouraged. This program uses the same successful NCDC teaching methods
as the Trial Practice Institute. Lectures and demonstrations by a nationally recognized faculty supplement the small group workshops.

In the workshops, participants conduct actual witness examinations before a video camera, a member of the faculty, and other members of the small group. Witness roles, including the victim, the accomplice, the police officer, and the bystander eyewitness, are played by actors trained to present realistic situations encountered by criminal defense lawyers.


The tuition fee including course materials is $600.00. Fees must be paid by Sep. 22, 2016, unless other specific arrangements are made. A $25.00 non-refundable registration fee (to be applied to tuition) must accompany registration if not paid in full. No scholarship funds will be available for this program. Payment may be made by check (payable to the National Criminal Defense College), Mastercard, or Visa, or American Express. You should receive written confirmation of acceptance within 10 working days. If you do not, please contact NCDC at (478) 746-4151.

Click here to download the brochure and application.


The Cross-Examination course will be held at the Renaissance Atlanta Hotel-Concourse. The hotel has 24 hour free shuttle service. NCDC will arrange hotel accomodations for participants, at a special rate of $93.00 per night single or double occupancy. Please note: participants will make payment for all room charges directly to the hotel. Complete the reservation portion of the registration form in this brochure and return it to NCDC. These rates will be available only until Sep. 22, 2016.

A reserved room will be held until 4:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13. If you will be checking in after that time, you must arrange for a deposit (or a credit card guarantee) directly with us, or with the hotel at (404)209-9999 or FAX (404)209-7031. We send the hotel a housing list 2 weeks before the program so please do not call before then. If you wish to share a hotel room with another participant to economize, we will attempt (but not guarantee) to find you a roommate.


The faculty listed above are expected to teach at the program. however, trial schedules change and faculty commitments are subject to alteration.