Cross Examination Workshop


Jan 13th – Feb 11th 2022

For decades, NCDC has presented workshops focusing on cross-examination and other specific skills. This past year, our weekend cross-examination workshop was transformed into a multi-week, online cross-examination workshop, attended by over 200 participants, nationally and internationally, with incredible success and tangible results for clients!!

Check back for more workshop opportunities in Fall 2022.

NCDC proudly presents a condensed, 3-week version of the NCDC Online Cross-Examination Workshop. The online workshop teaches the same skills as our legendary, in person cross-examination workshop! At your own pace, watch video presentations that teach NCDC’s trial-tested cross-examination techniques. Also perform cross-examination exercises in LIVE breakout sessions coached by NCDC’s amazing faculty with professional actors playing the roles of true-to-life witnesses.


Soon we will all be back in court with clients who depend on us. Let’s work together so that we will all come back stronger and sharper than ever when trials resume.

No travel or hotel expenses makes this program very affordable. (And scholarships are available for those in need.) All skill levels welcome. Each participant is assigned to a breakout group according to experience and scheduling preferences. 



This is a 3-week online course with an expected time commitment of approximately 7-9 hours per week. In this new online format, participants will study online lecture content asynchronously and then prepare to attend LIVE small group breakout sessions with NCDC faculty coaches on Tuesdays and Thursdays (with professional actors in the roles of witnesses). 

Demonstrations are viewed during a one hour time slot on Fridays. 

We have provided a breakdown of the expected time commitment for this course.

  • Prep Week: 5 hours of lecture review, 1 hour of cross technique demonstration and participation
  • Reviewing Online Lectures: 1-2 hours per week
  • Preparation for Cross-Examination Exercises: 1-2 hours per week
  • Participation in Small Group Breakout Sessions: 4 hours per week (2 hours each on Tuesday and Thursday)
  • Watching Faculty Demonstrations: 1 hour per week

Workshop Content

Workshop topics include the three rules of cross-examination, witness control techniques, theory of the case, theory of the witness, chaptering strategies, headlining and transitions, impeachment, crossing incentivized witnesses, exposing biases and more.

Program Fees

Tuition to attend  NCDC’s Cross-Examination Workshop is $650. State-level public defenders enjoy a $100 discount.  A limited number of scholarships are available based on need.  Scholarship applications are included in the program registration form.

“I previously fought in court, as a competitor, never wanting to lose, and that drive remains, but it has changed.  Now I fight as a soldier.  I fight on the front lines, as I always have, against mistreatment, abuse, and all that is done in the name of justice, in violation of so many rights.  But now I know what I am fighting for.  Never have I felt such a connection to my clients.”