The NITA Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to providing resources to fulfill NITA's mission of public service to the legal community. Since 2003, it has disbursed over $3.25 million to support NITA's programs and to offer scholarship assistance to worthy applicants working with the underserved and historically disenfranchised populations. None of this would be possible without the support of its loyal donors.

Donor Spotlight

Bennett S. Aisenberg

Ben C Aisenberg The NITA Foundation is proud to honor Bennett S. Aisenberg for a $10,000 donation in 2015 to the Bill Keating Memorial Scholarship. William "Bill" Keating, a NITA friend and faculty member, passed away in the beginning of 2015. Bill’s strong work ethic, his love of the law, and his passion in working with people brought to him many honors and high esteem in the community. The Memorial was created anonymously by friends of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

Bennett (Ben) Aisenberg’s close friendship with Keating dated back to 1970. Aisenberg is responsible for introducing Keating to NITA and for this we are grateful. “I thought the world of Bill. I admired him as much as anyone I have ever known”, Ben reminisces about his friend.

Aisenberg, the past President of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, President of the Denver Bar Association, and President of the Colorado Bar Association, had the privilege of presenting Keating with a Lifetime Achievement Award. “Bill was such a down to earth, regular guy who was just too young to go. The respect he held in the community is indescribable”, said Ben. His hope being a major donor is to inspire other large donors to this Memorial which will carry on Bill’s legacy by enabling attendance in a NITA Deposition program to qualified attorneys.

Aisenberg was presented the Award for Merit from the Colorado Bar Association in 2012. To learn more about Ben’s love for the law profession and his accomplishments please click here to read his own words in a publication from The Colorado Lawyer.

NITA and the NITA Foundation thank Bennett Aisenberg with our deepest gratitude for his contribution and remembrances about Bill Keating.

To donate in Bill’s honor, please visit

International Society of Barristers

International Society of BarristersOur appreciation for annual donations from the International Society of Barristers (ISOB) runs deep. Their consistent backing dates back to the early 2000’s and has supported defined scholarships to NITA trial skills programs called the International Society of Barristers Craig Spangenberg/John Liber Scholarships. In 2015, their contribution increased and will continue to sponsor these scholarships along with starting a specific NITA public service program.

We are thrilled to share our donor acknowledgement video to exhibit the valued friendship and partnership between the NITA Foundation and the International Society of Barristers. View the video below:

The Society nurtures excellence and professionalism in advocacy by its recognition of members’ achievements. Their recognition of the quality of NITA trial programs combined with their support to the NITA Foundation allows a combined mission of enhancing advocacy skills and improving the justice system.

To learn more about ISOB, visit

International Academy of Trial Lawyers Foundation

International Academy Trial Lawyers FoundationThe International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL) Foundation is a nonprofit with the purpose “to promote reform in law, facilitate the administration of justice and cultivate the science of jurisprudence”. The Foundation donates to legal programs and NITA is honored to be one of them. Their $15,600 donation to the NITA Foundation in 2016 helped fund scholarships enabling over a dozen public service lawyers to attend the NITA Trial Skills or Deposition program of their choice.

We sincerely thank IATL for their continued support. To learn more about IATL, visit

Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell

Wheeler Trigg O'DonnellIn January 2012, the Denver-based civil litigation firm of Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell (WTO) donated $10,000 through its charitable foundation to the NITA Foundation to support scholarships. NITA is grateful to the firm for its generosity and commitment to advocacy skills training. WTO's gift to the NITA Foundation is being used to fund the full tuition for 10 public service attorneys to attend NITA's 2012 Colorado public programs including: Building Trial Skills- Rocky Mountain; the National Session; and Deposition Skills-Rocky Mountain. In addition, WTO's donation provides need-based travel accommodations for these scholarship recipients. To learn more about Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell, visit

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