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  • Agency Application
  • NITA Public Service Efforts
  • NITA International Efforts

NITA is devoted to providing all lawyers with access to legal skills training. Public service programs created by NITA teach relevant advocacy skills to dedicated groups of attorneys and advocates working in areas, including, but not limited to:

  • Child advocacy
  • Death penalty defense
  • Disability
  • Domestic violence
  • Elder law
  • Immigration
  • Legal Services
  • Tribal justice

To help reach our goal, we devote resources to programs designed to improve the skills of those who represent underserved communities. This commitment is shown through our Board of Trustees allocating a percentage of reserves to be spent each year for our public service mission along with donations and grants. While many public service organizations approach NITA about coordinating training for their attorneys, our public service funding and volunteer faculty resources are limited. We try our best to accommodate organizations that apply and match our public service criteria by also extending reduced fee programming.

What are NITA's Public Service programs all about?

Hear what participants at public service programs have to say about their experience:

Agency Application Process

NITA conducts trial and deposition skills programs for public service lawyer groups.  In addition, a hybrid 2-day teacher training program followed immediately by a 3-day basic trial skills training is also available. To qualify for these types of training, your organization must meet the following public interest programming criteria:

  1. Attorneys or advocates who serve indigent or disadvantaged populations, including, but not limited to:  child advocacy, death penalty defense, disability, domestic violence, criminal law areas, immigration, legal services matters, and tribal justice. AND
  2. Public agency lawyers who work in the above mentioned areas would be eligible automatically. OR
  3. Private practice lawyers who work in these areas are eligible if at least 50% of their practice is devoted to providing legal services for clients who are indigent and unable to secure fee-based legal representation.  (Court-appointed work in these subject areas would be included in the 50% qualification).

Agencies and organizations that wish to apply for our reduced fee public service programming must meet the criteria above, and provide some level of funding to train their attorneys.  We welcome the opportunity to work within the organizations funding perimeters and require a specific agreement that ensures everyone understands their responsibilities for the financial and staffing resources to make a successful program.

If you are interested in applying for a public service program for your organization, please fill out this application and submit it to

NITA Public Service Efforts

NITA’s public service efforts support our goals to achieve equal justice by serving all sides of the courtroom. We do this by helping public service lawyers learn advocacy skills, through dedicated training. The advocates we seek to reach, beyond those who attend our public and custom programs, require resources from donations, grants, and board support. Additionally we sponsor programs by offering a reduced pricing structure because of limited resources.

We are proud to share our public service program efforts, fully or partially NITA-funded, and to highlight our partnering organizations.

Arkansas Court Improvement Trial Skills Program – Little Rock, AR

Capital Post Conviction Program – Los Angeles, CA

Equal Justice Works Trial Skills – Washington, DC
Sponsoring Organizations:
Equal Justice Works

Kansas Public Service Advocacy Skills Program – Topeka, KS
Sponsoring Organizations:
Kansas Bar Foundation

Legal Advocacy Partnership (LEAP) Trial Skills Program – Long Island, NY
Sponsoring Organizations:
Legal Advocacy Partnership

Legal Services Advocacy Skills – Boulder, CO
To view the press release about this program please click here.

National Disability Rights Network Training – Washington, DC
Sponsoring Organizations:
National Disability Rights Network

National Organization of Bar Counsel Advanced Advocacy Skills Training – Boulder, CO
Sponsoring Organizations:
National Organization of Bar Counsel

New Mexico Public Defender/District Attorney Trial Skills – Albuquerque, NM
To view the press release about this program please click here.

Training the Lawyer to Represent the Whole Family – Hempstead, NY

NITA International Efforts

The NITA Foundation’s International Rule of Law and Access to Justice Fund along with dedicated funds from the NITA Board of Trustees, helps support NITA’s international programming efforts. The programs supported must be part of a national or regional purpose of promoting the rule of law or of promoting access to justice for persons denied such access. These programs are sponsored by a wide variety of individuals and organizations such as Lawyers Without Borders, cooperative agreements between local foreign bar associations and United States bar associations, individual lawyers and law firms in the United States, and other organizations.

If you are interested in applying for a public service program for your organization, please fill out this application and submit it to

Involved organizations request various areas of support such as faculty travel, expenses, program development and content. Many of NITA’s international programs are in partnership with Lawyers Without Borders in countries such as: Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Liberia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. Other countries include Ireland and Japan.

NITA is proud to share the stories about these efforts and the sponsoring organizations. Please visit links below to read about NITA’s service commitment to support justice systems in emerging democracies worldwide.

PSIM (Professional Skills Instruction Materials) Consortium Meeting – Tokyo, Japan
Sponsoring Organizations:
Professional Skills Instruction Materials

Caribbean Advocacy Training Program – Antigua
To view the press release about this program please click here.

Indonesia Advocacy Training Program
Sponsoring Organizations:
Lawyers Without Borders

Kenya Advocacy Training Program – Nairobi, Kenya
Sponsoring Organizations:
Lawyers Without Borders

Kenya Commercial Advocacy Training Program – Nairobi, Kenya
Sponsoring Organizations:
Jones DayLawyers Without BordersLaw Society of Kenya

Malawi Advocacy Training Program – Lilongwe, Malawi
To view the press release about this program please click here.
Sponsoring Organizations:
Irish Rule of Law InternationalJustice Advocacy Africa

Scotland Advocacy Skills Training – Glasgow, Scotland

Tanzania Advocacy Training Program - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Sponsoring Organizations:
Lawyers Without BordersBaker McKenzieNorthwestern LawDLA Piper

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