National Institute for Trial Advocacy

  • Oct 04, 2019
By Reuben A. Guttman Oct 04, 2019

As a lawyer, I grew up in dusty warehouses, the repositories for massive document reviews. I tore through boxes, often disappointed to find reams of computer runs, no doubt the product of a twentieth-century printer that pecked out letters one at a time. I drafted my first complaint on an IBM Selectric II typewriter, hittin...

  • Oct 03, 2019
By Alli Varoglu Oct 03, 2019

NITA is proud to announce the 2019 3rd quarter recipients of the Advocate Designation. These designations are awarded to a person who has taken a well-rounded set of courses, proving they are serious about trial advocacy. Malcolm Schaefer | Dept. of Navy Office of General Counsel Horacio Sosa | Horacio Sosa PA If you...

  • Oct 01, 2019
By Alli Varoglu Oct 01, 2019

On August 14 - 16, NITA had the wonderful opportunity to partner with the Scottish Prosecution College in Glasgow, Scotland, for a Teacher Training course. NITA Program Director, Doris Cheng, led the training along with faculty member Robert Vaughan. Cheng had the distinct pleasure of leading a prior training in Scotland ba...

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  • Sep 05, 2019
By Wendy McCormack Sep 05, 2019

September is Suicide Prevention month. Last year at this time, I wrote and spoke about my father’s suicide, about the statistics facing the legal community in regard to mental health. I highlighted some of the initiatives that firms, bar associations, and individuals are doing to change the environment and increase la...

  • Aug 30, 2019
By Alli Varoglu Aug 30, 2019

On August 8 - 9, NITA had the opportunity to work alongside the Florida Guardian Ad Litem Foundation attorneys for a public service course, training 13 attorneys on deposition skills. The course was led by NITA Program Director, Bill Elward, who has been a longtime NITA faculty member. Elward stated, "The attorneys at Flori...

  • Aug 28, 2019
Aug 28, 2019

NITA's courses encompass tried and true trial techniques that work to improve advocacy skills for attorneys of all experience levels. Recently, we spoke with three NITA graduates, John Connell, Whitney O'Byrne, and Andy Wilson whose experiences, although differing in course location and type, all had a positive impact with...

  • Aug 27, 2019
Aug 27, 2019

On August 1 - 3, an esteemed group of NITA faculty led by Program Director, Cary Bricker, teamed up with the Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) for a deposition skills course in San Diego, CA. This three-day course trained forty-six attorneys on skills such as basic questioning techniques, information gathering, usi...

  • Aug 22, 2019
By Reuben A. Guttman Aug 22, 2019

In his 2017 critique of the judicial system, The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses, retired Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner wrote, “[B]ad writing is a related bane of the judiciary, the literary culture in America being either dead already, or rapidly dying from the rapid rise in texting and other forms...

  • Aug 19, 2019
Aug 19, 2019

For many years now, NITA has teamed up with the South Dakota chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) for a Teacher Training course, followed by either a Trial Academy or a Deposition Academy. This year, the Deposition Academy was held in Vermillion, SD at the USD Law School, July 18–19. According to T...

  • Aug 09, 2019
Aug 09, 2019

In just a few weeks, NITA will head to Belfast to partner with the Law Society of Northern Ireland to hold the Advanced Advocacy for Solicitors public service course. This year is especially exciting, as we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of this course's inception. To express our gratitude to the Law Society and NITA...