National Institute for Trial Advocacy

  • Dec 04, 2019
By Alli Varoglu Dec 04, 2019

On November 4 - 9, NITA had the distinct pleasure to train a group of prosecutors with the Institute of Comparative Studies in Criminal and Social Sciences (INECIP) in Argentina, for INECIP’s 30th anniversary. The program was held at the National University of Rosario Law School and presented an intensive trial skills...

  • Dec 03, 2019
By Jules Epstein Dec 03, 2019

Written by Professor Jules Epstein, Director of Advocacy Programs at Temple Beasley School of Law How do we assess the expert we consult, the one we hire and proffer, or the expert we will be confronting? If it is the opposing expert there will be a deposition (in a civil case) and testimony from prior cases as well as int...

  • Nov 22, 2019
By Alli Varoglu Nov 22, 2019

NITA remembers David “Dave” D. Kerman, faculty member and friend, who recently passed away. Kerman began teaching with NITA in the early ‘80s, most notably in our Northeast courses. He began regularly serving as a Team Leader for NITA’s Building Trial Skills: Boston course, and was greatly cherished...

  • Nov 20, 2019
By Reuben A. Guttman Nov 20, 2019

With the initiation of impeachment hearings, the word “hearsay” is getting a lot of play these days. Like many legal concepts that are bandied about, misconception exists about what hearsay is and what it is not. If you listen to some commentators, the impeachment hearing testimony of Ambassador William Taylor...

  • Nov 18, 2019
By Alli Varoglu Nov 18, 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 two NITA graduates, Adam Edgecombe and Jared L. Stringham, whose experiences, although differing in course location and type, all had a positive impact with a common d...

  • Nov 14, 2019
By Marsi Buckmelter Nov 14, 2019

Congratulations are in order for NITA faculty member and author Reuben Guttman, who successfully represented whistleblowers and the federal government in a False Claims Act filing against a Boston teaching hospital for allowing its urology department chair to book simultaneous surgeries and for billing Medicare for procedur...

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  • Nov 07, 2019
By Kay Dragon Nov 07, 2019

At the Nexus of Stewardship and Exponential Equations Guest letter written by Kay Dragon, NITA's Associate Executive Director of Finance and Chief Development Officer for the NITA Foundation Yes, two of my favorite topics. A recent conversation brought me back to these fundamentals. Principles of stewardship imply a hi...

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  • Oct 23, 2019
By Alli Varoglu Oct 23, 2019

Written by NITA guest blogger, Jennie Foote Feldman My path to the NITA/CLINIC program in Boulder was an unusual one.  For starters, even though I graduated from law school in 2001, I am new to the practice of asylum law.  I practiced securities litigation in New York and the Bay Area for seven years before takin...

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  • Oct 16, 2019
By Jennifer Schneider Oct 16, 2019

Guest letter written by Jennifer Schneider, NITA's Associate Executive Director of Operations. The leaves of fall put on a spectacular show, bright red, yellow, orange. The changing season is abrupt—crisp sharp air, cool mornings, bright sun followed by rain and more sun. It is a season of reflection, a chance to pau...

  • 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...

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