National Institute for Trial Advocacy

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  • Feb 18, 2020
By Reuben A. Guttman Feb 18, 2020

Mass Tort Deals cover.jpg (22 KB)In 1965, Ralph Nader published Unsafe at Any Speed, an exposé on automobile safety, and since its publication, consumer faith in product safety has never been t...

  • NITA Education Center
  • Feb 13, 2020
By Alli Varoglu Feb 13, 2020

Over the years, NITA Program Director Michael J. Dale, along with a number of his research assistants, have contributed a wide array of articles to NITA’s blog, The Legal Advocate. The topics for these articles deal with practical litigation issues that have arisen in trial and deposition skills training programs throughout the country. With new articles coming in February and March and another whitepaper on the way, we wanted to give readers a chance to check out Professor Dale’s pr...

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  • Feb 06, 2020
By Wendy McCormack Feb 06, 2020

group photo.jpg (700 KB) I recently saw the movie Just Mercy. It follows attorney Bryan Stevenson through the creation of the Equal Justice Initiative in Alabama, an organization founded to defend those wrongly condemned or those not afforded proper representation. The story of Walter MacMillan, a man convicted of a murder he did...

  • Feb 04, 2020
By Alli Varoglu Feb 04, 2020

deborah a batts.jpg (23 KB)Yesterday morning we lost a dear friend, great teacher, and mentor. We are sorry to inform you of the death of the Honorable Deborah Batts.

For more than four decades, Judge Batts shared her knowledge, talent, and insight with students from around the world. A graduate of Radcliffe  Coll...

  • Jan 29, 2020
By Alli Varoglu Jan 29, 2020

NITA is proud to announce the 2019 recipients of the Master Advocate Designation. This designation is awarded to a person who has taken a well-rounded set of courses, proving they are serious about trial advocacy. Sarah Havens | Phillips & Pelly Peter Ordower | Law Office of Peter Ordower If you have any questions on how you can receive the NITA Advocate or NITA Master Advocate Designation, please review the information on our NITA Designatio...

  • Jan 28, 2020
By Alli Varoglu Jan 28, 2020

As NITA’s final public service training of 2019, a group of four NITA faculty members ventured to Monterey Park, California, for a trial skills training course with the Children's Law Center of California (CLCC). The course, led by NITA Program Director Mike Dale, took place on December 16–19 as a follow-up to Dale’s Teacher Training course with a select group of CLCC attorneys. Dale remarked, "The Children's Law Center of California is one of the largest public interest law f...

  • Jan 27, 2020
By Susan Hoyt Jan 27, 2020

Each year, NITA program directors nominate individuals they believe will help continue NITA’s legacy of passionate, dedicated program faculty. Nominees must have taught at a NITA public program, be under the age of 45, or have been identified in a teacher training program as having the potential to become a dedicated NITA faculty member. Three outstanding young faculty leaders to become the annual Next Generation (NextGen) faculty. These NextGen faculty agree to teach at programs across th...

  • Jan 23, 2020
By Susan Hoyt Jan 23, 2020

Each year, the NITA awards are presented to some of our outstanding program faculty and authors to acknowledge and celebrate their dedication to furthering NITA’s mission. We are honored to present the 2019 Robert Oliphant Award for Outstanding Service to NITA to Thomas Jay Leach, the Robert Keeton Award for Outstanding Service to NITA as a Faculty Member to Stephanie Ledesma and Tom Swett, and the Prentice Marshall Faculty Award for the Development of Innovative Teaching Methods with NITA...

  • Jan 17, 2020
By Alli Varoglu Jan 17, 2020

bigstock-Fake-Dictionary-Dictionary-De-280481167.jpg (82 KB)Written by NITA guest blogger Stepanka Hofmanova* Subpoenaing non-party witnesses for deposition or trial usually is a routine matter. However, a seemingly easy process may become a challenge when a crucial non-party witness is...

  • Jan 07, 2020
By Alli Varoglu Jan 07, 2020

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, Kristen Files and Anne Rios, whose experiences, although differing in course location and type, all had a positive impact with a common denominator—being on...

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