National Institute for Trial Advocacy

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  • Jan 17, 2019
By Wendy McCormack Jan 17, 2019

The New Year seems like the starting line for a race: people resolve to shed the old and start anew. And it’s a healthy practice to take stock on our lives and look at habits we’d like to change or ways we’d like to grow. I’ve always found the idea of resolutions flawed, though. Why does a certain da...

  • Jan 22, 2019
Jan 22, 2019

Rounding out 2018's public service programs, NITA worked with the Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) for a 3-day trial skills training. This program took place at UC Hastings College of Law in San Francisco and trained 48 legal aid attorneys. NITA Program Director, Cary Bricker, led the program with great feedback.L...

  • Jan 16, 2019
Jan 16, 2019

by NITA guest bloggers Meagan Kelleher and Michael J. Dale Immigration proceedings involving asylum seekers, including parents, their children, and unaccompanied minors, are much in the news. Although these individuals are not entitled to counsel in immigration proceedings as a matter of statutory or constitutional rights,...

  • Jan 09, 2019
Jan 09, 2019

NITA has joined forces with Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for a number of years now to bring advocacy skills training to their attorneys for a public service program. This year, NITA and SPLC teamed up for a deposition skills program which took place December 6 - 7, 2018 in Montgomery, AL. This two-day program trained...

  • Dec 28, 2018
Dec 28, 2018

Back in November, NITA Program Director Mary Jo Barr headed to San Diego along with NITA Faculty Bradford Kessler for a public service program with the Children's Legal Services of San Diego. This program trained 16 legal service attorneys for a three-day trial skills program which covered: case analysis, opening statements...

  • Dec 21, 2018
Dec 21, 2018

NITA is so thankful for our continued relationship with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), as we concluded our second public service program with them this year, and our second year in a row teaming up for trial advocacy programs. This program took place November 26 - 28 in Baltimore, MD. The program tra...

  • Dec 19, 2018
Dec 19, 2018

Over the course of two weekends beginning November 15th and ending November 24th, NITA had the great opportunity to join forces with the Law Society of Ireland on a public service program training new solicitors. NITA's very own Executive Director, Wendy McCormack, had the pleasure of attending the program to observe and to...

  • Dec 17, 2018
Dec 17, 2018

This year, NITA had the opportunity to partner with the Colorado County Attorneys Association on not one, but two public service programs. The first program took place in the summer, while the second program was held in Fort Collins, November 15 - 16. The program was led by NITA Program Director, Tom Swett, and trained 30 o...

  • Dec 05, 2018
Dec 05, 2018

I always enjoy reading the comments that program attendees leave when they complete our survey when they get home from their Trial Skills or Deposition program. It's gratifying to read about what they've learned, how they expect it'll help them be a better courtroom advocate going forward, what effect training has had on th...

  • Nov 30, 2018
Nov 30, 2018

For many years now, NITA has worked closely with Equal Justice Works (EJW) on a public service program to train the EJW fellows, improving their trial skills. This year, NITA trained 32 EJW fellows, November 4 - 5 in Washington, DC. The program was led by NITA Program Director, Marcia Levy, who has a passion for public serv...