National Institute for Trial Advocacy

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  • Feb 07, 2019
By Wendy McCormack Feb 07, 2019

Black History Month's roots go all the way back to 1925. Harvard-trained historian, Carter G. Woodson conceived and announced Negro History Week that year as a way for remembering important people and events in the history of the African-American heritage. In our bicentennial year, President Gerald Ford expanded it to a ful...

  • Feb 07, 2019
Feb 07, 2019

January 7 - 9, NITA had the opportunity to work with Catholic Legal Services of Miami (CLSM) for a public service program. This program was hosted at the Miami office of Greenberg Traurig and trained 34 attendees on trial skills. Led by Program Director, Michelle Mendez, this program featured NITA faculty such as Neil Kods...

  • Jan 23, 2019
Jan 23, 2019

For the second year in a row, NITA worked with Cardinal Gibbons High School's Mock Trial Team in Fort Lauderdale, FL on a very specialized public service program. NITA Faculty Judge Chris Sprague and Ashley Willcott ventured to Fort Lauderale to work with a team of mock trial students on January 14th, who are preparing for...

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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...