National Institute for Trial Advocacy

  • Oct 18, 2018
Oct 18, 2018

Here at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy we are fortunate enough to have over 800 volunteer faculty each year. We would like to take a moment and introduce to you those faculty who have given us over 100 hours of their time in 2017 to help train advocates all over the globe. In part two of this series we highli...

  • Oct 12, 2018
Oct 12, 2018

On September 14 - 15, NITA had the opportunity to work with the Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction (AAAA), for a public service program held at The Brown Palace in Denver, CO. This experiential program trained 120 attorneys by NITA Program Director JC Lore who did a series of lectures, demonstrations, and works...

  • Oct 11, 2018
Oct 11, 2018

Engaging the YouTube Attention Span Written by NITA Program Director and guest blogger, David Mann Ask yourself this: “When I see a video pop up on my social media feed – if the title has caught my attention and I’ve clicked play – how long do I give it before I click it off?” I’ve asked this question to seminar audi...

  • Oct 12, 2018
Oct 12, 2018

NITA is proud to announce the 2018 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. Vecdet Tasel | AVSA LAW FIRM Eric J Eastham | Mintz Levin PC Wanda Cannick | US...

  • Oct 19, 2018
Oct 19, 2018

In September, it felt like Colorado’s unexpected heatwave would never end. But now, when I walk outside in the morning I feel that brisk, autumn air and see the golden leaves of autumn creeping further and further down the mountains. Change—we see it with the passing of the seasons, we see it in our children, and we even...

  • Oct 05, 2018
Oct 05, 2018

Written by NITA guest blogger, Prof. Jules Epstein Rarely if ever will the cross-examining attorney know more about a subject than the expert witness being confronted.  Indeed, that is why discovery rules mandate pre-trial disclosure of expert reports – “They allow attorneys, not experts in the fields at issue, to prepar...

  • Oct 05, 2018
Oct 05, 2018

Written by NITA guest bloggers Iva Čechráková and Michael J. Dale A question has recently arisen regarding the rationale or basis for the use of the phrase “to a reasonable degree of certainty” in California. The question was posed, based upon our June 20, 2018, blog post, Why Do Lawyers Ask Expert Witnesses For An Opini...

  • Oct 04, 2018
Oct 04, 2018

Everyone Has a Storyteller Inside Them Written by NITA Program Director and Guest Blogger, Terre Rushton “Everyone has a storyteller inside them, and everyone has a story to tell. James Joyce once said he never met an uninteresting person. The difference between people who seem interesting and people who don’t is their...

  • Oct 02, 2018
Oct 02, 2018

Written by award-winning legal technologist Shannon Lex Bales, The Trial Presentation Companion: A Step-by-Step Guide to Presenting Electronic Evidence in the Courtroom, is NITA's first-ever comprehensive "how-to" manual on running electronic evidence in the courtroom. This face-saving guide will help you and your firm expa...

  • Sep 26, 2018
Sep 26, 2018

by NITA guest bloggers Michaela Vrazdova and Michael J. Dale In trial practice, the question often arises as to whether police accident reports are admissible into evidence under the business record exception to the hearsay rule, and if they are not, why not. It turns out that there is no single answer, as states differ....