National Institute for Trial Advocacy

  • 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...

  • Nov 26, 2018
Nov 26, 2018

NITA returned to Kansas once again, this year in Topeka, for a public service trial skills program. NITA Program Director, Judge William "Bill" Ossmann, led the program for the eighth year in a row. According to Ossmann, the program allowed public service lawyers to recharge emotionally, to improve their trial skills, and t...

  • Nov 21, 2018
Nov 21, 2018

"So much for so little" Written by NITA guest blogger, Mathew Paulose Jr., Esq. A deposition is a routine part of any case. Some however say an essential part. But that would be an exaggeration. Here's why: The purpose of a deposition is not all that important: One major purpose of a deposition is to discover the o...

  • Nov 14, 2018
Nov 14, 2018

"Some Inconvenient Truths About Depositions" Written by NITA guest blogger, Judge Robert McGahey Depositions are a vital part of civil practice, whether that practice be personal injury, contract, malpractice, etc. Depositions are also an important learning tool.  In today’s litigation environment, it’s harder and harde...