National Institute for Trial Advocacy

  • 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....

  • Sep 25, 2018
Sep 25, 2018

As part of NITA’s efforts to recognize our vast volunteer community, we have initiated a monthly volunteer faculty spotlight. Recommendations come from our programs department staff, who work closely with our volunteers on our public, public service, and custom programs. NITA is pleased to announce Neil Kodsi as our Sep...

  • Sep 24, 2018
Sep 24, 2018

Written by NITA Program Director Fiona Donnelly [caption id="attachment_7033" align="alignright" width="300"] NITA Faculty members (left to right) Carol Sowers, Angela Vigil, Fiona Donnelly, and Monique Carter, aka "The A-Team"[/caption] It is ironic that after a week of trying to decide whether a NITA defendant shoul...

  • Sep 20, 2018
Sep 20, 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 one of this series we highli...

  • Sep 18, 2018
Sep 18, 2018

For many years now, NITA has hosted a public service trial skills program at our headquarters, open to legal aid attorneys. This year, we are excited to be able to host two of these programs here in Boulder, CO. The first program took place August 21 - 24 and was led by NITA Program Director Amy Hanley. This program trained...

  • Sep 14, 2018
Sep 14, 2018

For many, public service is a calling, and to look at Kate Wieking Wardrip’s legal experience is to know it’s true for her as well. From providing legal assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS and mental health disabilities to helping run a restraining order clinic for victims of domestic violence, preparing immigration p...

  • Sep 17, 2018
Sep 17, 2018

By guest blogger Virginia Judd, NITA Legal Editor When I first joined NITA, I was working ¾-time as a legal editor and still practicing bankruptcy law. About a year into my NITA life, I had clients who had fallen behind on property taxes and were threatened with foreclosure. After I filed their Chapter 13 plan, the IRS f...

  • Sep 12, 2018
Sep 12, 2018

For the second year in a row, NITA teamed up with ABA's Children Immigration Law Academy (CILA) for a public service program. This three-day program focused on child advocacy and trained 52 attendees in Houston, TX. NITA Co-Program Directors Michelle Mendez and Tom Swett led the faculty team, teaching skills such as direct/...