National Institute for Trial Advocacy

  • 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....

  • 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...