National Institute for Trial Advocacy

  • Aug 13, 2018
Aug 13, 2018

NITA would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to Karen Steinhauser who finished up her third and final year as a co-program director for NITA's National Session. Back in 2004, Steinhauser served as an Assistant Team Leader at the National Session and then in 2016, she began her first year as co-program director....

  • Aug 09, 2018
Aug 09, 2018

Opening Statements – The Opportunity to Tell Your Client’s Side of the Story: A 12-Step Guide (Part One of Two) Written by NITA guest blogger William Webb When we stand up to provide an opening statement, we want to tell the jury our version of our client’s story.  But, how do we tell a story? Think back to a time wh...

  • Aug 03, 2018
Aug 03, 2018

NITA and Lawyers Without Borders (LWOB) joined forces and ventured to Kenya for a public service international program, held July 23 - 27 at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies. Judge Ann Williams served as NITA's Program Director, leading a group of 17 faculty members who trained 80 attorneys in Kenya on Trial Advocacy...

  • Aug 01, 2018
Aug 01, 2018

On July 9th, NITA Program Director Mark Caldwell ventured down to South Dakota for a public service Teacher Training program, which was the beginning of the Trial Academy through the University of South Dakota School of Law. The Academy took place July 9 - 13 in which NITA provided the materials and faculty training. Acc...

  • Aug 02, 2018
Aug 02, 2018

How I Learned to Love the Opening Statement Written by NITA guest blogger, Senior Deputy District Attorney Amy Ferrin I love Brussels sprouts.  Tossed with olive oil and seasoning.  Roasted until the edges are a bit crispy.  Fantastic.  Maybe I like them because they are so good for me, or maybe I truly enjoy their unus...

  • Jul 25, 2018
Jul 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 Mark Olson as our July Vo...

  • Jul 23, 2018
Jul 23, 2018

NITA Program Director Tom Swett led a 1-day deposition public service program for the Colorado Office of the Attorney General on June 26th - customizing a schedule to improve the attendees' advocacy skills in a short amount of time. According to Swett, "What do commitments, funnels, probing, and theory testing have in co...

  • Jul 20, 2018
Jul 20, 2018

Back in 2017, NITA teamed up with the Catholic Legal Immigrant Network, Inc. (CLINIC) for two public service programs - one in Boulder, CO and one in Chicago, IL. This year, NITA and CLINIC have teamed up once again - this time for a program in Boulder, CO and in Baltimore, MD. The Boulder program took place July 1 - 3, wit...

  • Jul 19, 2018
Jul 19, 2018

Distilling Effective Rhetoric for Persuasive Opening Statements Written by NITA guest blogger Sara Jacobson1 Opening statement is the first time a lawyer gets to lay their case out to the jury. It is the first impression you make, and the first impression the jury takes about your case. You want the jury to believe you, t...

  • Jul 17, 2018
Jul 17, 2018

For several years, NITA and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) have partnered on public service training programs in order to help improve the skills of these advocates. NDRN is a nonprofit membership association for the 57 Protection and Advocacy system agencies (P&A), a system which was established in 1975...