National Institute for Trial Advocacy

  • Jul 16, 2018
Jul 16, 2018

NITA is proud to announce the 2018 2nd 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. Jeffrey Dornbos | Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge Andrew A. Shank | Eller & Detrich PC...

  • Jul 19, 2018
Jul 19, 2018

We are a multi-generational workplace organization. There are five generations in the workplace today and NITA encompasses all of them. From our Board, faculty, staff, and customers, our ability to interact, value, and respect each other is imperative to accomplishing our mission. For a refresher, here is the breakdown:...

  • Jul 11, 2018
Jul 11, 2018

NITA had the opportunity this year to partner with the Colorado County Attorneys for a public service program. The program took place June 7 - 8 in Grand Junction, CO as part of the Colorado County Attorney's Annual Conference. Over 40 Colorado County attorneys were in attendance for the trial skills program led by NITA Pro...

  • Jul 12, 2018
Jul 12, 2018

Objections in Openings Written by NITA guest blogger Sara Jacobson1 The purpose of opening statements is to lay out your theory of the case and to preview what you believe the evidence will be, but rules still apply.2 While not codified in the formal Federal Rules of Evidence, there are limits to what lawyers can do in s...

  • Jul 05, 2018
Jul 05, 2018

Opening Statements: How to Tell a Persuasive Story Written by NITA guest blogger and Program Director Michael Johnson “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...” "The magician’s underwear has just been found in a cardboard suitcase  floating in a stagnant pond on the outskirts of Miami." “First the Co...

  • Jul 02, 2018
Jul 02, 2018

For the second year in a row, NITA joined forces with the New Mexico Public Defenders in Albuquerque for a trial skills public service program. NITA Program Directors Joleen Youngers and MJ Barr led the 32-person program and worked hard to develop a schedule that would help improve skills including how to present expert tes...

  • Jul 05, 2018
Jul 05, 2018

[caption id="attachment_6785" align="alignright" width="203"] NITA Past Board Members Joseph R. Bankoff and Louise A. LaMothe[/caption] NITA would like to congratulate Past Board Members Joseph R. Bankoff and Louise A. LaMothe who became Life Members at The American Law Institute (ALI) during their 95th Annual Meeting. T...

  • Jun 27, 2018
Jun 27, 2018

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court of the United States this morning. Since his appointment to the high court bench in 1988 by President Reagan, Justice Kennedy has frequently served as the crucial swing vote in decisions. His retirement is predicted to recast the leanings of the m...

  • Jun 28, 2018
Jun 28, 2018

Last November, The Legal Advocate reported on the memorial celebration that was held in Chicago to remember longtime NITA program director Bob VanderLaan, as well the establishment of the Robert VanderLaan Memorial Scholarship which was inspired by Bob’s devotion to teaching at NITA. Both the memorial event and the scholars...

  • Jun 26, 2018
Jun 26, 2018

NITA had the wonderful opportunity to partner once again with Hofstra University Law Clinic for a public service program, "Training the Lawyer to Represent the Whole Family." This program took place June 4 - 8 and was offered at a highly reduced rate to attorneys who work primarily in the areas of child protection, custody,...