National Institute for Trial Advocacy

  • 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/...

  • Sep 10, 2018
Sep 10, 2018

NITA would like to give a huge shout out to Communication Consultant Brian K. Johnson, who taught at his final NITA National Session July 25 – August 2nd. Brian, along with his business partner and wife Marsha Hunter, taught a communication component of the program. According to Brian, “When Program Director Karen Steinhaus...

  • Sep 10, 2018
Sep 10, 2018

NITA Program Director Henry Su and NITA Faculty Jeffrey Collins led a public service program, August 1 - 2, for the Civil Rights Corps in Washington, DC. This deposition skills program covered topics such as: how to take and defend a deposition, questioning techniques, information gathering and exhibits, theory testing, and...

  • Aug 31, 2018
Aug 31, 2018

Written by NITA Program Director and guest blogger Allen Snyder Background I’m leaving Yangon late at night.  It’s raining, as usual, and the streets are gloomy from lack of lighting.  Suddenly the Shwedagon Pagoda, wreathed in gold leaf and paint and lit up like the morning bursts into view.  It disappears before I can a...

  • Aug 30, 2018
Aug 30, 2018

On August 6 - 8, NITA worked in conjunction with Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma (LASO) to put on a trial skills program for eighty-seven lawyers who provide legal services to the poor and disadvantaged. NITA brought a great team of instructors to the program, including Chris Behan, Julia Corty, Christina Habas, Suzanne Katc...

  • Sep 21, 2018
Sep 21, 2018

[gallery type="rectangular" ids="6939,6940,6941,6938" orderby="rand"] Ten months ago, on Nov 21, 2017 after midnight, my dad, Jack Pope—66, husband, father of three, grandfather to three, a decorated soldier, a mentor and a friend around the world—took his own life. It is two days before Thanksgiving. I am on business...

  • Aug 28, 2018
Aug 28, 2018

For the second year in a row, NITA partnered with Baker McKenzie LLP and Facebook for a unique public service program at the Facebook headquarters which trained both attorneys in child advocacy and in-house counsel looking to do more pro bono work. This three-day program trained 43 participants and was led by NITA Program D...