National Institute for Trial Advocacy

  • Dec 05, 2018
Dec 05, 2018

I always enjoy reading the comments that program attendees leave when they complete our survey when they get home from their Trial Skills or Deposition program. It’s gratifying to read about what they’ve learned, how they expect it’ll help them be a better courtroom advocate going forward, what effect trai...

  • Nov 30, 2018
Nov 30, 2018

For many years now, NITA has worked closely with Equal Justice Works (EJW) on a public service program to train the EJW fellows, improving their trial skills. This year, NITA trained 32 EJW fellows, November 4 - 5 in Washington, DC. The program was led by NITA Program Director, Marcia Levy, who has a passion for public serv...

  • Nov 26, 2018
Nov 26, 2018

NITA returned to Kansas once again, this year in Topeka, for a public service trial skills program. NITA Program Director, Judge William "Bill" Ossmann, led the program for the eighth year in a row. According to Ossmann, the program allowed public service lawyers to recharge emotionally, to improve their trial skills, and t...

  • Nov 21, 2018
Nov 21, 2018

"So much for so little" Written by NITA guest blogger, Mathew Paulose Jr., Esq. A deposition is a routine part of any case. Some however say an essential part. But that would be an exaggeration. Here's why: The purpose of a deposition is not all that important: One major purpose of a deposition is to discover the o...

  • Nov 14, 2018
Nov 14, 2018

"Some Inconvenient Truths About Depositions" Written by NITA guest blogger, Judge Robert McGahey Depositions are a vital part of civil practice, whether that practice be personal injury, contract, malpractice, etc. Depositions are also an important learning tool.  In today’s litigation environment, it’s harder and harde...

  • Nov 14, 2018
Nov 14, 2018

This morning I walked by our main training room; it was dark and quiet. I reflected on what has happened in this room this year—21 programs and nearly 600 advocates trained. Worldwide, we will have conducted over 240 programs in 73 cities/countries and trained nearly 6,000 advocates this year. Nobody does it better and here...

  • Nov 07, 2018
Nov 07, 2018

"Once Upon a Time in Deposition: Taking Better Depositions to Tell Better Stories" Written by NITA guest blogger, Chris Arledge, co-founder and managing partner of One LLP Lawyers need to be storytellers.  We know that.  We hear it all the time.  But storytelling plays almost no role in our day-to-day activities.  Many...

  • Nov 06, 2018
Nov 06, 2018

Back in August, NITA hosted our Legal Services Corporation (LSCO) program, inviting attorneys in the legal service field to attend at our headquarters in Boulder, CO. This year, we had the opportunity to host the program a second time on September 25 - 28 for 48 more attorneys. This program was led by Program Director Supar...

  • Nov 04, 2018
Nov 04, 2018

Written by NITA Legal Editor Virginia Judd Tomorrow, voters across the country are heading to the polls. Voting is an act of faith. It can seem pointless—you are one of millions and millions of people pulling a lever, or filling in an oval, or touching a screen. What does your one vote matter? But what does one raindr...

  • Oct 30, 2018
Oct 30, 2018

"Educational" "Wonderful" "Beneficial" - all words used by attendees to describe the NITA public service program which took place October 2 - 3 with Mountain West Legal Services here at NITA's headquarters in Boulder, CO. NITA had to opportunity to train 44 attendees, led by Program Director Laurence Rose, along with six NI...