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All posts by Wendy McCormack

NITA Education CenterJul 31, 2019
By Wendy McCormack Jul 31, 2019

The U.S. just celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of landing on the moon. I’m in awe, thinking about the risk and innovation involved. Yes, there was the actual launch, but it was preceded by years of research, prototyping, failure, safety concerns, and technology. And by people—scientists and engineers and math...

NITA Education CenterJul 08, 2019
By Wendy McCormack Jul 08, 2019

Is mandatory CLE a waste of time? Most attorneys will very quickly say yes. In Jordan Rothman’s article, CLE Requirements Are a Big Waste of Time, he shares his observations of online CLEs as well as in-person CLEs, and concludes that, generally, no one is paying attention.Mr. Rothman isn’t wrong. Lawyers freque...

NITA Education CenterJun 06, 2019
By Wendy McCormack Jun 06, 2019

Our flagship program, the National Session, is right around the corner, starting on July 24. The National Session is such a huge part of NITA history that it deserves a bit of reflection. NITA officially incorporated in June 1971. The following summer, in 1972, NITA launched the National Session—a four-week, trial ad...

NITA Education CenterApr 30, 2019
By Wendy McCormack Apr 30, 2019

Actions speak louder than words—especially when it comes to diversity. The Center for Legal Inclusiveness (CLI) here in Denver continues to introduce me to the diversity needs and gaps in the legal industry. CLI’s annual conference highlights significant discrepancies in gender and race in the legal industry&md...

NITA Education CenterApr 02, 2019
By Wendy McCormack Apr 02, 2019

It's award season here at NITA, and one of our favorite times of year. We get to recognize truly exceptional contributions to NITA and honor members of NITA’s faculty, author, and staff communities. Each award highlights a specific contribution to NITA: exceptional teaching; innovation in teaching; and service to...

NITA Education CenterMar 04, 2019
By Wendy McCormack Mar 04, 2019

Last month, I attended the San Francisco Bar Association’s Women in Trial initiative, led by Doris Cheng. As I prepped to go, I asked a few of our NITA teachers what came to mind when they thought about the topic of Women in the Law. All three pointed to similar things: the industry statistics for women and minoritie...

NITA Education CenterFeb 07, 2019
By Wendy McCormack Feb 07, 2019

Black History Month's roots go all the way back to 1925. Harvard-trained historian, Carter G. Woodson conceived and announced Negro History Week that year as a way for remembering important people and events in the history of the African-American heritage. In our bicentennial year, President Gerald Ford expanded it to a ful...

NITA Education CenterJan 17, 2019
By Wendy McCormack Jan 17, 2019

The New Year seems like the starting line for a race: people resolve to shed the old and start anew. And it’s a healthy practice to take stock on our lives and look at habits we’d like to change or ways we’d like to grow. I’ve always found the idea of resolutions flawed, though. Why does a certain da...