National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Aug 22, 2019
By Reuben A. Guttman Aug 22, 2019

In his 2017 critique of the judicial system, The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses, retired Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner wrote, “[B]ad writing is a related bane of the judiciary, the literary culture in America being either dead already, or rapidly dying from the rapid rise in texting and other forms...

Aug 09, 2019
Aug 09, 2019

In just a few weeks, NITA will head to Belfast to partner with the Law Society of Northern Ireland to hold the Advanced Advocacy for Solicitors public service course. This year is especially exciting, as we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of this course's inception. To express our gratitude to the Law Society and NITA...

May 14, 2019
May 14, 2019

NITA is proud to announce Jayme Cassidy, Pro Bono Advocacy Director at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., and Whitney Untiedt, attorney at Freidin Brown P.A., as Co-Program Directors for NITA's Building Trial Skills: Florida course to be held in March, 2020 at Nova Southeastern College of Law.This past March, Professor...

May 03, 2019
May 03, 2019

Congratulations to NITA Faculty Joseph L. Kish, who received an award on May 1st for Excellence in Pro Bono Service from the United States District Court and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Mr. Kish is a Shareholder at Segal McCambridge in the Chicago office and has served as a NITA faculty member for mo...

Apr 03, 2019
Apr 03, 2019

Written by Professor Jules Epstein, Director of Advocacy Programs at Temple Beasley School of Law To review last week's topic, please take a look at part one here.Collective Wisdom:As the final step in trying to adduce the 'argument principles(s)' for an opening statement, this author turned to some of the best trial advoca...

Mar 26, 2019
Mar 26, 2019

Written by Professor Jules Epstein, Director of Advocacy Programs at Temple Beasley School of Law When does an opening statement, meant to be persuasive, veer off into impermissible argument? The line is in some sense indefinable – and it feels like the only formula is like that of obscenity – “I shall not...

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 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...