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 training has had on th...

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...

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...

May 09, 2018
May 09, 2018

[gallery type="rectangular" ids="6696,6697,6698"] If you’ve ever tuned into one of our monthly webcasts, then you’ve seen Isaiah Gross, the man in the “Asked and Answered” hot seat today. Isaiah is one of the stars of the new intro that opens our studio71 webcasts. During production of the video (which we filmed during t...

Mar 28, 2018
Mar 28, 2018

[gallery type="columns" columns="2" size="medium" ids="6633,6634"] Have you ever had a zippy little email exchange with someone through work and thought, “Now, that’s someone I’d like to meet for a cocktail”? That’s what I’ve thought every time I’ve emailed Shelmun Dashan over the last few years. Shelmun is a legal aid a...

Jan 24, 2018
Jan 24, 2018

[gallery type="rectangular" columns="2" size="medium" ids="6510,6511"] One could say “be careful what you wish for” has meaning for author Tessa L. Dysart. Three years ago, she emailed our Publications Department to ask whether a third edition of Winning on Appeal, one of her favorite texts for teaching, was in the works...

Nov 08, 2017
Nov 08, 2017

This month, “Asked and Answered” went straight to the top to put someone in the hot seat: NITA’s own Executive Director, Karen Lockwood—and not a moment too soon, either. After a successful, gratifying career as a D.C. trial lawyer and five years guiding the tiller at NITA, Karen will be retiring at the end of this month. W...

Sep 21, 2017
Sep 21, 2017

Gal Gadot is a terrific actress, but if you ask me, the real-life Wonder Woman is someone right here at NITA: our own Rebecca Diaz-Bonilla. After all, what else would you call someone who runs her own international consulting firm, writes books (two in four years, with a third in progress), and teaches at NITA programs, whi...

Aug 24, 2017
Aug 24, 2017

NITA faculty member Judge Matt Williams has what you might call a larger-than-life personality. He’s a judge on the Washington State Superior Court bench and a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. He’s extensively traveled the world—Africa, Central Asia, South America, the Middle East, and all over the United States—with NITA to teac...

Aug 10, 2017
Aug 10, 2017

In the courtroom, you can do all the right stuff—tell a meaningful story of your client’s case, show compelling evidence, demonstrate courtesy to opposing counsel and witnesses, follow the rules of the court—and yet an individual juror will sometimes observe or fixate on something so random, so unconnected to the case, that...