National Institute for Trial Advocacy

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...

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...

Oct 19, 2018
Oct 19, 2018

In September, it felt like Colorado’s unexpected heatwave would never end. But now, when I walk outside in the morning I feel that brisk, autumn air and see the golden leaves of autumn creeping further and further down the mountains. Change—we see it with the passing of the seasons, we see it in our children, and we even...

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 17, 2018
Aug 17, 2018

[gallery link="none" type="columns" ids="6867,6868,6866"] A year ago, I took the month of August off of work: a month of no emails and barely a phone. During that month, I spent a week road-tripping out west with my teenage son Cole, went solo hiking in Switzerland, celebrated my great-aunt’s 90th birthday in Canada, and...

Jul 19, 2018
Jul 19, 2018

We are a multi-generational workplace organization. There are five generations in the workplace today and NITA encompasses all of them. From our Board, faculty, staff, and customers, our ability to interact, value, and respect each other is imperative to accomplishing our mission. For a refresher, here is the breakdown:...

Jun 14, 2018
Jun 14, 2018

Inspiration comes in many forms. Maybe it’s watching the sunrise from the top of a mountain that you just climbed, maybe it’s learning something new from someone you admire, or maybe it’s watching an incredible lawyer cross-examine an expert witness. Last week I was inspired when I read an interview with Jim Sandman, Ex...

May 18, 2018
May 18, 2018

I have an obsession with time. It is a fascinating thing―it breeds acknowledgement of things past, gives focus to things present, and instills a vision of things future. Time is a continuum. It can create a sense of accomplishment, or of laziness. It allows us to reflect on the impact of our activities as well as the people...