The Legal Advocate

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January 2017 Executive Director’s Letter: Introducing our Professional Staff – Stellar Program Department!

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Meet our staff members! While NITA is the faculty and author network that brings you learn-by-doing programs and materials, NITA’s professional staff in Boulder is the engine, director, and glue that makes it all possible. We coordinate, expand, envision, and deliver highest quality and efficient support of NITA’s mission. We direct our amazing network of […]

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NITA, LWOB Train Public Defenders in Nigeria

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In November, NITA sent two faculty, Judge Michael Washington and Geraldine Sumter, to Nigeria in support of an advocacy training program organized by Lawyers Without Borders and the Office of the Public Defender of Lagos State. We’d like to share the opening remarks to this successful program that Olubukola Salami, the director of the Office […]

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Welcome NITA’s NextGen Class of 2017

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NITA is thrilled to announce NITA’s Class of 2017 Next Generation (NextGen) faculty: Solomon Chang, of the San Diego Office of the Primary Public Defender; Allison Rocker, of the Denver District Attorney’s Office and the Rose Andom Center; and Moe Spencer of the Spencer Palace Law Office. Our congratulations go out to Solomon, Allison, and […]

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Asked and Answered—Wendy McCormack

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What a joy it is to work with someone who says “yes”— yes to solving an old problem in a new way, yes to transforming a challenge into an advantage, yes to bringing elements of play to the workplace. It’s perhaps the most marked characteristic of Wendy McCormack, NITA’s Associate Executive Director of Operations at […]

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Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure

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The latest edition of NITA’s pocket-size book, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, incorporates the amendments that went into effect December 1, 2016, including the changes to Rules 4 (Arrest Warrant or Summons on a Complaint), 41 (Search and Seizure), and 45 (Computing and Extending Time). Stay up-to-date with this easily portable reference (also available in eBook) that […]

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NITA’s team of practicing lawyers, professors and judges from around the nation dedicates its efforts to the training and development of skilled and ethical legal advocates to improve the adversarial justice system. NITA's Goals are to:
  • Promote justice through effective and ethical advocacy.
  • Train and mentor lawyers to be competent and ethical advocates in pursuit of justice.
  • Develop and teach trial advocacy skills to support and promote the effective and fair administration of justice.
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