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August 2016 Executive Director’s Letter: Counsel will take notice…Trial Bar’s Next Gen

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“The Court . . . will particularly welcome . . .” —Grooming the Trial Bar’s NextGen U.S. District Judge William Alsup issued this simple notice in Oracle America, Inc. v. Google, Inc., Dkt C 10-03561 N.D. Cal. (Nov. 6, 2015).   Judge Alsup’s Notice speaks volumes in pointed terms: The first sentence addresses the need. […]

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Arizona Center for Law and Society: Opening Fall 2016

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This fall, Arizona will open their new law school, Arizona Center for Law and Society, just steps away from the legal, political, and economic heart of Arizona. NITA will be holding our Deposition Skills: Arizona program here in November. We are very excited to see what this new law school has to offer. To read […]

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Effective Deposition Defense Rules, Third Edition

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Authors David M. Malone and Ryan Malone address common questions and problems associated with the defense of depositions in this third edition of Effective Deposition Defense Rules. This rules book is intended to provide a quick and ready practical reference to issues and answers for busy trial lawyers. It presents accessible, practical, and common-sense ways to deal […]

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Breaking: Federal Court Overturns Dassey Conviction

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The Associated Press is reporting this afternoon that a federal court in Wisconsin has overturned the conviction of Brendan Dassey, the young man accused of helping his uncle, Steven Avery, murder a woman over ten years ago. Avery was the subject of Making a Murderer, a high-profile Netflix documentary series released in late 2015. Earlier […]

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NITA’s Imprint on Midlevel and Newer Practitioners: The Only Thing Better than the Experience Is the People

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written by NITA guest blogger, Jayme M. Cassidy True talent is understanding that dedication towards improvement of advocacy skills is necessary at every stage of our career. The NITA Program encompasses talent ranging from the most seasoned faculty member to the neophyte law firm associate. Also, in the mix, you encounter the driven, focused, equidistant […]

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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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