The Legal Advocate

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Catholic Legal Immigrant Network, Inc. – NITA Public Service Program

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Back in 2017, NITA teamed up with the Catholic Legal Immigrant Network, Inc. (CLINIC) for two public service programs – one in Boulder, CO and one in Chicago, IL. This year, NITA and CLINIC have teamed up once again – this time for a program in Boulder, CO and in Baltimore, MD. The Boulder program […]

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From the Director’s Desk: July 2018

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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: Traditionalists—born before 1946 Baby Boomers—born between […]

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Monthly Theme: Opening Statements Part Three

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Distilling Effective Rhetoric for Persuasive Opening Statements Written by NITA guest blogger Sara Jacobson1 Opening statement is the first time a lawyer gets to lay their case out to the jury. It is the first impression you make, and the first impression the jury takes about your case. You want the jury to believe you, […]

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Monthly Theme: Opening Statements Part Two

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Objections in Openings Written by NITA guest blogger Sara Jacobson1 The purpose of opening statements is to lay out your theory of the case and to preview what you believe the evidence will be, but rules still apply.2 While not codified in the formal Federal Rules of Evidence, there are limits to what lawyers can do […]

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Monthly Theme: Opening Statements Part One

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Opening Statements: How to Tell a Persuasive Story Written by NITA guest blogger and Program Director Michael Johnson “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” “The magician’s underwear has just been found in a cardboard suitcase  floating in a stagnant pond on the outskirts of Miami.” “First the Colors. Then […]

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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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