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Trial Advocacy Basics, Second Edition

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Trial Advocacy Basics  is a courtroom primer that helps both the novice advocate prepare for his first day in court and the practicing lawyer bring her skills in line with the most recent developments in trial advocacy. The second edition provides the modern perspectives on both the style and substance of case analysis, case theory, cross-examination, […]

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State v. Bloodworth

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In Joseph E. Taylor and Aleshandra Griffith-Reed’s second edition, State v. Bloodworth, a frantic 911 call about an unconscious intruder brought police to Gene Bloodworth’s home, but was that the real story? Readers will investigate and find that Kenneth Fletcher was found unconscious on the floor of Bloodworth’s condo but Bloodworth claims that Fletcher broke into his […]

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November 2016 Executive Director’s Letter: What Can A Lawyer Do For Democracy – when you want to be non-political?

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This is not about the 2016 presidential election, which is an act now done. It is about the question, “What do we do now?” We who are lawyers must use our knowledge and our experience about the U.S. Democracy to educate entire communities. Seems hopeless. But remember the Chautauqua movement? Like that, a movement is […]

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Gary S. Gildin named dean of Dickinson Law

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NITA would like to congratulate Gary S. Gildin on the appointment as dean of Dickinson Law by the Penn State’s Board of Trustees. Gildin is not only a professor of law, but he is also an author to multiple NITA publications including Stucky v. Conlee and Trial Advocacy Basics, Second Edition. Gildin has also taught at NITA’s ACLU […]

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NITA Movie Review: MILITARY JUSTICE, AGAIN

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Written by guest blogger Judge McGahey With November and the Veteran’s Day holiday upon us again, I thought I’d go back to movies about military justice for this month’s review. As always when I write on this topic, I confess to having never been in the military, so my knowledge of the process is limited[1]. […]

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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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