The Legal Advocate

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Peters v. Denver

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Peters v. Denver, written by Professor Thomas Jay Leach and Professor Cary Bricker, both of Pacific McGeorge Law School,  is  a civil action charging legal malpractice on the part of attorney D.C. Denver. Paul Peters was tried and convicted on charges of aggravated battery and attempted murder. Along with his co-defendant, Carl Chastis, Peters was […]

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September 2016 Executive Director’s Letter: Turning the Focus Inside

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Quite A Year . . . A September Snapshot Reading back through my monthly letters to you this year, I note how actively they engage you and our world around us. They represent NITA’s leadership across the country. Today I turn the lens around to talk a bit about the home front. More than 1600 […]

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Modern Trial Advocacy: Law School Edition, Fourth Edition

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In Steven Lubet and J.C. Lore’s fourth edition of Modern Trial Advocacy: Law School Edition, the authors present a realistic and contemporary approach to learning and developing trial advocacy skills. In representing the law student, the book contains a chapter on “Trial Basics” which discusses what happens in a trial and the role the advocate plays. […]

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NITA Movie Review: He’s So Full of Twists. He Starts to Describe a Donut And It Comes Out a Pretzel.

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Written by guest blogger Judge McGahey Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau made ten movies together, most memorably The Odd Couple in 1968. Both of them were Oscar Winners and they were also good friends in real life. But their on-screen partnership began with the movie I picked for this month’s review: The Fortune Cookie (United […]

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Demonstrative Evidence and Demonstrative Aids: Is There Really a Distinction?

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written by NITA guest bloggers Anastasia Pallagrosi and Michael J. Dale Many lawyers and law students are familiar with Nita Liquor Commission v. Cut Rate Liquor and Jones, one of the most famous National Institute of Trial Advocacy fact patterns. In Nita Liquor Commission, the owner of a liquor store is charged with a civil […]

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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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