The Legal Advocate

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NITA Movie Review: Greedy Cousins, A Fight for Autonomy, and a Really Big Rabbit

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Written by guest blogger Judge McGahey Sometimes we forget all the areas where trial lawyers work. In Denver, where I am, our stand-alone Probate Court handle cases as varied as mental health proceedings and estate matters. This month we’ll focus on films that fall within that court’s purview. I’ve deliberately chosen to leave out movies […]

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Southern University Law Center and NITA Public Service Program

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For the second year in a row, NITA and the Southern University Law Center (SULC) joined together to offer a public service program for legal service attorneys. This deposition skills program was held May 15-17 in Baton Rouge, LA for 47 attorneys. Program Director, Stephanie Ledesma, who taught at the program last year, brought her […]

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Reflections on the Cosby Hung Jury

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by guest blogger Melissa M. Gomez What causes a hung jury? In criminal cases, everyone on the panel has to agree for a verdict to be reached. When there is disagreement, jurors need to discuss and debate their different perspectives. While diverse perspectives typically make for more thorough discussion and review of the evidence, they […]

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Point Well Made Indeed

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We knew last fall when NITA faculty Nancy Vaidik and Rebecca Diaz-Bonilla submitted their manuscript for Point Well Made: Oral Advocacy in Motion Practice we had something special on our hands that would fill a knowledge gap in the world of trial advocacy—namely, how to prepare for and optimize your time before the bench in […]

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Some Thoughts About Courtroom Technology

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Written by guest blogger Judge McGahey I’ve been invited to share some thoughts about the use of courtroom technology. Let me start with a caveat: I didn’t use much of what is now considered “courtroom technology” when I was in practice, primarily because much of it didn’t exist. But I’ve watched a lot of trials […]

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  • 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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