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NITA Case File: Taylor v. Pinnacle Packaging Products, 3rd Edition

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By  Andrew P. Rodovich & Thomas (Jay) Leach In the Third Edition of Taylor v. Pinnacle Packaging Products, Inc., the plaintiff, Jamie Taylor, was hired by the defendant, Pinnacle Packaging Products, Inc., to work in the company warehouse. During her employment, the plaintiff claims she was sexually harassed by the warehouse manager, John Hamilton. Taylor was […]

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August 2015 Executive Director’s Letter: Women Trial Lawyers – Brilliance Is Shining

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Because we are NITA, and because we enroll nearly comparable numbers of men and women across our live programs for trial skills and depositions, we know several things: Lawyers who learn, practice, and perform at trial excel in advocacy without distinction among gender. Lawyers care about using the best advocates, paying attention to the diversity […]

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NITA Movie Review: DIVORCE WITH TEA AND CRUMPETS

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Written by guest blogger Judge McGahey As I’ve stated on numerous occasions, I’m an Anglophile of huge proportions. For this month’s movies, I’ve picked three British films that have divorce as a driving element of the plot. We’ll start with 1932’s A Bill of Divorcement[1]. This is the second movie based on a British play […]

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NITA Publication: Federal Rules of Evidence with Objections, 12th Edition

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By Anthony J. Bocchino & David A. Sonenshein Federal Rules of Evidence with Objections, Twelfth Edition contains the complete text of the Federal Rules of Evidence as amended to December 1, 2014. This useful guide is organized for quick reference, with an alphabetical section of major objections, and includes practical tips and legal interpretations for […]

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Meet NITA’s Upcoming Program Directors

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Building Trial Skills: Indianapolis October 4, 2015 thru October 9, 2015 Indiana University School of Law Nancy Vaidik Indiana Court of Appeals Program Director Nancy H. Vaidik was appointed to the Indiana Court of Appeals by Governor Frank O’Bannon on January 19, 2000. Prior to her elevation to the appellate court, Judge Vaidik served for […]

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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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