The Legal Advocate

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Thank You to the U.S. Department of State International Visitors

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NITA was pleased to welcome seven esteemed guests from seven different countries who are part of the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), consisting of international advocates devoted to protecting women and children. The group arrived at NITA’s headquarters in Boulder, CO on Wednesday, August 8th to meet with NITA Executive Director, […]

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From the Director’s Desk: August 2018

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A year ago, I took the month of August off of work: a month of no emails and barely a phone. During that month, I spent a week road-tripping out west with my teenage son Cole, went solo hiking in Switzerland, celebrated my great-aunt’s 90th birthday in Canada, and enjoyed some solitude in the mountains. […]

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Monthly Theme: Opening Statements Part Six

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Opening Statements – The Opportunity to Tell Your Client’s Side of the Story: A 12-Step Guide (Part Two of Two) Written by NITA guest blogger William Webb Last week, we talked about the first six building blocks of opening statement.  This week, we will close out with the final six.  I want to start off […]

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A Thank You to Karen Steinhauser

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NITA would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to Karen Steinhauser who finished up her third and final year as a co-program director for NITA’s National Session. Back in 2004, Steinhauser served as an Assistant Team Leader at the National Session and then in 2016, she began her first year as co-program director. Over […]

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Monthly Theme: Opening Statements Part Five

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Opening Statements – The Opportunity to Tell Your Client’s Side of the Story: A 12-Step Guide (Part One of Two) Written by NITA guest blogger William Webb When we stand up to provide an opening statement, we want to tell the jury our version of our client’s story.  But, how do we tell a story? […]

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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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