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NITA Movie Review: What Is Truth?

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Written by guest blogger Judge McGahey It’s been said that trials are part of a truth-seeking process. And certainly those of us involved in trial advocacy like to think that the process works and that the truth comes out in the end. But every one of us is well aware that sometimes juries and judges […]

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May 2016 Executive Director’s Letter: Your Pro Bono Service–and NITA’s Too

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“Justice Sonia Sotomayor Urges Mandatory Pro Bono for All Lawyers.” The headline in the National Law Journal caught my eye immediately. Yes. NITA urges all lawyers to deeply give in pro bono service, supporting the success of our justice system. Our system means less as fewer people gain access to it. We all know that: […]

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Asked and Answered: Tom Geraghty on Making a Murderer

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Unless you spent this past winter hibernating like a bear, you’ll remember Making a Murderer, the ten-part Netflix documentary that had everyone talking for months. Since 2008, the Bluhm Legal Clinic, Center on the Wrongful Convictions of Youth (CWCY) of the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law has represented Brendan Dassey, the young man whose coerced […]

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NITA Supports Lawyers Without Borders in Trial Advocacy Program in Liberia

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Earlier this year, NITA sent two trainers and crates of textbooks to the West African nation of Liberia to lend its support of an advocacy program organized by Lawyers Without Borders (LWOB). A group of attendees, comprised of prosecutors, defense lawyers, judges, and police officers, attended the five-day program, held January 11–15 in the capital […]

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Jury Trials Outside In, First Edition

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In this guide, Jury Trials Outside In, First Edition, author Dr. Melissa M. Gomez speaks to the psychology of all people involved in a case and how the psychology affects the manner in which we make decisions and communicate at trial. She explains that each person influences the way a case is presented and received by a […]

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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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