The Legal Advocate

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Asked and Answered—Rebecca Diaz-Bonilla

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Gal Gadot is a terrific actress, but if you ask me, the real-life Wonder Woman is someone right here at NITA: our own Rebecca Diaz-Bonilla. After all, what else would you call someone who runs her own international consulting firm, writes books (two in four years, with a third in progress), and teaches at NITA […]

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Legal Service Corporation/NITA Public Service Program

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This year, NITA’s National Program for Legal Service Attorneys was hosted in Boulder at our headquarters and successfully trained a core group of 32 legal service attorneys from across the nation in trial skills. This program, which took place August 29 – September 1, was led by NITA Program Director Jude Bourque of the Louisiana […]

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Monthly Theme: Bias Part 2

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This month’s theme on The Legal Advocate is Bias In The Courtroom. This is our second article on the subject. Part 1 was written by Karen Hester titled a A Trial Lawyer’s Guide to Minimizing Bias. Interrupting Implicit and Explicit Bias written by NITA guest Blogger Karen Steinhauser via a FB post written by Karen I […]

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Esperanza Immigration Rights Project/NITA Public Service Program

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For the first time, NITA and Esperanza Immigration Rights Project joined together to offer a public service program for legal service attorneys in Los Angeles. This trial skills program was held August 7-9 in Santa Monica, CA for 19 attorneys. Program Director, Whitney Untiedt, who has taught at over 50 NITA programs since 2008, brought […]

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Can I Appeal my Inter Partes Review? The Federal Circuit Clarifies Article III Standing for Petitioners

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Written by NITA guest bloggers Kerry S. Taylor, Ph.D., and Nathanael R. Luman, Ph.D., at the firm Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP The America Invents Act (“AIA”) introduced inter partes review (“IPR”) as a new trial proceeding in 2012 for challenging the novelty or obviousness of a patent at the U.S. Patent Office.  Since […]

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