The Legal Advocate

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Introducing NITA’s 2018 Next Generation Faculty Members

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Congratulations to Annie Deets, Johanna Schonfield, and Nicholas Williams on their acceptance into NITA’s Next Generation Faculty Development Program. About the Program The Next Generation Faculty Development (NextGen) Program was established to help identify, recruit, and prepare attorneys to be the next generation of NITA faculty leaders and program directors. Each year we ask all […]

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From the Director’s Desk: February 2018

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I have a thirteen-year-old. Let me just repeat that for impact: I have a thirteen-year-old! Whether you have kids or not, we were all teenagers at some point. It’s an awkward time. Cole is a teenage boy in eighth grade and doesn’t know a life without a screen. Some call them iGen or Screenagers. I […]

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Service of Process Outside the United States Updated: Water Splash and its Progeny

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written by NITA guest blogger Tereza Horáková On May 22, 2017, one year after publication of our blog post[1] on how to serve process outside the United States, the United States Supreme Court resolved a conflict among the lower courts concerning an important practical service question: Does the Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial […]

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New York Considers Overhaul to State Criminal Code

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During his State of the State address last month, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo put forward a five-prong measure that would reform the state’s criminal justice system. With the goals of “removing critical barriers, reaffirming our beliefs in fairness, opportunity, and dignity, and continue our historic progress toward a more equal society for all,” […]

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Asked and Answered—Tessa L. Dysart

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One could say “be careful what you wish for” has meaning for author Tessa L. Dysart. Three years ago, she emailed our Publications Department to ask whether a third edition of Winning on Appeal, one of her favorite texts for teaching, was in the works at NITA—and before she knew it, the old manuscript was […]

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