The Legal Advocate

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An Overview of the 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

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written by NITA guest bloggers Tereza Horáková and Michael J. Dale I cannot believe that many members of the bar went to law school because of a burning desire to spend their professional life wearing down opponents with creatively burdensome discovery requests or evading legitimate requests through dilatory tactics. This quote comes from the 2015 […]

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Asked and Answered: W. Barefoot Bankhead

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When I hung up the phone after talking to Barefoot Bankhead, one of our longtime Trustees, a few weeks ago, I thought, “Wow. He might be the nicest guy I’ve never met.” I asked Wendy McCormack, our Associate Executive Director, Operations, whether he was as nice in person as he seemed, and she replied, “YES. […]

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Fulbright v. Americraft Industries and Parker, Fourth Edition

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In NITA’s latest edition of Fulbright v. Americraft Industries and Parker, a high-school football star, John Fulbright, is thrown from his motorcycle and severely injured when it collides with a Cadillac that just pulled out of a parking lot. Most of the witnesses say Fulbright was speeding and not wearing a helmet, but a 14-year-old boy […]

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June 2016 Executive Director’s Letter

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“Everybody has the power for greatness, because greatness is determined by service.” –MLK Leading NITA these past three and a half years, is a privilege of a lifetime. Why? Why leave a fine-tuned 30-year career for parts unknown? Why leave a rich professional and personal life in DC, friends, law partners, farm and urban condo, […]

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NITA Movie Review: Give ‘Em the Old Razzle Dazzle

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Written by guest blogger Judge McGahey Since the Tonys were just recently awarded, I decided that this month I would review an Oscar-winning musical comedy about the law and lawyers, based on a not-very-well-received Broadway musical. Chicago won the Oscar for Best Picture in 2002 and on screen it’s a singing and dancing extravaganza. But […]

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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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