The Legal Advocate

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From the Director’s Desk: January 2018

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Welcome to 2018. As the new Executive Director, I am excited to lead NITA, and look forward to all that we can accomplish in our work together. In my twelve years with NITA I have found myself consistently inspired by our organization’s ability to transform the careers, and lives of those in the legal profession, […]

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Inland Counties Legal Services/NITA Public Service Program

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To round out public service programs in 2017, NITA and Inland Counties Legal Services joined together to offer a public service program for legal service attorneys in Riverside, California. This trial skills program was held December 13 – 15 for 27 attorneys. NITA Program Director, Kathleen Cannon worked with Inland Counties Legal Services attorney Sang […]

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Southern Poverty Law Center/NITA Public Service Program

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NITA and Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) worked together in 2017 on a public service training program, November 30 – December 1 in Montgomery, Alabama. This program was headed by Program Director Michael J. Dale. Michael, along with four other NITA faculty members, traveled to the headquarters of SPLC to work alongside SPLC’s most senior […]

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NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc./NITA Public Service Program

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This year, NITA joined forces with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) for a public service trial skills program, December 4 – 6 in New York, NY. The three-day program trained 12 attorneys and was led by Program Director Tom Swett. Tom worked with NITA Faculty Jeanne Jourdan to train the 12 […]

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Practical Criminal Procedure: A Constitutional Manual

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Practical Criminal Procedure: A Constitutional Manual by author Brent Newton is a guide for law students, criminal defense attorneys, and criminal prosecuting attorneys. This guide examines the major topics in constitutional criminal procedures and includes a reference to every significant decision of the United States Supreme Court that affects them. This text also addresses many issues […]

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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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