The Legal Advocate

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NITA Movie Review: LIGHTS! CAMERA! DIVORCE?

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Written by guest blogger Judge McGahey Because February is Oscar month and because I’m back in a domestic courtroom, this month’s review will spotlight three Oscar-winning films that feature family court- type situations. (It does not include Kramer v. Kramer.  I still have to decide if I want to review that one.) We’ll start with The […]

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February 2015 Executive Director’s Letter: Watch Us in 2015!

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I emerge from the annual meeting of NITA’s Program Directors to write to you. What a show! You see, NITA’s founders emerged from that first meeting over 40 years ago and started being program directors. They created the special ways that NITA teaches skills. They developed it over years of programs, working together to constantly […]

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Professor’s Notes: Potential Jury Biases in Civil Litigation

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written by guest blogger Neil Vidmar, Ph.D. (social psychology) , Russell M. Robinson II Professor of Law, Duke Law School and Professor of Psychology, Duke University The fact that prospective jurors may hold biases against the plaintiff or defendant, or both, is of no surprise to experienced trial lawyers. However, one problem is to recognize […]

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NITA Movie Review: Parents and Children

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Written by guest blogger Judge McGahey I’ve recently rotated back into a domestic relations division for the first time in years. I’m getting reacquainted with an area of law that I haven’t had to deal with in some time, which includes everything from refreshing my memory of the law to learning what the current jargon […]

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January 2015 Executive Director’s Letter. Fulfilling Their Expectations:  Our Memories, Broader Than Sorrow

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The best of what we learn about teaching and justice, of how we work intensely together to learn, of how we seek to instill the true advocacy that redeems justice . . . these things we carry forward from those who went first. They donated the foundation of our teaching, and the spirit and brilliance […]

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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 Goal is 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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