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Florida Legal Services Attorneys Attend Teacher Training Program

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Florida Legal Services Attorneys Attend Teacher Training Program
Now Equipped to Provide Training to Others

Tampa, FL: On April 16-17 the National Institute for Trial Advocacy conducted a Public Service Teacher Training program for Florida legal services attorneys.  The intensive, workshop-based program, funded by a donation by the American College of Trial Lawyers Foundation, uses NITA’s learning-by-doing method to equip legal services lawyers with the tools to turn around and teach trial skills to the attorneys in their offices.  Twenty public service attorneys went through the program and many are already seeing the benefits of the training.  “Since the event I’ve heard positive reports from participants and from several project directors who sent staff to the training,” said Kathy Grunewald, Statewide Training Director for Florida Legal Services, Inc.

A major issue facing public interest lawyers is high caliber training.  Despite the fact that these lawyers appear in court on a regular basis, finding the time and money for this type of training is very difficult.  “The skills taught in this type of teacher training are generic,” explained Michael Dale, Professor of Law at the Shepard Board Law Center-Nova Southeastern and frequent NITA faculty member.  “That, along with having local instructors, allows participants to apply these skills to trying cases in landlord-tenant matters, domestic relations, consumer law, abuse and neglect matters, just to name a few.”

The goal of the program was to provide experienced lawyers in the Florida legal services community with the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective teachers of advocacy skills.  These experienced attorneys are now equipped to further develop the trial skills of Florida’s public service attorneys and can do so by conducting their own “NITA style” training sessions and mentoring the less experienced attorneys in their offices.

NITA is the world’s leader in advocacy skills training and publications.  A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Boulder, Colorado, NITA’s mission is to train and mentor lawyers to be competent and ethical advocates in the pursuit of justice.

Founded in 2003, the NITA Foundation has awarded more than $2.4 million in funds for the NITA scholarship program and in support for public service programming. For more information please visit,

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