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NITA Joins 1500+ lawyers in Monterey, CA

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The State Bar of California’s Annual Meeting remains one of the events NITA has a presence at each year.  Being involved at the meeting, this year as an exhibitor, last year exhibiting and conducting a focus group, provides an audience of 1500+ attorneys from up and down the Golden Coast.  Having 12 public programs in California each year gives the attorneys in attendance ample opportunity to learn about NITA at the conference, and then attend a program in the coming year.

This year marked the 85th anniversary of the event which again took place in Monterey.  Hosting the event every other year, Monterey has a tradition of attracting a higher volume of attendees than other venues.  Whether networking or CLE was a top priority, the event offered attendees (and vendors) plenty of both.  There were networking opportunities at every break and at seemingly every meal.  The opening night reception proved to be the busiest and best attended event of the weekend.

The four days of CLE programming were highlighted by big name speakers from within, and outside of, the legal field.  Jeffrey Toobin, CNN Senior Analyst and a best-selling author, started things off with an opening session looking at the influence of the Supreme Court and how the upcoming elections will impact the court.  Perhaps the best attended session was led by John W. Dean III, who was the White House counsel to President Nixon and a top lawyer during the Watergate scandal.

Plenty of CLE was available, and to combat all the sitting in sessions the conference offered a Fun Run/Walk and a number of Zumba classes.

Those who visited the NITA booth were excited to learn about the new e-book offerings, in addition to getting information on the 2013 programs in California.  Many stopped by after playing a few holes of Tiger Woods Golf on Xbox in a neighboring booth.  Special thanks go out to numerous program participants and NITA faculty members that stopped by.  It’s always great to hear from you and hopefully we’ll see you at next year’s event.

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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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