Whether you remember the Beatles’ song, or you remember John Baker’s ED Letter in November’s NITA Notes, you will know this: John has wistfully said good-bye as NITA’s Executive Director. Thank you, John, for your terrific service.
And I say hello – hello from our staff of 32, and hello from me personally to each of you.
May we impress you with a few 2012 data points about NITA?
Feel the beat as we enter 2013. We have two pillars of NITA that orient much of what we do: Learning-by-Doing, and Trial Advocacy.
Under the first pillar, we work amid a changing environment wherein law schools – and colleges – flock to their new imperative of integrated learning. This is a concept and practice that NITA’s founders invented 41 years ago. Our program clients have practiced this with us over the years. NITA has much to contribute.
Under the second pillar of Trial Advocacy, we write and teach advocacy amid a change in the balance among venues where advocacy takes place. Though that change is blamed perhaps on the recession, it is now and will remain a force in the practice of law.
What implications and opportunities flow from these dynamic environments is our key question for 2013. We have the right stakeholders to draw together in examining that question: faculty, authors, program clients, Board members and founders, who work on a long tradition of creating collaborative and inventive NITA practices. And we have the right staff – committed, imaginative, eager, skilled, poised for the charge forward.
I invite all of our stakeholders to contribute with NITA to this growth. Our mission, to advance justice by training an ever-more-ready bar of ethical and highly skilled trial advocates, will gain and excel in this changing environment. I say hello, . . . hello, hello (feel the beat).
Karen M. Lockwood