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NITA Extends Sincere Thanks to Public Service Partners

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written by Daniel McHugh, NITA’s Director of Sales and Marketing

As the year begins to wind down, we would like to take a moment to thank a group of organizations, and all the people within, for their generous contributions to NITA’s most recent public service efforts. Without generosity like this, many of these programs would not be able to run. NITA is happy to work alongside its partners to fulfill the mission of training and mentoring all lawyers to be competent and ethical advocates.

June 2013: Ohio Public Service Teacher Training
Seventeen Ohio Legal Service attorneys attended the program, sponsored by the Ohio Bar Foundation. The facility and room space were donated to the program by the Ohio Judicial Center in Columbus.

September 2013: Basic Trial Skills, Washington, D.C. 
Sixteen Legal Service attorneys from the nation’s capital attended this program co-sponsored by the Washington, D.C. Bar Foundation and the Litigation Section of the D.C. Bar. In addition to the facility and room space, Crowell & Moring LLP also donated all meals for the program.

“Crowell & Moring was pleased to be able to support NITA through providing space meals for the training program that it provided for legal services attorneys. By training legal services attorneys to be better advocates, NITA advances the goal of providing equal access to justice for all individuals regardless of income, and we are proud to be a part of that effort.”

Susan M. Hoffman
Crowell & Moring LLP

October 2013: Teacher Training and Basic Trial Skills, Chicago
Most recently, two programs were completed in the Windy City: Teacher Training (sixteen participants) and Basic Trial Skills (forty participants) for Chicago-area Legal Service attorneys. Each program was sponsored by the Chicago Bar Foundation, while Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP donated the facility, room space, meals, and logistical help during the program.

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Judge Matthew Williams, a NITA Advocacy Skills Program Director and a District Court Judge in Seattle, WA, had the rapt attention of the thirty-nine participants in the three-day Advocacy Skills Program.

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Judge Mark Drummond, who is a NITA Teacher Training Program Director and a Circuit Court Judge in the Eighth Judicial Circuit in Quincy, IL, provides closing remarks to the Teacher Training Program participants as the program comes to a close.

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Judge Matthew Williams, a NITA Advocacy Skills Program Director and a District Court Judge in Seattle, WA, makes a final point during the final session of the three-day Advocacy Skills Program.

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After two days of intensive training, fifteen Teacher Training Program participants are proud to become certified NITA Instructors (also pictured are NITA faculty and volunteers).

These programs would not be the same and, in fact, may not even be possible without these partnering organizations. It is with sincerity that we offer a special thank you from everyone here at NITA. If you would like to explore what opportunities may be available for your organization in partnering with NITA to conduct a public services program, contact Mary Commander at or 303.953.6848.

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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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