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Remembering JoAnn Harris

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New Memorial Fundraising Established

It was with deep sadness that we wrote in October about JoAnn Harris passing.  She was one of our greats, one of our champions, one who served as a conscience for public service.  We are proud to establish the JoAnn Harris Public Service Memorial, to inspire donations to the NITA Public Service Fund, which JoAnn so passionately helped to start and steadfastly supported.

As the NITA community continually reflects on her contributions to NITA, today we celebrate JoAnn Harris, and all that she meant to justice.  The Public Service Fund is critical to NITA’s ability to reach lawyers who serve the underrepresented.  By strengthening the trial skills of public service lawyers in NITA’s dedicated public service programs, your donation supports justice and honors JoAnn by continuing her legacy to NITA.

JoAnn was one of the greatest supporters of NITA’s public service efforts.  She focused not only on tribal justice systems, but also on training lawyers to deal with domestic violence and immigration issues.  JoAnn’s thoughtful and committed performance as a proponent of the work of the NITA Foundation guided NITA for years.  She helped drive its mission, and instilled the confidence and support needed to succeed.

With her long-time role as Board Trustee, JoAnn’s influence on NITA is everlasting.  She gracefully, and unstintingly, kept our public service mission in our headlights.  With her teaching, she guided each of us to be better advocates and better people.

To honor JoAnn’s memory, the NITA Foundation invites you to make a gift in her honor under the name of the JoAnn Harris Public Service Memorial.

Please click here to make your gift by selecting Public Service Program Fund and indicate your gift is in memory of JoAnn Harris in the comment section.

Thank you for your continuing support to NITA, the NITA Foundation, and our mission.

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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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