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In Memory Of William L. Keating

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Bill KeatingColorado and NITA lost a great trial lawyer, teacher, and friend on January 1, 2015, with the passing of William L. Keating. Bill had that great combination of trial skills, humor, and humanity that made him both dangerous in the courtroom and a joy in the classroom. His skills as story teller brought his cases to life and his willingness to share mastering that process made him popular and respected as an advocacy teacher.

Keating was raised in Chicago, and earned a BA from the University of Michigan. Following his graduation, he and his wife, Mary, moved to Colorado so he could play for the Denver Broncos. After his playing days, he attended the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, earning his JD in 1971. Following graduation, he was a judicial clerk in the 10th Circuit for Honorable Robert McWilliams. He was a founding partner of Keating Wagner Polidori Free. For over forty years he dedicated his professional life to helping those in need. Keating was a past president of the Colorado Trial Lawyers and a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Association of Barristers, and the American Board of Trial Advocates. In 2002 he was honored by the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association with its Kenneth Norman Kripke Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2012, he received the Thompson G. Marsh Award from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. The Marsh Award was presented for outstanding accomplishment throughout Keating’s career.

As trial lawyer, teacher, and mentor Bill Keating will be missed by his friends in the NITA family.

About Mark S. Caldwell

Mark S. Caldwell is NITA's Director for Specialty Programs. In this role Mr. Caldwell designs, administers and serves as an instructor for programs in bankruptcy litigation, child advocacy, and tax litigation. Other programs included under the Specialty Programs banner include NITA's work with other organizations for co-sponsored programs and many of NITA's pro bono courses. His role in NITA's pro bono efforts includes serving as Program Director for many of NITA's courses for lawyers and advocates who represent under-served communities, including Native American lay advocates, legal services lawyers, lawyers and advocates who represent those living with disabilities and the elderly, lawyers and advocates who appear in cases involving children, and lawyers who work in public service positions. In addition to his involvement in these courses, Mr. Caldwell also serves as NITA's Program Director for the Basic Trial Skills and Deposition Programs in Colorado. He is also an instructor at many of NITA's Teacher Training Programs.

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