The team at NITA is thrilled to announce the return of our National Program for Legal Services Corporation affiliated attorneys. The program is offered tuition free to lawyers working for grantee organizations affiliated with the Legal Services Corporation. This year’s course is being offered Tuesday, August 11 through Friday, August 14, 2015, at NITA’s Education Center in Boulder, Colorado. Future programs will be offered each years in other locations around the United States.
Faculty for the program are among NITA’s finest instructors, including a number of NITA Award winners and members of NITA’s Next Generation instructor team. All have extensive practice and teaching experience. Most have work experience with public service organizations. The team includes practicing lawyers, trial judges, and law teachers.
Participants are selected through a nomination process by each grantee organization’s Director. Organizations have a limit of two nominations. The program has forty-eight (48) slots available for participants.
NITA’s teaching format has been acclaimed as the most effective means of training advocates. This program follows NITA’s famous learning-by-doing format. The National Program for Public Service will make use of several awarding winning techniques newly developed by NITA. Each day every participant will have several opportunities to perform in a simulated trial setting. Following each performance, program instructors will offer suggestions on how the participant could be more effective. Many performances will be recorded. Participants will review these videos in a one-on-one setting with a member of the faculty. They will also spend time getting individualized coaching.
Our program focuses upon those trial skills necessary for effective representation of clients in federal and state courts. Included will be workshops on witness examination, use of exhibits, dealing with witness problems, opening statements, and closing arguments. Case analysis, story telling, and issues of professionalism and ethics will also play a central role in the training.
Materials for the 2015 program are designed for use in training public service attorneys. The facts of the case file are a landlord/tenant issue, common to many legal service providers.
NITA’s continuing emphasis on public service comes directly through our Board of Trustees. In addition to an on-going resolution to offer public service programs, the Board has recently allocated additional funds to support programs developed specifically for lawyers who represent clients from under served communities. These include legal services lawyers, lawyers who represent the interests of children, lawyers and lay advocates who appear in tribal court, and those who work on death penalty cases. NITA’s goal is to develop a closer synergy with the Legal Services Corporation to expand the scope and number of programs for public service providers.