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Monthly Archives: April 2015

International Society of Barristers Acknowledgement Video

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Our appreciation for the $10,000 donation from the International Society of Barristers (ISOB) in 2014 was shared in our last newsletter. This donation supported defined scholarships to NITA trial skills programs, called the International Society of Barristers Craig Spangenberg/John Liber Scholarships.

We are thrilled to share our donor acknowledgement video to exhibit the valued friendship and partnership between the NITA Foundation and the International Society of Barristers. 

Establishment of Bill Keating Memorial Scholarship

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At the end of February, the establishment of the Bill Keating Memorial Scholarship was announced after his passing in January. Keating was a distinguished Denver attorney and cherished NITA faculty member. The outpouring of support in Bill’s honor has been remarkable.

To date, combined contributions to the Memorial are upwards of $28,000. We would like to thank members of Keating Wagner Polidori Free for contributing; especially NITA faculty member and firm partner Christina Habas for facilitating the intent and creation of the Memorial. “Bill was one of those people that you say is larger than life,” said Habas, a former Denver district judge.

Deep appreciation is extended to all the donors of the Memorial. We are humbled by the generosity and fund leadership of Bennett Aisenberg, Esq. of Denver at $10,000, Burg Simpson, a Denver-based firm at $5,000 and an anonymous out of state donor at $5,000.

Peter Burg of Burg Simpson said, “He had such wit and humor, but was a tough guy. He would not let you get away with anything. Bill was very skilled and it is such a loss in the community.”

Bennett (Ben) Aisenberg’s close friendship with Keating dates back to 1970. Aisenberg is responsible for introducing Keating to NITA. For this as well we are endlessly grateful. “I thought the world of Bill. I admired him as much as anyone I have ever known,” Ben reminisces about his friend.

Aisenberg, the past President of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, President of the Denver Bar Association, and President of the Colorado Bar Association, had the privilege of presenting Keating with a Lifetime Achievement Award. “Bill was such a down to earth, regular guy who was just too young to go. The respect he held in the community is indescribable,” said Ben. His hope in being a major donor is to inspire other large donors to this Memorial. In that way, he and the fund’s donors hope to carry on Bill’s legacy by enabling qualified attorneys to receive a scholarship to a NITA Deposition program.

If you missed the announcement honoring this amazing man, mentor and attorney please visit our email announcement here. Details about donating to The Bill Keating Memorial Scholarship are included there.

Jo Ann Harris Memorial on April 21 in New York

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The family of JoAnn has asked NITA to share the below details about an upcoming memorial service for Harris that will take place later this month.

Dear Friends of Jo Ann,

The loving family of Jo Ann Harris invites you to join us in celebrating her inspiring life and public service on April 21st, 2015 at 7:00 pm at Riverside Memorial Chapel.

The chapel is located at 180 West 76th St., New York, NY 10023 on the corner of Amsterdam and 76th. Our hearts, and her heart, would be deeply warmed if you could join us.

In December of 2014 The NITA Foundation was proud to establish the Jo Ann Harris Public Service Memorial to inspire donations to the NITA Public Service Fund after the passing of Harris in October. We are happy to report that $9,400 has been contributed into the Jo Ann Harris Public Service Memorial Fund. NITA encourages additional donations to support our public interest vision by helping to initiate programs for attorney populations who will measurably benefit in representing their public interest clients. To read more about JoAnn Harris and the establishment of the Memorial, please visit our previous articles by clicking here.

NITA and the NITA Foundation thank everyone for the gifts and memories in Jo Ann’s honor both when she was with us reminding us weekly of the public service obligations of NITA, and especially since her untimely passing. She is sorely missed by all in the NITA community.

2014 Donation Report

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The NITA Foundation is proud to report a total of $144,935 raised in donations in 2014! Nearly eighty percent went to support our annual scholarship program. The outcome of this support was 107 public service and need-based attorneys were able to attend our NITA public programs because of your donations through our annual scholarship program.

Fifteen percent contributed to the growth of our public service program fund and to defined public service programs which took place throughout the year. We were able to train 587 attendees in our public service and international programs through 23 programs last year. A small portion was designated by donors to the Travel and Accommodation Fund and the Rule of Law Fund.

Our gratitude is extended to our NITA community of board members, faculty, authors, and employees, paired with outside Foundations and supporters that made this a reality. We are excited for the future and the potential of The NITA Foundations coming work. Our upcoming Annual Report will bring you details of the Foundation’s highlights, accomplishments and more from 2014.

We would like to draw attention to the $14,375 in donations given in tribute or in honor of someone. Our continued goal is to work towards donor ease paired with appropriate means to honor the memory of NITA faculty and friends that have passed. Our thoughts of sympathy are extended along with our appreciation of these donations.

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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