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Remembering Donald H. Green, NITA Teacher extraordinaire

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Green-DonaldThe NITA community is saddened as we continue to absorb the sudden passing of Donald H. Green on Saturday, April 4, 2015.  Don was a NITA Program Director for many years and co-founded the NITA Deposition Program in DC.  Along his strong leadership in the Deposition Skills Program and the Expert Witness Program, Don served expertly on the faculty of the Trial Skills Program and in the Advanced Trial Skills Programs in D.C.  Don was a firm partner for over 20 years after he served 30 years of service in the Marine Corps and retired as litigation of-counsel in the D.C. office of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

Don’s expertise and dedication to teaching will be greatly missed.  We are honored to celebrate and reflect on his life, career and friendship.  An outpouring of remembrances were shared from his NITA faculty team who cared for him so dearly.

“I had the pleasure of teaching with Don at NITA for several years.  Don as always a consummate gentleman, old school and very talented.  When I hear news like this, all I can think of is how much knowledge we have lost as a community, and how fortunate we were and are to be able to say that we learned just a little bit from him.”

-Thomas J. Powell, The Law Offices of Thomas J. Powell

“I speak for hundreds of lawyers when I say that I would not be the lawyer I am today without the mentoring and example of Don Green.   He set a high standard for all of us in the teaching of advocacy.  His gentle, but highly effective, mastery of the NITA method of feedback and teaching was truly exemplary. 

He will be missed, but I think that the best way to remember him is to maintain and build on the excellence that he brought to teaching.”

-Peregrine D. Russell-Hunter, Defense Office of Hearings & Appeals

“In addition to being a wonderful attorney and teacher, he was the consummate, classy gentleman. Whenever he observed and critiqued a group I was working with, I learned at least as much from him as did the students.  It was a pleasure to work with him these past years. He was a true professional.”

-Rosalind T. Kaplan, Jarve Kaplan Granato LLC

“There is a cadre of Don Green fans where I work. The world is diminished by his passing. He will never be forgotten.”

-Philip J. Katauskas, Defense Office of Hearings & Appeals

“Dan was a wonderful and generous teacher. He was a great mentor to many younger lawyers. He was a great lawyer of the highest integrity, but most of all, he was a great man. He will be sorely missed.”

-Daniel E. Toomey, Duane Morris 

“He was a whole person, a rarity. How powerful he was in these traits: authenticity, self-awareness, and comfort in his own skin.  He knew that true happiness results not from receiving but from giving, and he gave all the time — to colleagues, to the family he was so humbly devoted to, to the next generation and through NITA, the generations after that.”

-Lawrence Jay Center, Georgetown University Law School

Don’s family wrote a beautiful piece celebrating his productive and interesting life.  To view this In Memoriam, please click here.  A short obituary was also published about Green in the Washington Post, to read click here.

To honor Don’s memory, The NITA Foundation invites you to make a gift in his honor.  If you wish to make a donation in his name please click here and note Don’s name in the comment section.  To establish a larger Memorial Fund, please call 303.953.6845 with interest.

Don will be inurned at Arlington National Cemetery beside his wife on a hill overlooking the Potomac River.  We will share details of the date and details of his Memorial service once they are set.

Don is missed by all in the NITA community.

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