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June 2015 Executive Director’s Letter: NITA Spreads Its Wings to Kansas City and Builds Out in Dallas

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Lockwood_KarenWe are proud to introduce in 2015 two brand new programs.

The Inaugural program, Depositions – Kansas City, is kicking off on August 13-15, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri.   Our new Program Directors there are Charles E. Atwell, J. (retired) and Hon. William Ossman.  Look for more information on this program here.

Then in November, you will find Persuasive Power in the Courtroom offered in Dallas. The Program Director is David Mann, and you can sign up now to attend on September 10-11, 2015. Look for more information on this program here.

You have been to a NITA advocacy skills program, right? If your answer is “yes,” you know the following truths:

  • NITA grooms your trial and deposition skills in its renowned “public programs.”
  • Nothing matches learning the NITA way.
  • “Being there” has no substitute. In person, you learn and practice advocacy skills that fit well on you – they become a part of you.
  • Any lawyer, at any age, in any type of practice, can select the city where NITA operates one of its regional public programs.

If your answer is “no,” then you must look forward to the experience of your career: development of your advocacy skills with NITA.

  • Public programs appeal to a wide range of lawyers, offer open registration to any lawyer, and thus have several hallmark advantages:
  • You will learn with lawyers you have never met before
  • You may be able to learn with lawyers who have been – or will be – your adversaries in the courtroom. Your professional collegiality will benefit.
  • You will study with faculty whom you do not know – and therefore will have complete freedom to stretch past your courage, to experiment in ways you would not on a client matter, and thus to deepen your mastery as an advocate.

Now we are in Kansas City. Come learn with us there!

By adding Persuasive Advocacy communication skills to our Dallas line-up, you can now earn your entire NITA Advocate Designation there!

Spread the word: new this year – Kansas City Depo. Dallas Persuasive Advocacy. NITA.




Karen M. Lockwood, Esq.
President and Executive Director
National Institute for Trial Advocacy

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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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