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Monthly Archives: October 2015

2015 studio71 Webcasts and Library Statistics

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As we continue providing viewers with informative webcasts and showcasing our faculty through studio71, NITA has reached out to many more people in 2015 compared to 2014 with improved viewer engagement and more feedback. We have been able to showcase our faculty due to the increased representation in our webcasts. Six out of our twelve presenters were new to NITA this year and therefore, viewers were able to get to know a broader spectrum of staff. Likewise, we have seen an increase in questions and feedback from viewers, pointing to better engagement.

Our top webcast in 2015 due to most views is Mastering the Top 10 Communication Skills for Lawyers Part 1, presented by Rebecca Diaz-Bonilla with 375 views. Similarly, our library of presentations has grown exponentially in the past year from 422 to 695 so far with double the on-demand views. The increase has come mostly from our new online trial presentations, new online deposition presentations, and new Modern Trial Advocacy Publication demo videos.

For future planning of presentation topics, our current top three studio71 viewed presentations of all time include: How to Prepare for a NITA Program- Brian Johnson, Evidentiary Foundations Webcast, and Effective Handling and Use of Exhibits at Trial: How to Look Cool and Be Persuasive Using Stuff at Trial– Webcast.

October 2015 Executive Director’s Letter: Autumn Acknowledgements – NITA’s Staff Rocks!

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Lockwood_KarenNITA’s staff is stupendous. Let me share some of the ways.

Every person at NITA passionately owns our mission. They rejoice when participant praise comes in. They laugh and high-five when a program enrollment goes off the charts. They read, just as you do, Vanessa’s emails announcing new case files and books. They always say they love working for NITA because it is such important work.

Every person at NITA is really busy. They are focused on dual rivers of responsibility.

  • One river carries out tightly designed processes flowing across 200 programs , a live recording studio, fresh publications timely created, and a tight budget. In this river, staff weaves countless detailed elements, using best practices, that communicate NITA’s offerings and its value to the marketplaces we touch.
  • The second river is one you do not see from the outside. But it is equally important. It is constant innovation and realignment of how we do our work. The staff is ever restless to get more done faster, better, and with greater impact. They bring to that restlessness both creativity and NITA-love.

I want to spend a minute on the second river. It has brought you the benefits of an integrated marketing practice that continues to build on data we own. It engages with you as faculty to discern and create new content that is right for today’s market. It envisions how we can improve the way we organize the staff’s work teams. You will learn more about new Program Specialists we have welcomed recently, filling vacancies from recent departures of great folks who moved on up their career path. You will learn as 2016 opens about an important initiative to integrate sales across all program types, and to build a team that can leverage the improved marketing data and the customer relationships we groom.

With all of that, here is the most impressive thing.

Our staff members know and completely believe that NITA is You.

  • You, our program directors and faculty.
  • You, our program participants who bond with faculty in the programs, who strain and sweat to perform at levels beyond your expectation.
  • You, our law schools and professors who understand experiential learning; who know that NITA is unique in the way we integrate learning to include confidence, experimentation, and quality.

Please remember today and every day to thank our folks for their service. Facilitate their work in helping you. Team with them as we strive together to place NITA’s name strongly in every region of the US and before every lawyer who should join us.

Thanks to every one of you.



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

Program Director James L. McCrystal merges with Sutter O’Connell

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mccrystal_jamesWe are happy to announce that NITA Program Director James L. McCrystal has merged his law firm with Sutter O’Connell. He brings decades of experience and commitment to training lawyers in the USA and internationally through his dedicated work with NITA. McCrystal specializes in Insurance Coverage, Products Liability, Medical Malpractice, Professional Liability and Attorney Ethics, Commercial Litigation, and Environmental and Toxic Torts. With this new merger, effective September 1, 2015, Sutter O’Connell will expand their national litigation presence and its roster of global clients.

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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