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NITA Welcomes Its Class of 2016 Next Generation Faculty

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The three Next Generation Faculty (NGF) Class of 2016 has been chosen from a dozen candidates.  This year’s outstanding class of young, up-and-coming NITA faculty members consists of:

cassidy_jaymeJayme Cassidy

Ms. Cassidy is the Director of the Shepard Broad College of Law’s Veterans Law Clinic, and staff attorney.

Prior to joining NSU she was the supervising attorney for the EACH (Economic Advocacy and Community Health) and VALOR (Veteran Advocates Legal Outreach & Representation) Projects at Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, Inc. Ms. Cassidy created and implemented the VALOR Project which is a medical legal partnership with the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Ms. Cassidy is experienced in complex civil and criminal litigation and has a solid background in state and federal practice. She has served in the public sector as a Chief Assistant for the Broward County Public Defender and as an Assistant Attorney General.

Ms. Cassidy received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law where she was a member of the Legislative Law Journal. She is a former Litigation Counsel for Carnival Cruise Lines, and practiced law in New York and New Jersey with Garberini & Scher and Bower & Gardner.

Andrew Haden

Mr. Haden has worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California in the General Crimes Section since 2010. Since 2013, he has served as the Project Safe Neighborhoods Coordinator for the Southern District of California, a nationwide program designed to reduce gun and gang crime. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he served for two years as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas J. Whelan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. He received his J.D. from the University of San Diego, in 2008. Mr. Haden received his B.A. from Stanford University, in 2000. Upon graduation from Stanford, Mr. Haden was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Haden served in the Navy for five years, which included two overseas deployments.

young_jasonJason R. Young

Mr. Young practices in the area of insurance defense litigation with Pearl Schneider LLC. He has extensive experience in all aspects of litigation including discovery, motions practice, depositions, mediations, arbitrations, and jury trials, throughout Colorado.

Prior to joining Pearl Schneider LLC, Mr. Young served as trial counsel with Hunter & Associates in Denver. As captive litigation counsel for Farmers Insurance, Mr. Young litigated cases ranging in value from thousands of dollars to over one million dollars. He successfully completed eleven jury trials in three years.

Before focusing on civil litigation, Mr. Young spent his first eight years in practice as a Deputy State Public Defender in Adams and Denver Counties. He practiced predominately in District Court handling an extensive caseload, comprised entirely of felony cases, in various stages of litigation. He served as lead counsel, and completed over forty jury trials, on a wide range of criminal cases including homicides, not-guilty-by-reason-of-insanity pleas, sexual assaults, crimes of violence, and economic crimes.

Mr. Young’s entire career has been spent litigating cases, both civil and criminal, in the courtroom. Mr. Young has completed over fifty jury trials throughout Colorado.

As members of the NGF Class of 2016, Ms. Cassidy, Mr. Haden and Mr. Young will be trained and invited to teach at the geographically diverse NITA trial and deposition programs between January 1 and December 31, 2016, to gain more experience to NITA learning-by-doing teaching.

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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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