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Monthly Archives: April 2016

Quarterly Giving

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When you give to the NITA Foundation, 100 percent of every dollar you donate is spent on the mission work that fulfills our goal of including public service lawyers in those who benefit from NITA’s training. We’d love to count on your support of the NITA Foundation and its important work of awarding scholarship assistance and creating programs for worthy applicants working with underserved and historically disenfranchised populations—which is impossible without help from loyal donor like you.

Since 2003, the NITA Foundation has disbursed over $3 million in support to our programs and scholarships. There are so many ways to give—cash donations, memorial or honorary gifts, stock donations, planned giving, and even donations of your NITA teaching proceeds or NITA book royalties—and each way helps us award program scholarships to public services lawyers, provide NITA training programs in the public sector, defray travel expenses for program participants, and ensure the rule of law and access to justice in emerging democracies through our international programs. Please think of us during this season of giving. Visit to make a secure online gift and learn more about how you can help.

A Special Thank-You to the International Society of Barristers

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Last year, our friends at the International Society of Barristers (ISOB) gifted NITA with a generous grant that provided tuition assistance to twenty-eight public service lawyers, enabling them to attend a NITA Trial Skills program in 2015. The first portion of the grant funded the second annual Craig Spanenberg/John Liber Scholarship. Eight recipients from around the country applied their scholarship funds to attend the Trial Skills program of their choice. The remainder of the ISOB grant served as seed money for the inaugural Excellence in Advocacy Trial Skills program last November. Twenty lawyers, employed by various publicly funded agencies, converged on NITA headquarters for four days of intensive training that sharpened the skills they need to effectively represent their clients in both state and federal courts. We invite you to watch the videos below to see how these ISOB-funded scholarships affected the lawyers who received them. Our gratitude goes out to the ISOB for making these opportunities possible.

Robert B. Goss Named CVA-NOVA Pro Bono Advocate of the Year

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bobgoss2We at NITA would like to congratulate Robert B. Goss, NITA Master Advocate, who has recently been named CVA-NOVA Pro Bono Advocate of the Year. Goss received the award based on his exemplified pro-bono efforts, especially working with veterans. As a Master Advocate at NITA, Goss has attended programs since 2012 and will be joining us for our new program, NITA Drills: A Witness Examination Boot Camp, June 20-22. To read more about Goss’ CVA-NOVA Pro Bono Award, please click here for NOVA’s press release written by Assistant Director Katy Whalen.

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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