The need is as great as ever. We regularly must disappoint program applicants who clearly make a difference in practices serving people lacking access to Justice. Or who are in real sustained financial need. When we don’t have funds, we have to say “sorry” to scholarship applicants. Neither our program leaders nor our applicants like that. I don’t either.
Why don’t we have room? Because the allocation across programs of limited scholarship dollars does not spread far enough.
Now, you know me as a passionate, mission-oriented person. I am as true-NITA-blue as anyone. But I must say “no” to adding “just one more” scholarship applicant to “just this” program. I must give chances to applicants to all of our programs.
I also am a business person and a lawyer who staunchly defends NITA’s renown, its brand, it fiscal health, its future, and — more than anything — the NITA Network.
You are the NITA Network. Please join me. Go talk to friends who are not part of the NITA Network and tell them what you and we do! Donate regularly yourself, this year, or every month. Or calendar your commitment for every quarter. (It is easy to direct your donation online at: www.nita.org/Donate.) You have my promise that donations are treasured and directed wisely to further meet the demand.
We at NITA Central and across the NITA Network have so much else right. Help make us powerful enough to stop turning away scholarship applicants.
Thank you. Go NITA-Blue!
Karen M. Lockwood, Esq.
President and Executive Director
National Institute for Trial Advocacy