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Hofstra: Training the Lawyer to Represent the Whole Family NITA Public Service Program

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NITA once again joined forces with the Hofstra University Law Clinic, June 5-9 in Hempstead, NY for a family law advocacy public service program, “Training the Lawyer to Represent the Whole Family”. Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Programs Theo Liebmann, served as Program Director for the 10th year in a row. This unique public service program is open to attorneys who work in the areas of child protection, custody, or juvenile justice.

Likewise, this program covered skills such as: opening and closing statements, impeachment, interviewing and counseling clients, and much more. This year, Liebmann along with faculty from all over the country, trained 45 attorneys. One attendee stated, “I absolutely loved the program. It is extremely informative and practical. The results by the end of the week are remarkable.”

Liebmann, who first took on the role of Program Director in 2008, said he was very grateful for all of the faculty, “you all do more, of course, than just provide phenomenal teaching insights, you also remind participants how vital their work is, and how it deserves to be approached with at least as much intensity, passion and diligence as any other field of law.”

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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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