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Cardinal Gibbons High School/NITA Mock Trial Training

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The National Institute for Trial Advocacy recently joined forces for a public service training program with the Nova Southeastern University College of Law for the trial advocacy moot court team from Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Ashley Willcott, a NITA faculty member and lawyer from Atlanta, Georgia, and NSU Law Professor and NITA Faculty Michael Dale ran the two half day program which was held in the main courtroom at the NSU Law School.

Eight students and their teacher/coach Luiz Bravim participated in the training program which operated using the typical NITA “learning by doing” approach. The program focused on laying the foundation for exhibits, making objections, and direct and cross examination. After the program, Luiz Bravim stated, “The quality of the legal instruction was awesome… The feedback I’ve gotten from the team has been excellent.”

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  • 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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