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NITA Faculty Volunteer All Stars

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NITA would like to give a special shout out to 15 of our faculty members who volunteered over 100 hours this year teaching at our programs. Thank you for your contribution to NITA!

Jayme Cassidy directs the Veterans Law Clinic and Legal Incubator at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law. Cassidy began teaching with NITA in 2004 and in 2017 she served as faculty on 8 NITA programs throughout the year.

 

 

Solomon Chang is an experienced trial attorney for the San Diego Office of the Public Defender. Chang has been teaching for NITA for two years and most recently was a faculty member at Building Trial Skills: Philadelphia.

 

 

Michael Dale has been a member of the faculty at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law in Fort Lauderdale since 1985. He has taught at over 100 NITA programs and this year, served as program director on 6 programs.

 

 

Stephanie Ledesma is the Assistant Professor and Director of Experiential Learning Programs at Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Ledesma began teaching with NITA in 2010 and this year alone taught at 8 programs – serving as faculty, program director, and team leader.

 

 

Judge Bob McGahey has been a Denver District Court Judge since January of 2000 and has been an active member of NITA’s faculty ever since. In 2017 he taught at 8 NITA programs, most recently, Deposition Skills: Rocky Mountain.

 

 

Michelle Mendez is the Training and Legal Support Senior Attorney and manager of the Defending Vulnerable Populations Project at Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) Mendez began teaching with NITA in 2016 and has continued providing her skills on many public service programs in the immigration field.

 

 

Allison Rocker is the Senior Deputy District Attorney – Domestic Violence Prosecution Specialist at Rose Andom Center in Denver, Colorado. Rocker has been teaching with NITA since 2016 and most recently was a faculty member at Building Trial Skills: San Diego.

 

 

Judge Debra Seaton Chinaka was appointed to the bench on May 18, 2017 by the Illinois Supreme Court. Judge Seaton Chinaka has been been teaching with NITA since 2001 and most recently, volunteered her time to teach a public service program with the Office of the Public Defender in Lagos, Nigeria.

 

 

Tom Swett is a trial attorney in Louisville, Colorado and has volunteered his time teaching with NITA on over 85 programs since 2006. In 2017 alone, Swett taught at 10 NITA programs – serving as either a faculty member or program director.

 

 

Whitney Untiedt is a partner at Akerman LLP and the firm’s first Director of Pro Bono Initiatives. Untiedt began teaching with NITA in 2008 and has since taught at over 50 programs. Most recently, she volunteered her time teaching at the Deposition Advocacy Public Service Program.

 

 

Judge Michael Washington tried nearly 80 cases to verdict as a deputy public defender for 21 years before being appointed to the bench. Judge Washington has taught with NITA for the past 20 years and has volunteered his time at over 100 programs. Most recently, Washington served as faculty in a public service program with the Office of the Public Defender in Lagos, Nigeria.

 

 

Richard Werstein is at attorney at Werstein & Associates in Lewisville, Texas. Werstein began teaching with NITA in 2015 and has continued serving as faculty on many public programs. Most recently, he volunteered his time as a faculty member of Building Trial Skills: Dallas.

 

 

Judge Christoper Whitten is a general jurisdiction trial court judge on the Superior Court of Arizona. Judge Whitten has been teaching with NITA since 2005 and has taught over 70 programs throughout the years. Most recently he served as co-Program Director for Building Trial Skills: San Diego.

 

 

Judge Ann Williams is a judge at the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Judge Williams has been a faculty with NITA since 1979, a NITA Trustee since 1996, and served as the NITA Secretary from 2005-2007. She has taught at over 100 NITA programs and most recently was the Program Director in Nigeria for a public service program with the Office of the Public Defender in Lagos.

 

 

Joleen Youngers is a civil litigator with Almanzar & Youngers, P.A. in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Youngers has served as faculty for a variety of NITA programs including: public, custom, and public service. Most recently, she served as faculty at a custom program, Hogan Lovells Expert Witness Deposition.

 

 

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