To round out public service programs in 2017, NITA and Inland Counties Legal Services joined together to offer a public service program for legal service attorneys in Riverside, California. This trial skills program was held December 13 – 15 for 27 attorneys. NITA Program Director, Kathleen Cannon worked with Inland Counties Legal Services attorney Sang Banh to put the program into action and fulfill the training needs of the participants.
Kathleen felt very fortunate to work on this public service program and stated, “Being able to help create a personalized NITA trial program for the Inland Counties Legal Services was an incredibly uplifting experience. Tailoring our exercises specifically to the needs of these participants proved exceptionally valuable. We focused on areas they were most concerned about and in the end – every one of those involved praised the program because they felt the dramatic improvement of their trial skills in just three days.”
Likewise, Sang also found the training very beneficial to all of those involved and stated, “[The training] provided both experienced and inexperienced attorneys with proper techniques for trial advocacy to further our firm’s mission to provide access to justice for all. I have received numerous compliments on the NITA trainers and the NITA method of learning by doing.”
The participants agreed with Kathleen and Sang in stating that the training was very beneficial and completely worth taking the time to partake in. “[The training] was very realistic and relevant. The instructor’s teaching and feedback was very helpful. I left feeling much more competent and comfortable for trial work,” stated one participant.
After a great year for public service programs in 2017, NITA is excited to see what 2018 has in store!
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