The Legal Advocate

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Welcome the Newest NITA Advocates and NITA Master Advocates

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NITA is proud to announce the 2017 fourth quarter recipients of the Advocate and 2017 recipients of the Master Advocate Designations. These designations are awarded to a person who has taken a well-rounded set of courses, proving they are serious about trial advocacy.



  • Andrew J McBride | Adams & Reese LLP
  • James P Harrison | CCPOA
  • Maria LU Estanislao | Loventime Law LLC
  • Alan Ostergren | Muscatine County Attorney
  • Christopher Nuneviller | Nuneviller Law
  • Sam XJ Wu | Law Ofc of Sam XJ Wu
  • Beti Bergman | Peninsula Law


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  • Chad S. Pehrson | Parr Brown Et Al
  • Brian W. Capell | Liskow & Lewis
  • Donald A. Lancaster | Lancaster Law Group APC
  • Richard C. Watson | Watson Law Group APC
  • Amit Bindra | The Prinz Law Firm
  • Sarah Allison Havens | Office of Sarah A Havens
  • Justin DeLacruz | CCPOA
  • Carmin Shaffer | USAA
  • Suzu Tokue | Law Office Of Suzu Tokue

If you have any questions on how you can receive the NITA Advocate or NITA Master Advocate Designation, please review the information on our Advocate Designations page, or email

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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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