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Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A – NITA Public Service Program

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On February 14 – 16, NITA teamed up with Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A, whose mission is to advance social and economic justice by empowering communities through innovative, collaborative, neighborhood-based legal representation and advocacy, for a public service trial skills program. This 3-day program took place in Brooklyn, New York and was led by NITA Program Director, Barbara Barron. Barron, who has taught at over 100 NITA programs, worked with Deputy Unit Director at Brooklyn Legal Services, Lina Lee, in order to develop this public service program for their 15 attorneys.

After the program concluded, Lee stated that, “NITA has provided Brooklyn Legal Services Corp A with an invaluable training and tool kit to effectively advocate and litigate on behalf of our clients. We are grateful for the rare and tremendous opportunity to learn from leading trial experts to better serve the most vulnerable and marginalized communities in our efforts to preserve affordable housing in Brooklyn.”

Similarly, one attendee stated, “[The training was] excellent and informative. The trainers were outstanding, and a great resource.” During the training, some of the skills that were covered included: direct and cross examination, impeachment, and evidentiary foundations.

Another attendee stated, “This course was excellent! [The training had] very straightforward guidance with a lot of good opportunities for practice. The lecturers really knew their stuff and were very effective teachers.” NITA is grateful to have worked with Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A for this training program through our public service mission.

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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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