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Dependency Advocacy Center – NITA Public Service Program

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February 15 – 16, NITA and Dependency Advocacy Center joined together for a public service program held in San Jose, CA for eight attorneys to cover trial evidence skills. NITA Program Director Henry Brown, who has staffed over 100 NITA programs over the years, led the trial skills training, working with Dependency Advocacy Center Program Manager, Hilary Kushins.

The two-day training consisted of skills such as objections, witness examination, and use of exhibits. The goal of this training was to help the attorneys enhance their skills in making and meeting objections and understanding evidentiary issues as they arise in court.

After the training concluded, Ms. Kushins noted that the training was very beneficial and the attorneys enjoyed the hands-on aspect. “We had NITA come for a day and a half to conduct a very personalized training for our attorneys. The facilitator [Brown] was amazing and really tailored the training to the specific needs of the attorneys. The attorneys found the drills tremendously helpful. I have no doubt the attorneys will bring the skills they learned from this experiential, hands-on training into the courtroom for months and years to come.”

NITA is grateful to have been able to work with Dependency Advocacy Center on a public service program and hopes to continue training efforts together for many years to come.

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