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Congratulations to NITA Program Directors Hon. Christopher T. Whitten and Karen Steinhauser

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NITA would like to give a huge shout out to Program Directors Hon. Christopher T. Whitten and Karen Steinhauser who are both recipients of prestigious NITA Awards and were presented with them at the April Board of Trustees Meeting in Boulder, CO.

Chris received The Hon. Robert E. Keeton Award which is given out to a NITA Faculty Member for outstanding service and excellence in teaching. The award is named for Robert Keeton, one of the original teachers at NITA’s National Session and a longtime contributor to many programs.

Chris has been teaching with NITA since 2005 and serves as program director for many of our public, public service, and in-house programs each year. This year, Chris has already taught at 8 NITA programs and still has more lined up for the rest of 2018. Thank you to Chris for your continuous support and dedication as a NITA Faculty Member.

Likewise, Karen was granted The Hon. Prentice H. Marshall Faculty Award which recognized a person who has developed and instituted new ideas in NITA’s methods for teaching trial skills, or has created new courses. Karen was met with overwhelmingly positive feedback when she implemented a lecture on implicit bias in the courtroom during the 2017 National Session.

Karen has taught with NITA on over 100 programs over the last 25 years. She will continue her third year as program director at the National Session this July in Boulder, CO. Thank you Karen for your innovative ideas and the passion you bring to your teaching.

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