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Press Release: NITA Wins International Award From ALCEA

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Date: 8/2/18

National Institute for Trial Advocacy Wins International Award

The Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) has awarded the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) one of only 16 annual awards granted to competitors representing more than 300 organizations.

An Award for Professional Excellence was given to NITA for its “Office of the Public Defender Lagos State Ministry of Justice Expert Witness Program” in the Best Public Interest category.

Last November, NITA sent a team of American lawyers, judges, and professors to spend one week training 70 lawyers in Nigeria, where the country recently opened its first forensics lab. The primary focus of the NITA program was forensic science and how to prepare, present, and cross-examine expert witnesses, which filled a critical knowledge gap where there was significant need for both resources and training. Due to the recent introduction of the forensics facility in Nigeria, lawyers in the Office of the Public Defender in Lagos State were inexperienced in the fundamentals of incorporating this resource into their legal practice. They learned about pathology, firearms identification, documents, and fingerprinting, as well as how to handle expert witnesses in the courtroom. Detailed information on the program is available here.

ACLEA members are professionals in the fields of continuing legal education and legal publishing. Its annual ACLEA’s Best Awards are highly competitive and winning projects represent the highest level of achievement for the staff and volunteers involved.

NITA is the nation’s leading provider of legal advocacy skills training. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Boulder, Colorado, NITA’s sole mission since 1971 has been to improve the quality of advocacy in our nation’s courtrooms.

ACLEA formally presented the award to NITA at the Annual Meeting of ACLEA in Portland, Oregon, on July 31, 2018.

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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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