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South Dakota Bar – NITA Public Service Program

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On July 9th, NITA Program Director Mark Caldwell ventured down to South Dakota for a public service Teacher Training program, which was the beginning of the Trial Academy through the University of South Dakota School of Law. The Academy took place July 9 – 13 in which NITA provided the materials and faculty training.

According to Thomas J. Welk with the Boyce Law Firm, “This Project demonstrates how collaboratively our Bar works together with the USD Law School, and NITA to provide our younger lawyers with skills necessary to provide competency to serve our clients.” Welk has worked with NITA on arranging the faculty training portion of the program for a number of years and we are happy to hear such great feedback.

Furthermore, this year there were 24 attorneys trained at the Academy on skills such as opening statements, witness examination, and closing arguments. This brings a total of 160 young lawyers that have participated in the Trial Academy since its inception in 2005.

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  • 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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