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Capital Area Private Defender Services – NITA Public Service Program

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On September 19 – 21, NITA teamed up with Capital Area Private Defender Services (CAPDS) for a public service trial skills program in Austin, TX. CAPDS is a joint venture non-profit organization dedicated to assisting indigent clients facing criminal charges. This public service program trained 36 attorneys and was led by NITA Program Director Michael Dale, who has taught at over 100 NITA programs throughout the years.

Deputy Director of CAPDS, Bradley Hargis, worked closely with NITA to put the program into motion and stated that CAPDS was very grateful to NITA for making the training possible.

Likewise, one attendee stated, “Great course! One of the faculty described it as Spring Training and I agree. I could do this once a year. The faculty were outstanding. Nobody was there to show off. They were honestly there to teach.”

Similarly, another attendee stated, “It was a great course and I learned a lot. It was really helpful practicing the skills in small groups. I always found the commentary/feedback from the faculty really helpful and important. I feel like I really improved my skills and learned the practical notes that were taught.”


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