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Remembering JoAnn Harris

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New Memorial Fundraising Established

It was with deep sadness that we wrote in October about JoAnn Harris passing.  She was one of our greats, one of our champions, one who served as a conscience for public service.  We are proud to establish the JoAnn Harris Public Service Memorial, to inspire donations to the NITA Public Service Fund, which JoAnn so passionately helped to start and steadfastly supported.

As the NITA community continually reflects on her contributions to NITA, today we celebrate JoAnn Harris, and all that she meant to justice.  The Public Service Fund is critical to NITA’s ability to reach lawyers who serve the underrepresented.  By strengthening the trial skills of public service lawyers in NITA’s dedicated public service programs, your donation supports justice and honors JoAnn by continuing her legacy to NITA.

JoAnn was one of the greatest supporters of NITA’s public service efforts.  She focused not only on tribal justice systems, but also on training lawyers to deal with domestic violence and immigration issues.  JoAnn’s thoughtful and committed performance as a proponent of the work of the NITA Foundation guided NITA for years.  She helped drive its mission, and instilled the confidence and support needed to succeed.

With her long-time role as Board Trustee, JoAnn’s influence on NITA is everlasting.  She gracefully, and unstintingly, kept our public service mission in our headlights.  With her teaching, she guided each of us to be better advocates and better people.

To honor JoAnn’s memory, the NITA Foundation invites you to make a gift in her honor under the name of the JoAnn Harris Public Service Memorial.

Please click here to make your gift by selecting Public Service Program Fund and indicate your gift is in memory of JoAnn Harris in the comment section.

Thank you for your continuing support to NITA, the NITA Foundation, and our mission.

Memorial Drive To Give To the Jim and Beverly Carrigan Scholarship Fund

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Honoring “His Honor,” the late Jim R. Carrigan

The news of Colorado Justice Jim Carrigan’s passing in August of this year made the entire NITA community reflect on our beginnings, our NITA family, our growth, and our maturation.  Jim deserves credit for nurturing NITA through its early history, helping to shape its ethic and core values, and shepherding it into maturity as a nationally revered organization.  His personality and commitment bonded NITA, committing trial lawyers to the mission of improving advocacy among our own.  To name a few of his many gifts to NITA, Jim established a solid vision using his wit and wisdom, helped pioneer the NITA teaching method, and even invited NITA to use his home as the first “office,” making his wife Beverly and their children the “First Family.”

NITA and the Foundation invite you to honor Jim by encouraging new donations to the Jim and Beverly Carrigan Scholarship Fund.  Jim and Bev created the Fund together, and were regular contributors. Your gift will be used by NITA to continue the Carrigans’ goal of funding scholarships for worthy applicants who meet economic means qualifications defined per the Denver, Boulder or equivalent areas, and who otherwise would be unable to attend NITA programs, with preference to public service attorneys.

Jim’s presence is still keenly felt at NITA.  Help NITA and his beloved wife Beverly keep Jim’s memory alive by contributing to their fund.

Please click here to make your gift by selecting Jim and Bev Carrigan Scholarship Fund and indicate your gift is in memory of Jim Carrigan in the comment section.

Thank you for your continuing support to NITA, the NITA Foundation, and our mission.

Fundraising Goal for 2014

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November is coined as philanthropy month and marks the busiest season for non-profits.  More importantly it is a time for all of us to reflect for a moment, to say thanks and to give back.  Before the close of 2014, we are asking you to include the NITA Foundation into your year-end philanthropic giving plan.

The NITA Foundation is asking for your donation in order to promote Better Lawyering, Better Results, and Better Justice.  The NITA Foundation accomplishes this by awarding scholarships and by funding specialized advocacy skills programs to groups of public service lawyers.

  • Critical Scholarships from NITA make it possible for both public service lawyers and lawyers in need to serve clients with more effective and efficient advocacy skills. Scholarship recipients attend our public programs, learning alongside lawyers who they might meet on the other side of the courtroom.
  • Public Service Programs created by NITA, teach relevant advocacy skills to dedicated groups of public service lawyers.  These programs directly target the lawyers who serve clients most in need of a voice.

In 2013, NITA trained 3,295 attorneys nationwide in 208 advocacy skills programs. Of these, 114 lawyers received NITA scholarships and 641 received their training in public service programming.

We strive to do more.Help us reach our donation goal of $200,000 for 2014.  We have nearly $100,000 remaining and we need your help!  Here are ways you can give to the NITA Foundation:

  • Cash donations
  • Authorize a pledge
  • Give in memory or in honor of a colleague, friend, or family member
  • Donate faculty pay for teaching at a NITA Program or royalty payments from your publications
  • Gift of stock
  • Planned giving – gifts made from an estate, life insurance, or retirement plan assets

No matter the amount, every dollar matters and every dollar raised goes to fund scholarships and public service programs.  Please visit to make a secure online gift or mail donations directly to the NITA Foundation.

Our New Look!  Our Evidence of Public Service Passion!

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Welcome to our new look in Giving Voice, published by the NITA Foundation.  All dressed up to bring you current news about NITA’s public service mission and the NITA Foundation’s activities, we give you the same clean, clear look-and-feel that you recognize as NITA brand.  We give you instant comment and sharing space below each article directed to our blog so that your ideas, questions, bragging rights, and public service activities are for all to see.  By “giving voice” to you on these pages, we hope that you will inspire your colleagues as well.

Our Passion.  As Executive Director of the Foundation, I want to share other trending events.  The NITA Board and NITA Foundation Board members, in their regular fall meeting, acted with certainty and insight to dedicate additional NITA funding to our public service training work.  This is innovation in action. It also is preparation – broadening our public service platform and showing you the strong impact of your individual donations.  We picture that work to include NITA-initiated public service training programs, aimed at particular groups of attorneys, or particular client groups who are caught in a tradition of under-representation.

Impactful and innovative are the key words.  We will innovate our public service programming in ways that reach audiences we see, but where grant-makers’ goals do not necessarily reach.  We will grow our impact by showing you another way to explore and support with us the work of improving advocacy skills, across the country and in Rule of Law programs internationally.  Your donations will make a large difference.  This is uniquely NITA.

Thank you for being part of our donor family.  Whether you are a program participant, faculty member, author, past donor, or current donor, we ask you to join our initiative with your donations.  Larger resources make larger differences.  And we have a big difference to make.




Karen M. Lockwood
Executive Director
The NITA Foundation

NITA Celebrates Pro Bono Recognition Week

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NITA is committed to providing all lawyers with access to legal skills training. To help us reach that goal we devote resources to programs designed to improve the skills of those who represent underserved communities.  During National Pro Bono Week on October 19-25 we reflected on this mission.

Our public service statics, taken from last week’s NITA Notes written by NITA Board Member, Barbara Bergman, are thrilling to report.  In 2014, over 500 participants have been trained in NITA’s more specialized public service programs.  Those programs included training in child advocacy, disability rights work, legal services, domestic violence, death penalty, civil rights, and programs in conjunction with bar associations.  NITA has also sponsored teacher training programs for legal service and child advocacy attorneys, which were designed to enable those attorneys to return to their offices and train the attorneys with whom they worked to be more effective advocates.  NITA is also participating in advocacy training programs in Serbia, Singapore, Ireland, Kenya, and Japan.  Overall, 150 individuals attended nine international programs.

To read the entire blog post about Pro Bono Recognition Week and NITA’s public service efforts, visit:

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 Goal is 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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