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Requests for Public Service Applications

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Part of NITA’s mission is to provide high-quality training to all attorneys so they become effective and ethical advocates. Notice the emphasis on “all” attorneys. NITA training isn’t just for Big Law, and it isn’t just for rainmakers. We are dedicated to working with public service attorney groups to provide them with the same training that takes place in our public and custom programs.

We realize it’s unlikely that most public service organization can fully fund this type of training, so we’ve developed a reduced pricing structure that’s flexible enough to meet the budgetary needs of your office. The majority of these programs are Trial Skills or Deposition Skills—but again, we can be flexible to better meet your training needs. To qualify for this type of training under the reduced fee structure, your organization must meet the following public interest programming criteria:

  1. Attorneys or advocates who serve indigent or disadvantaged populations, including, but not limited to, child advocacy, death penalty defense, disability, domestic violence, criminal law areas, immigration, legal services matters, and tribal justice; and
  2. Public agency attorneys working in these areas are eligible automatically.

Agencies and organizations wishing to apply for our reduced fee public service programming must meet the criteria above and provide some level of funding to train their attorneys. We welcome the opportunity to work within an organization’s funding parameters and require a specific agreement that ensures everyone understands their responsibilities for the financial and staffing resources to make for a successful program.

If you’re interested in applying for a public service program for your organization, please complete this application and submit it to sales@nita.org. We look forward to working with you.

Quarterly Giving

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When you give to the NITA Foundation, 100 percent of every dollar you donate is spent on the mission work that fulfills our goal of including public service lawyers in those who benefit from NITA’s training. We’d love to count on your support of the NITA Foundation and its important work of awarding scholarship assistance and creating programs for worthy applicants working with underserved and historically disenfranchised populations—which is impossible without help from loyal donor like you.

Since 2003, the NITA Foundation has disbursed over $3 million in support to our programs and scholarships. There are so many ways to give—cash donations, memorial or honorary gifts, stock donations, planned giving, and even donations of your NITA teaching proceeds or NITA book royalties—and each way helps us award program scholarships to public services lawyers, provide NITA training programs in the public sector, defray travel expenses for program participants, and ensure the rule of law and access to justice in emerging democracies through our international programs. Please think of us during this season of giving. Visit www.nita.org/donate to make a secure online gift and learn more about how you can help.

A Special Thank-You to the International Society of Barristers

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Last year, our friends at the International Society of Barristers (ISOB) gifted NITA with a generous grant that provided tuition assistance to twenty-eight public service lawyers, enabling them to attend a NITA Trial Skills program in 2015. The first portion of the grant funded the second annual Craig Spanenberg/John Liber Scholarship. Eight recipients from around the country applied their scholarship funds to attend the Trial Skills program of their choice. The remainder of the ISOB grant served as seed money for the inaugural Excellence in Advocacy Trial Skills program last November. Twenty lawyers, employed by various publicly funded agencies, converged on NITA headquarters for four days of intensive training that sharpened the skills they need to effectively represent their clients in both state and federal courts. We invite you to watch the videos below to see how these ISOB-funded scholarships affected the lawyers who received them. Our gratitude goes out to the ISOB for making these opportunities possible.

Year-End Giving

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When you give to the NITA Foundation, 100 percent of every dollar you donate is spent on programs that fulfill our mission of public service to the legal community. With just a few days left in the tax year, we’d love to count on your support of the NITA Foundation and its important work of financially supporting access to NITA programs for public service and financially needy lawyers. This includes specialized public service programs (domestic and international), and awarding scholarship assistance to worthy applicants working with underserved and historically disenfranchised populations—which is impossible without help from loyal donor like you.

Since 2003, the NITA Foundation has disbursed over $3 million in support to our programs and scholarships. There are so many ways to give—cash donations, memorial or honorary gifts, stock donations, planned giving, and even donations of your NITA teaching proceeds or NITA book royalties—and each way helps us award program scholarships to public services lawyers, provide NITA training programs in the public sector, defray travel expenses for program participants, and ensure the rule of law and access to justice in emerging democracies through our international programs. Please think of us during this season of giving. Visit www.nita.org/donate to make a secure online gift and learn more about how you can help.

Requests for Public Service Applications

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Part of NITA’s mission is to provide high quality training to all attorneys so they become effective and ethical advocates. Notice the emphasis on “all” attorneys. NITA training isn’t just for Big Law, and it isn’t just for rainmakers. We are dedicated to working with public service attorney groups to provide them with the same training that takes place in our public and custom programs.

We realize it’s unlikely that most public service organization can fully fund this type of training, so we’ve developed a reduced pricing structure that’s flexible enough to meet the budgetary needs of your office. The majority of these programs are Trial Skills or Deposition Skills—but again, we can be flexible to better meet your training needs. To qualify for this type of training under the reduced fee structure, your organization must meet the following public interest programming criteria:

  1. Attorneys or advocates who serve indigent or disadvantaged populations, including, but not limited to, child advocacy, death penalty defense, disability, domestic violence, criminal law areas, immigration, legal services matters, and tribal justice; and
  2. Public agency attorneys working in these areas are eligible automatically.

Agencies and organizations wishing to apply for our reduced fee public service programming must meet the criteria above and provide some level of funding to train their attorneys. We welcome the opportunity to work within an organization’s funding parameters and require a specific agreement that ensures everyone understands their responsibilities for the financial and staffing resources to make for a successful program.

If you’re interested in applying for a public service program for your organization, please complete this application and submit it to sales@nita.org. We look forward to working with you.

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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