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NITA Faculty Debra Ann Seaton Appointed as Circuit Court Judge in 2nd Sub-circuit of Cook County

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NITA would like to congratulate Debra Ann Seaton, whom the Illinois Supreme Court appointed as Circuit Court Judge to the 2nd Sub-Circuit of Cook County. The appointment became effective on May 18th. According to an article by Jack Leyhane, Seaton’s appointment was made on the recommendation of Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis.

Furthermore, Seaton has been a faculty member with NITA on over 20 programs since 2001. She has brought her knowledge of the courtroom to NITA’s Building Trial Skills: Chicago for many years as well as a variety of deposition, custom, and international programs.

Seaton’s election for full Circuit Court Judge occurs in March 2018 in the 2nd Sub-Circuit. To read Jack Leyhane’s full article on Seaton’s appointment, click here.

Greenberg Traurig’s Daniel M. Rabinovitz Leads NITA’s Building Trial Skills: Boston Program, Second Year in a Row

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In case you missed it, Greenberg Traurig recently posted a press release titled, “Greenberg Traurig’s Daniel M. Rabinovitz to Lead NITA’s Building Trial Skills Program in Boston for Second Consecutive Year”. The program began December 4th and runs through December 9th at the Omni Boston Parker House and John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts.

Rabinovitz began teaching at NITA programs in 2001 and has been the Building Trial Skills in Boston Program Director for the past two consecutive years. To read Greenberg Traurig’s full press release please click here.


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November 3 – 5, 2016
2 Embarcadero
Suite 1500
San Francisco, CA 94111

The National Institute for Trial Advocacy, NITA, is looking for first and second year associates from local law firms to act as Student Attorneys (based on a simple fact pattern which will be provided), playing the role of an attorney and a witness as though they were before a court and jury.

• Opportunity to polish your trial skills
• Monetary stipend of $150 ($50 per day)
• CLE credit given if you are an attorney
• Preparation materials will be emailed
• Full participation is preferred

The goal of the Teacher Training program participants is to learn or upgrade their teaching and critiquing skills. Participants in the program (who may be professors, partners in a law firm, or government attorneys), will critique the student attorneys’ presentations. After they critique the student attorneys, the program faculty will critique them. Each student attorney will be placed on a team and assigned to a specific section of participants and faculty.

If you are interested, please contact Christine McHugh at NITA,
Deadline to respond is October 28, 2016.

*Please note that full participation is required.
3:15pm – 5:45pm on Thursday, November 3, 2016
8:00am – 2:15pm on Friday, November 4, 2016
8:00am – 12:30pm on Saturday, November 5, 2016

Remebering Roslyn M. Litman – A Trailblazing Labor Lawyer

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litman_roslynWe received news that Roz Litman passed away this week In the Pittsburgh area. She was a long-time member of the ACLU National board. In that capacity, and because she loved NITA too, she brought us together for NITA to teach trial skills for ACLU lawyers, including attendees from counsel’s office and others from the affiliates around the country.
Karen Lockwood, NITA’s Executive Director, saluted Roz. “I considered the opportunity to meet Roz LItman and to teach with her one of those “lifetime” experiences. She carried her grit and fame well – with humility and with endless curiosity. She operated with a contagious zest, passing it to everyone involved in the particular effort onto which she had trained her sights. The world will miss her.”

You may read about Roz’s trial work, and the level of passion she carried her entire lifetime, in this obituary from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Whitney Untiedt : Attorney of the Year

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NITA would like to take a moment to congratulate faculty and program director Whitney Untiedt in her recent achievement as Attorney of the Year. Whitney’s work on behalf of children in Florida’s prison lead her to this recognition. She is partner in the Miami office and Akerman’s Director of Pro Bono Initiatives AM Holt. You can read the full article on Whitney and this honor from the Daily Business Review here.

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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