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Pamela A. Bresnahan Elected to ABA Board of Governors

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Press release reposted with permission from Vorys

Bresnahan_Pamela APamela A. Bresnahan, a partner in Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP Washington, D.C. office, was recently elected to the American Bar Association (ABA) Board of Governors. At the ABA mid-year meeting in Chicago last month, Ms. Bresnahan was elected to serve as an At Large Member for a three-year term beginning in August 2014.

The Board of Governors is the body that decides ABA policy and governs when the House of Delegates is not in session.  Ms. Bresnahan has served in the ABA House of Delegates since 1987 and currently serves as the Chair of its Drafting Policy and Procedures Committee.

Ms. Bresnahan has also served on the ABA Section of Litigation’s Council and chaired the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability.  She has also served on the ABA Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary and on the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.  Ms. Bresnahan presently serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.  In addition, she is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and serves on its Commercial Litigation Committee.

Ms. Bresnahan’s practice focuses on representing lawyers, law firms, insurers, financial institutions, financial professionals, and officers and directors.  She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland, New York, California, and Illinois.  She is the head of  the Vorys D.C. office litigation practice group.

About Vorys: Vorys was established in 1909 and has grown to be one of the largest Ohio-based law firms, with nearly 375 attorneys in seven offices in Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Akron, Ohio; Washington, D.C.; Houston, Texas; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Vorys currently ranks as one of the 200 largest law firms in the United States according to American Lawyer magazine. Learn more at

Kids for Ca$h Debuts this Friday, February 28

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reposted with permission from the Juvenile Law Center.

kidsForCashJuvenile Law Center would like to let you know about a new film that debuts this Friday, February 28th, in theaters in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, and Denver (and in Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; and New Orleans in the coming weeks).

Kids for Ca$h chronicles the Luzerne County, PA “kids-for-cash” judicial corruption scandal, which Juvenile Law Center uncovered in 2007 and continues to litigate. The film is produced and directed by Robert May, who also produced The Station Agent and the Oscar-winning film The Fog of War.

The film shines a bright light on many issues facing youth today, including harsh zero-tolerance policies that needlessly push kids into the justice system; barriers to access to counsel for youth who are facing system involvement; and the high emotional and financial burden that unnecessary juvenile justice system involvement places on kids, families, and taxpayers. Juvenile Law Center is currently taking a closer look at these issues in its blog series, Lessons from “Kids for Cash,” at

On February 28, in New York, Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates will moderate a Q&A with director Robert May following the 7:15 p.m. showing of Kids for Ca$h  at the AMC Village 7.

You can watch the official trailer for the movie below. Click here to find a theater in your city.

Welcome the Newest NITA Advocates and NITA Master Advocates

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NITA is proud to announce the most recent recipients of the Advocate and Master Advocate Designations. These designations are awarded to a person who has taken a well-rounded set of courses, proving they are serious about trial advocacy.



  • Samuel Chacko | Legis Point, LLC
  • Neal Eggeson  | Eggeson Appellate Services
  • Stuart Jones
  • David Milligan  | Law Office of David Milligan
  • Rick Pardue  | Pardue Law Group


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  • James Fisher | Landye Bennett Blumstein, LLP
  • B. Thassanee Gutter-Parker
  • Edward Hafer | Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP
  • David Lane | USAA Staff Counsel
  • Daniel Lindsay
  • Whitney Passmore | Womble Carlyle et al
  • Michele Romelus | Office of Michele Romelus

If you have any questions on how you can receive the NITA Advocate or NITA Master Advocate Designation, please review the information on our Advocate Designations page, or email

Leo Romero Receives ABA’s Spirit of Excellence Award 2014

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Romero_LeoLast Saturday at the ABA’s Mid-Year meeting in Chicago,  NITA’s very own Leo Romero was singled out as a 2014 Spirit Honoree by the ABA’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession.

The luncheon is a key event in the ABA’s annual mid-year meeting. It creates waves far beyond even the very influential Commission, and is attended by most ABA leaders and many mid-year meeting attendees. Honorees are persons of national visibility, chosen from nominees as “lawyers who excel in their professional settings; who personify excellence on the national, state, or local level; and who have demonstrated a commitment to racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession.” (See link below for the award brochure.) Leo certainly is all of that and more!

As our Immediate Past Chair of the NITA Board, Leo makes us justifiably proud as he achieves this honor. For all of your activities, Leo, in and for the profession, we are particularly grateful for your service—and we know continuing service—to NITA. Congratulations!

Click here for more information regrading this annual ABA event.

NITA Faculty Member Louise A. LaMothe Selected as United States Magistrate Judge

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LaMothe_Louise2The United States District Court for the Central District of California announces the selection of Louise A. LaMothe  as United States Magistrate Judge. Judge LaMothe, who was sworn in on January 10, will sit in Santa Barbara in the Court’s Western Division, filling the position vacated by former Magistrate Judge Rita C. Federman.

Prior to her selection as a Magistrate Judge, Judge LaMothe practiced as a professional  arbitrator  and  mediator, serving  on  the  panels  of  the  American Arbitration Association and the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR). She is a Fellow and Board member of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She has been a longtime volunteer on the District Court’s Attorney Settlement Officer Panel. While in private practice as a litigator, she served twice as a Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference lawyer representative and was Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation. She began her Los Angeles legal career at Irell & Manella, LLP, in 1974, where she became the firm’s first woman partner. She later practiced at Riordan & McKinzie and Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert & Matz before becoming a full-time neutral.

View the full press release 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 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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