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DRILLS: A Witness Examination Boot Camp

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NITA’s newest program, DRILLS: A Witness Examination Boot Camp, is right around the corner and we are excited to add such a unique and fast-paced program to our lineup this year. Thank you to Marsha Hunter, who teaches our Articulate Advocate program, for posting about DRILLS on her blog. To read Marsha’s article, please click here. We appreciate the support and encouragement and look forward to the start of the program.

NITA, SULC Teaming Up to Offer Innovative Practical Programs for Students

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re-posted with permission from the Southern University Law Center

NITA Nationals 2013Through a partnership between the Southern University Law Center (SULC) and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA), two innovative programs will be offered that will give students a competitive edge.

As part of the initial program, NITA will offer a course in which thirty-two public service attorneys will be paired with sixteen SULC students for an intensive, hands-on, four-day training session to teach students how to become better advocates for their clients. SULC will select participating attorneys, and students will have to apply for the coveted seats. The program is scheduled for May 9–12, 2016.

“Many of our students are interested in public service careers, so this class will give them an opportunity to sharpen their skills when they go out and represent folks with low to moderate incomes,” SULC Interim Chancellor John K. Pierre said. “It will also improve the students’ confidence so they won’t be afraid, but can just hit the ground running. And the interaction with the public service attorneys is just invaluable.”

The second program is a pilot program in which NITA will conduct a two-day class on client interviewing and fact-investigation skills. The classes will begin in fall 2016. SULC is one of the first law schools in the country to participate in the program.

“We are in the forefront, setting a trend with this partnership,” Pierre said. “What we’re trying to do is to give law students the best skills training that they can get while they are in law school—beyond what they are getting in the classroom.”

NITA is a nonprofit organization that provides person-to-person and online training for lawyers. The organization prides itself on learning-by-doing workshops to give participants practical, hands-on experience.

Jennifer Schneider, NITA’s director of publications, says the institute administrators are excited about this new partnership.

“We appreciate how enthusiastic Southern is to work with us,” Schneider said. “Our goal is to help law schools teach practical skills, which are becoming increasingly more important for students’ hireability.”

For more information, contact Jennifer Schneider,

Facts Still Can’t Speak for Themselves: Reveal the Stories that Give Facts Their Meaning, 2nd Edition

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Facts-Still-Can'tIn this latest edition of Facts Still Can’t Speak for Themselves by Eric Oliver, readers will dive deep into cutting edge research in communication, human judgement, perception and influence that break down the process of turning abstractions into effective persuasive practices. This book offers specific methods for trial professionals to increase their reach into the full range of potential stories decision makers can and will construct during any case. It then teaches you how to refine those stories into a compelling presentation for any legal decision maker to judge. In this latest edition each chapter is now supplemented with some of the most relevant developments in the science of decision making as well as much more experience and skills that Oliver has gained since the first edition in 2005.

Retail Price: $65

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SwimTime Corp. v. Water-Fun, Inc.

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SwimTime coverNITA’s very first case file on patent law, written by Ryan H. Flax, is a civil trial about patent infringement where readers will dive deep into this complex litigation. The case file introduces readers to SwimTime Corp., a company who suddenly notices a longtime competitor, Water-Fun, has a floating lounger that looks eerily similar to its own top-selling floating device for pools. Due to the uncanny similarities and the fact that Water-Fun has known of SwimTime Corp. for a long time, a patent infringement case ensues. This case file demonstrates the importance of basic trial preparation and the demonstration of evidence.

Retail Price: $35

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Federal Rules of Evidence with Objections

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FRE-with-Objections-12th-coFederal Rules of Evidence with Objections, twelfth edition, gives readers a useful and easy-to-read guide of reference. This latest edition also has an alphabetical section on major objections including practical tips and legal interpretations for each rule. The small-format packaging is designed to make it easy to carry when you’re on the go so you never have to be without it!

Retail Price: $45

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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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