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Gary S. Gildin named dean of Dickinson Law

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NITA would like to congratulate Gary S. Gildin on the appointment as dean of Dickinson Law by the Penn State’s Board of Trustees. Gildin is not only a professor of law, but he is also an author to multiple NITA publications including Stucky v. Conlee and Trial Advocacy Basics, Second Edition. Gildin has also taught at NITA’s ACLU public service program for many years. To read The Sentinel’s article on Gildin and his many accomplishments at Penn State, please click here.

2016 Industry Icon Awards

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The 2016 Industry Icon Awards on November 16th in Philadelphia will showcase an elite group of honorees including NITA’s very own, Joanne Epps. Not only has Epps been a NITA faculty member for over 50 programs, but she is first and foremost the Provost & Executive Vice President of Temple University Beasley School of Law. NITA would like to congratulate Epps on this high achievement as an inductee in this year’s Business Hall of Fame Winners. For more information preceding the event please click here and read The Philadelphia Inquirer’s article on all event details.

Here Comes the Judge! Amy Hanley Appointed to District Court in Kansas

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hanley_amyNITA faculty Amy Hanley will be sworn in as District Court Judge for the Seventh Judicial District of Kansas, in Lawrence, Douglas County. Amy was appointed by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and will preside over a civil and domestic docket when she takes the bench on December 1. She is currently the Prosecution Section Chief for Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s Criminal Litigation Division, a position in which she has served for five of her seven years at the Kansas AG’s office.

“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to continue my career in public service in my home state,” Amy said. “As a judge, I will remember what it was like to be an advocate and use my position to further improve the legal profession.”

Amy is a member of NITA’s NextGen Class of 2014 and is a NITA faculty regular, teaching six to eight times a year at Trial Skills programs in San Diego, Seattle, Boulder, and the Kansas Public Service Program, among others. She is much beloved by attendees, fellow faculty, and NITA, and we wish Amy all the best as she opens this transformative new chapter in her life. Congratulations, Amy!

Excerpts from Amy’s biography:
Amy Hanley’s courtroom highlights including her role as lead prosecutor in State v. Kahler, a capital case in which the death penalty was imposed, and State v. Seacat, a premeditated first-degree murder trial, resulting in conviction, that was nationally televised and featured on Dateline NBC. She has earned honors and recognition for her leadership, teaching, and work in the courtroom. In 2011, she was awarded the KCDAA Associate Member Prosecutor of the Year. In 2014, she was named a member of NITA’s Next Generation Faculty. In 2014, students voted her Adjunct Faculty of the Year at Washburn Law School for making the most difference in their lives and educational experience.

Ms. Hanley serves in numerous leadership roles in the prosecution community. She is an Associate Director on the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) Board of Directors where she has served on the Executive Committee. She was a co-founder of the NDAA Women Prosecutors Section and currently holds the office of Section Vice Chair. In July 2015, she received the NDAA President’s Award for her leadership in establishing and moving the Section forward. She is a member of the Continuing Legal Education and Best Practices committees for the Kansas County and District Attorneys Association (KCDAA). She directs all training for the Kansas Attorney General’s Criminal Litigation Division, implementing statewide capital litigation training and supervising a series of AG Calls. She leads the annual Focus Forum of Kansas capital prosecutors. She also serves as a voting member of the Kansas Sentencing Commission.

Gary Gildin, NITA Author and Faculty, on the Changing Law School Landscape

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gildin_garyAs acting dean of the Dickinson School of Law at Penn State, Gary Gildin is well positioned to the identify the reciprocal changes law schools and the legal market have endured over the past decade, and how law schools are responding to the new demands of the marketplace. You may know Dean Gildin through his two NITA texts, Trial Advocacy Basics, Second Edition (with Molly Townes O’Brien), and the Stucky v. Conlee, Parsell, and the City of Nita case file (look for the new Second Edition later this fall), or perhaps you’ve taught alongside him at a Trial Skills or Depositions program NITA runs each year with the ACLU.

He shared his insights in a recent interview with the Oklahoma Legal Group Blog. Of note to NITA and all things “learning by doing”:

“Due to the demands of the modern legal marketplace, there now is a greater expectation from employers (and their clients) that students will arrive at the workplace ‘profession ready.’ This requires law students in the space of three years not only to learn analysis, fundamental substantive doctrine, and legal research and writing, but also to acquire practical skills of lawyering as well as array extra-legal competencies necessary to be of immediate value to their enterprise. Of course, this poses an equal challenge to law schools to provide competent instruction in these added skill sets.”

Along those lines, Dean Gildin mentions the new ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools that now requires law schools to incorporate six credits of experiential learning into their degree requirements—which NITA can help law schools fulfill with our new, one-credit, “add-on” module in NITA-style experiential learning, available beginning Fall 2017 semester.

It’s a pleasure to have Dean Gildin as part of our NITA family.

Modern Trial Advocacy: Law School Edition, Fourth Edition

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mta-lawschool-4thIn Steven Lubet and J.C. Lore’s fourth edition of Modern Trial Advocacy: Law School Edition, the authors present a realistic and contemporary approach to learning and developing trial advocacy skills. In representing the law student, the book contains a chapter on “Trial Basics” which discusses what happens in a trial and the role the advocate plays. The Law School Edition also has a checklist which guides students in their performance.

With a brand new chapter on using electronic visuals in the courtroom as well as new enhanced video content, top NITA faculty demonstrate the core techniques discussed in the book so you can observe and learn these skills in a new way.

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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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