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Arizona Center for Law and Society: Opening Fall 2016

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This fall, Arizona will open their new law school, Arizona Center for Law and Society, just steps away from the legal, political, and economic heart of Arizona. NITA will be holding our Deposition Skills: Arizona program here in November. We are very excited to see what this new law school has to offer. To read more on Arizona Center for Law and Society, click here.

Effective Deposition Defense Rules, Third Edition

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Eff Depo Def Rules, 3d, coverAuthors David M. Malone and Ryan Malone address common questions and problems associated with the defense of depositions in this third edition of Effective Deposition Defense Rules. This rules book is intended to provide a quick and ready practical reference to issues and answers for busy trial lawyers. It presents accessible, practical, and common-sense ways to deal with situations that arise as attorneys and witnesses work their way through the pretrial deposition process. This new edition also includes updated material on the specific issues presented by video-recorded depositions.

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Breaking: Federal Court Overturns Dassey Conviction

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The Associated Press is reporting this afternoon that a federal court in Wisconsin has overturned the conviction of Brendan Dassey, the young man accused of helping his uncle, Steven Avery, murder a woman over ten years ago. Avery was the subject of Making a Murderer, a high-profile Netflix documentary series released in late 2015.

Earlier this year, The Legal Advocate spoke with two members of Dassey’s legal team—NITA Trustee Tom Geraghty and the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Steve Drizin—whom we congratulate for this remarkable victory.

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,

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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