The Legal Advocate

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Hearsay Monthly Blog Theme: Part One

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The Business Records Exception to Hearsay and the Admissibility of Underlying Scientific Evidence Contained in the Record written by NITA guest bloggers Marina Tous Clots and Michael J. Dale – article originally published to The Legal Advocate on March 9, 2016 Everyone is familiar with the business records exception to hearsay contained in the Federal […]

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Congratulations to NITA Program Directors Hon. Christopher T. Whitten and Karen Steinhauser

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NITA would like to give a huge shout out to Program Directors Hon. Christopher T. Whitten and Karen Steinhauser who are both recipients of prestigious NITA Awards and were presented with them at the April Board of Trustees Meeting in Boulder, CO. Chris received The Hon. Robert E. Keeton Award which is given out to […]

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Cook County Public Defenders – NITA Public Service Program

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For the second year in a row, NITA and Cook County Public Defenders worked together on a public service training program in Chicago, IL. This year, NITA Program Director Richard Hutt led the 4-day trial skills program which covered topics such as: direct and cross examination, exhibits and evidentiary foundations, impeachment, opening statements, and closing […]

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Jury Speech Rules: The Art of Ethical Persuasion

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Authors David M. Malone and Warren S. Radler have brought out the third edition of their book, Jury Speech Rules: The Art of Ethical Persuasion. Trial lawyers will learn that persuasive jury opening statements and closing arguments require imagination, storytelling skills, and a thorough knowledge of the legal and ethical rules that govern this important part […]

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From the Director’s Desk – April 2018

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The core values of an organization are the foundation on which we perform work and conduct ourselves. We have an entire universe of values, but some of them are so primary, so important to us, that throughout the changes in society, government, politics, and technology, they are still the core values we will abide by. […]

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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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