The Legal Advocate

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Asked and Answered—Shameka Hall, First Recipient of the Robert VanderLaan Memorial Scholarship

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Last November, The Legal Advocate reported on the memorial celebration that was held in Chicago to remember longtime NITA program director Bob VanderLaan, as well the establishment of the Robert VanderLaan Memorial Scholarship which was inspired by Bob’s devotion to teaching at NITA. Both the memorial event and the scholarship were ideas brought into fruition […]

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Training the Lawyer to Represent the Whole Family – NITA Public Service Program

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NITA had the wonderful opportunity to partner once again with Hofstra University Law Clinic for a public service program, “Training the Lawyer to Represent the Whole Family.” This program took place June 4 – 8 and was offered at a highly reduced rate to attorneys who work primarily in the areas of child protection, custody, […]

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Carpenter v. United States (2018)

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Written by NITA guest blogger Brent Newton On June 22, 2018, the Supreme Court, by a vote of 5-4, issued its much-anticipated decision in Carpenter v. United States.  Carpenter was convicted of multiple robberies based in part on evidence that, at the time of four of the robberies, his cell phone had sent signals to […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Will Not Hear Brendan Dassey Appeal

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Statement by Brendan Dassey’s attorney Laura Nirider from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth: “We will continue to fight to free Brendan Dassey. Brendan was a sixteen-year old with intellectual and social disabilities when he confessed to a crime he did not commit. The video of Brendan’s interrogation shows a confused […]

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Southern University Law Center – A NITA Public Service Program

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On May 21 – 24, NITA continued our partnership with Southern University Law Center (SULC) in Baton Rouge, LA, by putting together a trial skills training public service program for over 30 attorneys. NITA Program Director Jude Bourque led the training which was met with high praises from the participants. The 4-day training aimed to […]

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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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