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March 2014 Executive Director’s Letter: NITA’s First Quarter 2014: Forward, Grow!

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In my monthly letters this year, I have reflected on substantive topics of interest. In February:  what does it feel like to be a NITA alum, not thinking only of the courtroom, but rather thinking of your image — in your city or region or practice, among your peers or role models, to your junior […]

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NITA Movie Review: By Jing, That’s All There Is To It. Right And Wrong.

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written by guest blogger, Judge Robert McGahey Some of us are old enough to remember when President’s Day didn’t exist.  Instead, we got two national holidays in February: Lincoln’s Birthday on February 12 and Washington’s Birthday on February 22. That recollection gave me the exact right movie for this month’s review: John Ford’s 1939[1] classic […]

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February 2014 Executive Director’s Letter: NITA Alums Share Something Special

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A lawyer at a large firm in Chicago snapped his attention from drafting at his desk to a vague spot on the wall opposite. His mind raced around that same loop: his trial—the first one he would first chair—was only two months off. No, he had not neglected his trial prep. His team was ready […]

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Ensuring Top Notch Advocacy for Children and Families

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written by guest blogger and NITA Program Director Theo Liebmann.  Theo Liebmann is the Clinical Professor & Director of Clinical Programs at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. As the Training the Whole Child Program approaches its tenth anniversary, it’s time to wallow in some nostalgia and take a look back . . . […]

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The Gender Gap in Law Firms: A Little Less Talk and A Lot More Action

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written by guest blogger Caren Ulrich Stacy The lack of women lawyers in the upper ranks at law firms has been a problem for decades, and it’s only getting worse. Although there is typically a 50/50 gender split at the entry level, only sixteen percent of partners are women.   And, to further exacerbate the […]

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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 Goal is 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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