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How I Learned To Love The Non-Responsive Witness, And You Can Too Presented by: Robert Stein, The Stein Law Firm, PLLC What happens when a witness becomes non-responsive to your questions on cross-examination, downright hostile to you, or exhibits an ability to trick the examiner by asking questions of him or her? Most lawyers are filled with […]

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NITA Case File: State v. Casey

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By Joseph E. Taylor In State v. Casey, the defense and the prosecution agree that Bill Melton and his eleven-year-old son Stephen were murdered in their home with Bill’s own shotgun. What they don’t agree on, however, is who pulled the trigger. Michael Casey, the eighteen-year-old defendant, has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths […]

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July 2015 Executive Director’s Letter: NITA’s Annual Report, A Happy Glance Back, New Things Ahead

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We look back every year to count our programs, the people we reach, the faculty we thank, the public service program impact, and the liveliness of our famous publications both bound and digital. I am proud to say, “we are so proud!” Please, now, click here to enjoy our visual, colorful 2014 Annual Report. I […]

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Working To Help Achieve Justice In The New Mexico Criminal Justice System

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written by guest blogger and NITA Program Director William Elward A broad range of our ace NITA instructors have donated their time to assist in the first Trial Advocacy Training Program to be conducted in Albuquerque New Mexico August 18 – 20th. This three day program will train both prosecutors and public defenders in trial […]

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NITA Publication: Fact Investigation, Second Edition

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by Professor Anthony Bocchino and Paul J. Zwier In a successful litigation, it isn’t enough to know the facts. You must also know how to interpret and use those facts, and thoughtfully delving into the stories behind them is a crucial task if you hope to prevail for your client. Fact Investigation, by longtime NITA […]

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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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