The Legal Advocate

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Video Series Refines Your Edge in the Courtroom

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You know Brian Johnson and Marsha Hunter from their role as faculty in NITA programs and as authors of their popular series of “articulate” books on legal communication skills, The Articulate Advocate, The Articulate Attorney, and The Articulate Witness. Now there’s another way to gain the wisdom of their experience: through their video series Courtroom […]

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Coming Home: Philadelphia Man Claims Innocence and Released after 40 Years in Prison

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According to an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer Daily News written on September 2nd, Tyrone Jones is released after spending 40 years in prison. he maintains his innocence in a crime he was arrested for at the age of 16. According to staff writer Samantha Melamed, Jones is the first Philadelphian released under a 2012 […]

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Book Review: Modern Trial Advocacy: Canada

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The Verdict, the quarterly magazine of the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia, reviews NITA books from time to time. Today, we are delighted to share Michael Sporer’s review of Modern Trial Advocacy: Canada, by NITA authors Steven Lubet, Cynthia Tape, and Lisa Talbot, reprinted below with permission and in its entirety. Our thanks to the Trial […]

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Asked and Answered—Michelle Sherman

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“I can usually turn a case around by getting into the social media of the other side,” muses Michelle Sherman, NITA trainer, author, and webcaster. “Turn a case around”—now there’s a phrase that should make every trial lawyers’ ears prick up. It’s exactly what Michelle details in her new book, “Winning with Social Media: A […]

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State v. Peyton, Second Edition

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In State v. Peyton, Taylor Addison suffered first and second degree burns when her parked vehicle was sideswiped, spilling coffee over her left hand. No vehicle stopped after the accident, but Addison claims she saw a car identifiable as Jordan Peyton’s driving away from the scene. Peyton has pled not guilty to all charges and claims […]

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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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