The Legal Advocate

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Winning on Appeal in the U.S. Supreme Court

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This morning in Washington, D.C., NITA author and Fifth Circuit Judge Leslie H. Southwick met with United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. to hand-deliver a signed copy of Winning on Appeal: Better Briefs and Oral Argument, updated this summer by Judge Southwick and Professor Tessa L. Dysart of the University of […]

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State v. Jackson, 5th Edition

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Written by Hon. Rebecca Sitterly, Laurence M. Rose, and Frank D. Rothschild, the fifth edition of State v. Jackson is a criminal file which delves into commercial arson. In this file, the State of Nita is up against Arthur Jackson and Sonia Peterson, claiming the two arranged with George Avery to destroy the Flinders Aluminum Fabrication […]

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Navajo Nations/NITA Public Service Program

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This year, NITA worked with the Navajo Nations Department of Justice for a public service trial skills program, September 28-30 in Window Rock, New Mexico. During the three-day program, the attendees learned skills such as case analysis, opening and closing arguments, direct and cross examination, and more. NITA Program Directors JoAnne and Michael Roake led […]

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Monthly Theme: Law Schools Part Two

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The University of San Diego Law School – Experiential Advocacy Practicum Written by NITA guest blogger Linda Lane The University of San Diego Law School has just completed the first semester of the second year of its new, Experiential Advocacy Practicum course, a required first-year class where law students get to experience “learning by doing” […]

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High Marks for Winning on Appeal

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Philadelphia appellate lawyer Howard J. Bashman recently reviewed Winning on Appeal: Better Briefs and Oral Argument, a longtime NITA classic whose third edition was released just in time for the new school year this fall. In his article for The Legal Intelligencer, Mr. Bashman discusses his personal history with Winning on Appeal and why, twenty-five […]

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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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