The Legal Advocate

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Monthly Theme: Examinations Part Two

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Using Smaller Questions to Make Points Bigger in Direct and Cross Examination (Second of Two-Part Series) Written by NITA guest blogger, Michael R. Fontham A common failing of lawyers in trial is the tendency to cede control to witnesses, whether on direct or cross-examination.  Lawyers give up control by asking general rather than specific questions.  […]

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Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A – NITA Public Service Program

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On February 14 – 16, NITA teamed up with Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A, whose mission is to advance social and economic justice by empowering communities through innovative, collaborative, neighborhood-based legal representation and advocacy, for a public service trial skills program. This 3-day program took place in Brooklyn, New York and was led by NITA […]

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You Can’t Handle the Ruth

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Today is International Women’s Day, and who better to help us reflect on the role of women in society and the law than the iconic Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a woman who seemingly has done it all? Throughout her trailblazing life, Justice Ginsburg has been a judge, a wife, a mother, a law professor, an author, […]

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Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project – NITA Public Service Program

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Kicking off 2018, NITA joined forces with Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project, a nonprofit legal service organization, for a public service trial skills program. The program took place in Phoenix, Arizona, February 6 – 9. It was led by NITA Program Director, Judge Christopher T. Whitten, who worked closely with Managing Attorney at the […]

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Monthly Theme: Examinations Part One

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Using Smaller Questions to Make Points Bigger in Direct and Cross Examination (First of Two-Part Series) Written by NITA guest blogger, Michael R. Fontham A common failing of lawyers in trial is the tendency to cede control to witnesses, whether on direct or cross-examination.  Lawyers give up control by asking general rather than specific questions.  […]

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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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