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Equal Justice Works and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) are launching an annual virtual trial advocacy training program in June 2023 for Equal Justice Works Fellows. This multi-day online training program offers a unique, hands-on learning experience that will allow Fellows to practice their advocacy skills in a peer environment with national experts.
NITA and Equal Justice Works have proudly partnered for over 10 years to provide EJW Fellows with NITA’s unique brand of skills-based trainings to enhance their practice both inside and outside the courtroom. The June 2023 program marks the start of an annual virtual training program created by NITA for Equal Justice Works Fellows.
Instructed by a team of volunteer NITA instructors—including expert litigators and judges—participants are challenged to try new approaches and push themselves to improve and refine how they advocate for clients. Practice skills learned throughout this program can be applied immediately as Fellows continue their advocacy for increased access to justice for clients across the United States.
The training curriculum includes guided practice in direct and cross examinations, opening and closing arguments, and handling exhibits based on a hypothetical public service-focused case file. Alongside the immersive aspects of the training, Fellows will also learn new tips from NITA through a lecture series. At the end of these training sessions, participants will apply their newly learned skills in a full bench trial. This multi day training will occur over three dates: June 6, June 13, and conclude on June 16, 2023. Fellows will receive CLE credit for their full participation in this program.
“We are grateful for this longstanding partnership with NITA, and excited to launch an annual virtual training to complement other training opportunities. Time and again, Fellows walk away from NITA trainings sharing that they feel greater confidence in their skills and are invigorated by the learning experience,” said Kristen Uhler-McKeown, Vice President of Fellowships at Equal Justice Works.
Marcia Levy, the Program Director at NITA, stated, “Equal Justice Works Fellows are smart, passionate, and driven to represent the most underrepresented clients. It is incredibly rewarding for our dedicated team of volunteer NITA faculty to mentor Fellows to develop their skills toolbox. We are grateful to support their impactful work.”
“Equal Justice Works Fellows are smart, passionate, and driven to represent the most underrepresented clients. It is incredibly rewarding for our dedicated team of volunteer NITA faculty to mentor Fellows to develop their skills toolbox. We are grateful to support their impactful work.”
Marcia Levy /
Program Director at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy
Equal Justice Works offers Fellows learning opportunities throughout the course of their Fellowships to enhance their ability to advocate for clients including the Annual Leadership Development Training, and virtual convenings throughout the year.
Equal Justice works and NITA have historically collaborated to provide training opportunities to Fellows in conjunction with the annual Leadership Development Training. This year’s training program marks the start of an annual and formal training program created by NITA and hosted for Equal Justice Works Fellows.
About Equal Justice Works
Equal Justice Works is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for lawyers to transform their passion for equal justice into a lifelong commitment to public service. As the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law, Equal Justice Works brings together an extensive network of law students, lawyers, advocates, legal services organizations, and supporters to build a community committed to fulfilling our nation’s promise of equal justice for all.
About the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)
NITA is a non-profit that for 50 years, has provided “learn by doing” programs, which provide a safe and supportive environment for lawyers to learn and hone new skills and fundamentally change the way they advocate for their clients. A key part of NITA’s mission is to serve the lawyers who serve underrepresented communities by providing this training at no cost. NITA faculty, experienced trial lawyers and trial advocacy trainers, are passionate about working with public interest lawyers who are working in a variety of substantive areas including child advocacy, domestic violence, immigration, legal services, tribal justice, and more. NITA – It’s Advocacy Enhanced. And Mentorship Reimagined. Welcome to the Community.
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