NITA’s public service efforts support our mission to achieve equal justice by serving all sides of the courtroom. We do this by helping public service lawyers learn advocacy skills, through dedicated training. The advocates we seek to reach, beyond those who attend our public and custom programs, require resources from donations, grants, and board support. Additionally we sponsor programs by offering a reduced pricing structure because of limited resources. Public service programs created by NITA teach relevant advocacy skills to dedicated groups of attorneys and advocates working in areas including, but not limited to:
To help achieve our mission, we devote resources to programs designed to improve the skills of those who represent underserved communities. This commitment is shown through our Board of Trustees allocating a percentage of reserves to be spent each year for our public service mission along with donations and grants. While many public service organizations approach NITA about coordinating training for their attorneys, our public service funding and volunteer faculty resources are limited. We try our best to accommodate organizations that apply and match our public service criteria by also extending reduced fee programming.
To qualify for these types of training, your organization must meet the following public interest programming criteria:
Agencies and organizations that wish to apply for our reduced fee public service programming must meet the criteria above, and provide some level of funding to train their attorneys. We welcome the opportunity to work within the organization's funding parameters and require a specific agreement that ensures everyone understands their responsibilities for the financial and staffing resources to make a successful program. To apply for a public service program, fill out this application and email it to: [email protected]
Steven Shafer, 2017 NITA Public Service Program Participant
Hear what participants at public service programs had to say about their experience: