The National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), the world’s leader in advocacy skills training and publications, is pleased to announce the release of its new eBook, Remote Advocacy: A Guide to Survive and Thrive. It is a collection of thirteen essays that helps trial lawyers and litigators adapt to the whiplash changes, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, in their practices and the justice system. The digital primer is well-priced at $30 and is available in WebPDF, Kindle, and Apple iOS versions.
With topics ranging from video-conferencing etiquette, attorney-client interviewing and relationship building, ethics, and discovery, to mediation and arbitration, pro se litigants, and hearings from a judge’s perspective, Remote Advocacy provides practical guidance for lawyering in a time of extraordinary change. NITA’s Director of Publications Eric Sorensen explains its conception:
|When the COVID-19 shutdowns began to hit and schools, businesses, and lawyers were being forced to move online to conduct their everyday activities, those of us who were already working remotely took note, but didn’t necessarily grasp the monumental change that was taking place. It wasn’t until I sat in on a 100-person call for advocacy professors who were trying to figure out how, on a moment’s notice, to start conducting classes online that it hit home: working remotely was a foreign concept for many in the legal profession and the number and variety of challenges could be overwhelming for many. With our team of editors, we began kicking around ideas on how to help, and thus the survival guide was set in motion. We turned to NITA faculty and authors who had done it, and who were doing it, to get their best advice on how to not only survive this leap into a new world but to thrive . . . and they delivered, in the form of this eBook.|
Contributing author and NITA faculty member Christian Hendrickson of Sherman & Howard in Denver states, “This concise manual is not only an interesting read, but provides a real head start and practical tool for the new world in which we lawyers will be presenting our cases. It also reminds counsel to focus on effective advocacy and civility, no matter the forum in which and circumstances under which they are representing their clients. We’ll all be better for reading Remote Advocacy.”
“Remote Advocacy is about adapting the rule of law to the world of isolation, while prying open the door to a glimpse of a future tempered by the COVID-19 era,” states fellow contributor and NITA faculty member and author Reuben Guttman of Guttman Buschner & Brooks in D.C. “It’s classic NITA: teaching skills to cope with the present while anticipating the future.”
Additional information about NITA’s Remote Advocacy eBook can be found here and through Wolters Kluwer, NITA’s publishing partner. The National Institute for Trial Advocacy is the world’s leader in advocacy skills training and publications. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Boulder, Colorado, NITA is a service organization made up of a volunteer network of lawyers, judges, and esteemed advocates across the globe whose mission is to train and mentor lawyers to be competent and ethical advocates in the pursuit of justice. To learn more, visit nita.org, or call us at (303) 953-6828