Robert A. Stein of The Stein Law Firm, PLLC recently returned to New Hampshire from Boulder, Colorado, and Long Island, New York, where he taught trial advocacy as part of his involvement with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, a group with which he has been involved since 1975. His recent work on behalf of NITA, which was formed by a group of lawyers, judges, and academics in the early 1970s, and whose mission it was to create advocacy courses for lawyers based on how barristers are trained in the UK, is the premier method of teach advocacy used at a wide variety of law schools and firms across the country.
“In law school, attorneys are taught about torts, criminal procedure, evidence, but it wasn’t until the 1970s and 1980s that anybody considered teaching the trial of cases or the teaching of negotiations, mediations, or motion practice,” says Stein, who has also served as a NITA Team Leader across the country. “That’s where the NITA comes in.”
At NITA, participating attorneys actually learn to try cases, says Stein, an accomplished trial lawyer who has stood in courtrooms for the majority of his career. “It’s an incredibly valuable part of an attorney’s ongoing legal education,” he says. “It’s great to be a part of it.” Stein currently serves as Team Leader of the NITA’s Northeast Regional Trial Advocacy Program, a position he has held for some two decades.
Founded in 2004 by attorney Robert A. Stein, The Stein Law Firm, PLLC is known for its creative, thorough representation of clients across a broad spectrum of practice areas, including matrimonial law, criminal defense, personal injury, commercial litigation, and intellectual property litigation.