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For Immediate Release: March 11, 2011

The National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute and University of San Diego Law School Partner to Conduct National Trial Advocacy Training

Washington, DC---The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) through its training arm, the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI) is pleased to partner with the University of San Diego School of Law to conduct a National Trial Advocacy Training for assistant attorneys general, March 14-18 at the University of San Diego Law School.

“With a partner of this caliber, we know we are offering another high quality training for our members,” said Chris Toth, NAAG Deputy Executive Director and NAGTRI Director. “Working with law schools is an excellent way to leverage resources and expertise.”

“Our school is committed to clinical education training and offers a wide variety of clinical opportunities,” said Kevin Cole, Dean of the Law School. “We are proud to have been selected to partner with NAAG’s national training program for assistant attorneys general.”

Forty assistant attorneys general from 31 states are scheduled to participate in the course. It will be taught primarily by Attorney General Office-based, National Institute of Trial Advocacy-trained faculty members. The training will use the “learning by doing” teaching method. As in all NITA or NITA-style trainings, the training will take students through witness preparation, direct and cross examination, handling of exhibits, impeachment of witnesses, opening and closing statements, and a mock trial. The students will be involved immediately in an intensive hands-on setting. Training will be enhanced by the use of videotapes for one-on-one instruction. Critiques of students’ performance of an exercise will be both substantive and stylistic.

“The Trial Advocacy course has become one of our most popular offerings,” said Toth. “Since its inception, NAAG and NAGTRI have trained more than 1,000 assistant attorneys general in trial practice skills.”

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The University of San Diego School of Law is one of the most selective law schools in the country. Its graduates practice law throughout the United States, and are supported in their education by a nationally recognized faculty. Additional information about the school, its admissions process, and educational programs is available at http://www.sandiego.edu/law/.

The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), www.naag.org, was founded in 1907 to help Attorneys General fulfill the responsibilities of their office and to assist in the delivery of high quality legal services to the states and territorial jurisdictions. The National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI) was created in 2007 as part of a long- term vision for an organized research and training program.

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