Nicholas F. Pellitta, a Member of the Bridgewater law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., spoke on trial advocacy as a faculty member of the Fundamental Investigative Techniques for Assistant Prosecutors, Criminal Trial Advocacy Skills Program, for the New Jersey Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute. The event was held on Thursday, February 26, 2009, at the New Jersey Office of Administrative Law in Newark.
The New Jersey Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute was established to enhance the administration of justice in the State and ensure the highest degree of professionalism by attorneys representing governmental agencies before the courts and in administrative proceedings. The Advocacy Institute offers a broad range of programs to address the advocacy skills needs of governmental lawyers, including Deputy Attorneys General, Assistant Prosecutors, Municipal Prosecutors, agency attorneys and attorneys who represent other governmental entities. The Institute offers practical skills programs, as well as lectures on substantive areas of law. In addition, it serves as a clearinghouse for best practices and produces handbooks and practice manuals for use within the Department of Law & Public Safety.
A resident of Flemington, Pellitta has substantial experience in a variety of legal areas in both federal and state courts. He has also represented colleges and universities for 20 years in areas such as tort claim defense, police litigation, civil rights and student discipline. On the individual level, Pellitta offers assistance to clients in a variety of matters, both in municipal and superior courts.
Pellitta has served as Second Vice President in the C. Willard Heckel Inn of Court, an organization designed for the continuing education of newly-admitted attorneys. He has also lectured at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy in the area of trial practice. He currently serves as a Vice Chairman of the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce, and was previously Legal Counsel to the Chamber. He is also Vice President of Hunterdon Prevention Resources (HPR) and also serves as a member of the HPR Board of Trustees. He has also been honored by the Rutgers University Department of Public Safety for 30 years of service to the Rutgers Police Department as the Rutgers Assistant Prosecutors, Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
Pellitta obtained his J.D. from New York Law School in 1985 and received his B.A. from Rutgers College in 1982.