Nicholas F. Pellitta, a Member of the Bridgewater-based 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, January 13, 2010, at the Essex County Police Academy in Cedar Grove.
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 attorney generals, 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.
Pellitta currently serves as a Vice Chairman of the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce, and was previously Legal Counsel to the Chamber. He is also President of the Hunterdon Prevention Resources (HPR) Board of Trustees.
Pellitta obtained his J.D. from New York Law School in 1985 and received his B.A. from Rutgers College in 1982.