Karen Lockwood

Karen LockwoodMs. Lockwood is a 1978 graduate of the Washington College of Law, where she was a law review editor. As an adjunct faculty member, she taught Alternative Dispute Resolution in 2011 and 2012, and pioneered a new curriculum in Legal Methods in 1980 and 1982.

Ms. Lockwood is the Executive Director of NITA–the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.  NITA creates and presents gold-standard trial advocacy programs, improving the practicing lawyer’s ability to perform better trials–efficient, effective, and ethical.  Challenging lawyers with learn-by-doing courtroom skills before a faculty of trial lawyers, NITA’s programs are known nationwide for their intensity and effectiveness.  NITA also publishes a unique collection of treatises and handbooks for the practitioner, and well-balanced case files for advocacy training. An independent non-profit, NITA was founded in 1973 at the urging of trial lawyers, judges, and bar organizations, with the mission to support and promote the effective and fair administration of justice through advocacy training. The NITA Foundation raises funds to provide assistance and targeted programs to assure that lawyers in public service and lawyers in need share in the opportunity to improve their advocacy skills. --.  

Coming to NITA’s leadership from 30 years as a commercial trial lawyer, Ms. Lockwood was a partner in DC at Howrey LLP (DC), and Collier Shannon Rill & Scott, LLP.  Her practice focused on jury and non-jury trials and appeals, in diverse subjects such as construction litigation, a large hotel fire, antitrust mergers, copyrights and trademarks, patents, joint ventures, and business lawyer counseling. She founded The Lockwood Group in 2009 to create and advise on structural and career-advancement practices that would increase the depth of diversity in law practices.  She had served as a NITA faculty member for many years, including as Program Director for the DC Intensive Trial Skills program (at Georgetown), in custom NITA programs for firms and agencies, and in public service NITA programs for groups such as Equal Justice Works.

A lifelong fan of WCL, Ms. Lockwood is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council, and past AUWCL Alumni Chair.  Ms. Lockwood has served as an ABA Delegate for the DC Bar, as Liaison with the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, and on the Editorial Board of Perspectives Magazine. As President of the Women’s Bar Association of DC, she created and led a groundbreaking initiative that drew men and women law leaders together over issues and action plans to promote the advancement of women lawyers in practice. She worked with PAR, and lectured at the inaugural UT Center For Women Boot Camp. She continued her work as an arbitral judge with the AAA Panel of Neutrals before coming to NITA. Winner of the outstanding graduate awards at The College of Wooster, and at American University's Washington College of Law, Karen has received awards for her leadership and her voice on women in the law, and is a frequent speaker at corporate, industry, and bar conferences.


Updated 2/24/2014.