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High Court Rules on Juveniles Convicted of Homicide in Montgomery v. Louisiana

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On January 25, 2016, the United States Supreme Court issued its much anticipated decision in Montgomery v. Louisiana, ruling that its 2012 decision in Miller v. Alabama, which banned mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles convicted of homicide, must be applied retroactively. In Miller, Justice Elena Kagan wrote that “children are not simply miniature […]

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State v. Burns, Sixth Edition

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In this sixth edition of State v. Burns, readers will get an in-depth look at a case of a robbery turning into a felony murder charge. But the allegations are not so cut and dry. Authors and Professors Donald H. Beskind and Anthony Bocchino guide readers on a slippery slope as the case unfolds. This edition reads […]

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Facts Still Can’t Speak for Themselves: Reveal the Stories that Give Facts Their Meaning, 2nd Edition

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In this latest edition of Facts Still Can’t Speak for Themselves by Eric Oliver, readers will dive deep into cutting edge research in communication, human judgement, perception and influence that break down the process of turning abstractions into effective persuasive practices. This book offers specific methods for trial professionals to increase their reach into the full […]

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January 2016 Executive Director’s Letter. Thinking Outside the Box

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What Does It Take To Stand Out From The Rest? Every lawyer asks this stand-out question – sometimes musing while brushing teeth, or maybe staying quiet when watching others talk about their stand-out moments. Talent is one thing. Put it in a category with knowledge, skill, and diligence. Lawyers are aware if they are good […]

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SwimTime Corp. v. Water-Fun, Inc.

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NITA’s very first case file on patent law, written by Ryan H. Flax, is a civil trial about patent infringement where readers will dive deep into this complex litigation. The case file introduces readers to SwimTime Corp., a company who suddenly notices a longtime competitor, Water-Fun, has a floating lounger that looks eerily similar to […]

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