The Legal Advocate

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From the Director’s Desk – April 2018

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The core values of an organization are the foundation on which we perform work and conduct ourselves. We have an entire universe of values, but some of them are so primary, so important to us, that throughout the changes in society, government, politics, and technology, they are still the core values we will abide by. […]

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Monthly Theme: Voir Dire Part Three

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Recognize Leaders Written by NITA guest blogger Melissa M. Gomez and excerpted from her book Jury Trials Outside In: Leveraging Psychology from Discovery to Decision One persuasive person can make all the difference. That is why, in jury selection, I not only focus on those characteristics that will make jurors biased against my client, but […]

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Trustees for Alaska – NITA Public Service Program

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Continuing to expand NITA’s public service reach – we headed off to Anchorage, AK for an appellate advocacy public service program with Trustees for Alaska, a nonprofit public interest environmental law firm. The program took place March 8 – 9 and was led by NITA Program Director, Chief Judge Nancy Vaidik, who has served as […]

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Monthly Theme: Voir Dire Part Two

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Practice, Practice, Practice Written by NITA guest blogger: Richard Schoenberger Most cases involve two trials, the first one in the court room and the second one in the jury deliberation room. Pre-trial studies that identify top demographic trends of participants who would most help your case and that gather feedback in the form of surveys […]

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Commission on the American Jury Survey

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The American Bar Association has recently released a press release in which the Commission on the American Jury has conducted a survey to examine reasons for the decline of jury trials. To read the release and get information on where to take the survey, click the link here. The survey’s results will be published in […]

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