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Jury Selection Part 2: An Excerpt from NITA’s Webcast ‘Jury De-selection’

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Maybe it’s a chicken or the egg-type question, but are you better served to select jurors you’d like to see on the panel or excuse those jurors whose views conflict with the theory of your case? Cynthia McCollum, from the Public Defender’s office in Minneapolis, discusses best practices on making sure you excuse those who

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NITA Welcomes Our Class of 2014 Next Generation Faculty

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Three Next Generation Faculty (NGF) members have been chosen from a dozen candidates. This year’s outstanding class of up and coming NITA faculty members are: MONIQUE A. CARTER San Diego County Public Defender Legal Education University of San Diego School of Law, J.D. received May 2005 Member of the California Bar, 2005-Present Institute of International &

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Movie Review: Laughton and Power and Dietrich—OH, My!

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written by guest blogger Judge McGahey I am a serious Anglophile.  I love almost everything English (except the cuisine): English football (soccer), English television shows (Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Blackadder, Rumpole of the Bailey[1], Broadchurch), English fictional detectives (Sherlock Holmes, Lord Peter Whimsy, Tom Thorne.) And since American law is a direct descendant of the

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Jury Selection Part 1: Voir Dire

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written by guest blogger and NITA faculty member Linda Lane How can you tell when a lawyer is lying?  His lips are moving. Have you heard that one?  Chances are good that so has your jury! Ours is an uphill battle, especially at the early stage of voir dire.  In a juror’s eyes, you are

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NITA Board Member Michael A. Kelly named Trial Lawyer of the Year

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Re-posted by NITA from the University of California Hastings College of the Law NITA’s very own Michael A. Kelly has be recognized with the highest honor a California trial lawyer can receive. The   CAL-ABOTA Trial Lawyer of the Year is awarded annually to a recipient who exhibits the best traits of a trial lawyer: excellence

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NITA’s team of practicing lawyers, professors and judges from around the nation dedicates its efforts to the training and development of skilled and ethical legal advocates to improve the adversarial justice system. NITA's Goal is to:
  • Promote justice through effective and ethical advocacy.
  • Train and mentor lawyers to be competent and ethical advocates in pursuit of justice.
  • Develop and teach trial advocacy skills to support and promote the effective and fair administration of justice.
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