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Pool Float Lawsuit Rings a Bell . . .

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Last summer, USPTO patent judge and NITA author Ryan H. Flax wrote our very first case file on patent law, SwimTime Corp. v. Water-Fun, Inc., a complex case involving the alleged design infringement of pool floats. Yes. Pool floats. So, imagine our surprise here in the Publications Department when, a year later, we came across […]

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July 2016 Executive Director’s Letter: What Can A Lawyer Do?

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The corners and boundaries of civilian violence are changing. I am going to talk about just one incident to illustrate. Last night in Dallas, amid a peaceful demonstration against police shootings (largely by white officers), there was a sniper. He was African-American. He shot the police. He shot towards and at the largely black group […]

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Demonstratives: Making Effective Graphics for Trial

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Author John Cleaves latest ebook, Demonstratives: Making Effective Graphics for Trial, teaches the reader step by step how to develop a consistent theme or “brand” throughout your demonstratives so they have their own look and feel that jurors can readily identify as your side of the case. Likewise, he creates a variety of timelines that tell […]

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An Overview of the 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

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written by NITA guest bloggers Tereza Horáková and Michael J. Dale I cannot believe that many members of the bar went to law school because of a burning desire to spend their professional life wearing down opponents with creatively burdensome discovery requests or evading legitimate requests through dilatory tactics. This quote comes from the 2015 […]

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Asked and Answered: W. Barefoot Bankhead

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When I hung up the phone after talking to Barefoot Bankhead, one of our longtime Trustees, a few weeks ago, I thought, “Wow. He might be the nicest guy I’ve never met.” I asked Wendy McCormack, our Associate Executive Director, Operations, whether he was as nice in person as he seemed, and she replied, “YES. […]

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