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The Legal Advocate’s Most Read Articles of 2013

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Throughout 2013, we posted articles on a variety of subjects, ranging from depositions to evidence and even the hard subject of child advocacy. We gave you some of the “Best Advocacy Tips” from our distinguished faculty, recapped the best legal movies to watch, reviewed some of our publications as well as gave you up-to-date news from the NITA community. So, in case you missed them, here are a few of 2013’s most viewed articles from NITA’s blog, The Legal Advocate.

  1. Best Advocacy Fix: Losing Verbal Tics
    When the transcript arrives from what you recall as a strong cross-examination at deposition or trial, you look at the critical section and you wince. You find that you said “okay” after each answer as you began the next question, or that you began each question with the word “and.”
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  2. The Verdict: A Great Film, “An Ethical Nightmare”
    Paul Newman was one of our greatest actors. He was nominated for eight Best Actor Oscars, winning in 1986 for The Color of Money. That was sort of a Lifetime Achievement Award—a number of his other portrayals were much better, including his role as Frank Galvin, a Boston lawyer, in 1982’s courtroom drama, The Verdict. The film is well acted, well directed, dramatic, and, as the book Reel Justice notes, “[I]t’s … in the running for Most Lawyer Misconduct in a Single Film.” (Mark Caldwell and I have used at least four different scenes from The Verdict in our film clip ethics presentations over the years).
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  3. The Importance of Deposition Admonitions
    Part 1. Before we get into our discussion, I’d like to ask you a few questions:

    1. How much time do you spend giving admonitions at deposition?
    2. Which admonitions do you give?
    3. Why do you give them?
    4. Is any of that time spent establishing rapport with the witness?

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