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Hughes Hubbard, NITA Collaborate on Federal Trial Practice Guide

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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) are pleased to announce the release of a new guide for federal court trial lawyers.

Entitled “Playing To Win: Appellate Preservation for Trial Lawyers in Federal Court,” the guide is co-authored by Hughes Hubbard lawyers Robb Patryk, Ross Lipman, and Jonathan Misk and addresses appellate preservation rules, techniques, and case law applicable to every stage of trial.

“Hughes Hubbard presented NITA with an informative and engaging discussion on federal trial practice, and we are excited to make this guide, the product of their hard work, available to those in our NITA family who practice in federal courts,” said Jennifer Schneider, Director of Publishing and Digital Content at NITA.

The guide is free of charge as a courtesy to trial lawyers on Hughes Hubbard’s and NITA’s websites and their respective social media platforms. Click here to download.

About Hughes Hubbard & Reed
Hughes Hubbard is a New York City-based international law firm that offers clients results-focused legal services and a collaborative approach across a broad range of practices. Hughes Hubbard was founded in 1888 by the distinguished jurist and statesman Charles Evans Hughes and is renowned for its trial and appellate practice in complex cases, including litigation involving issues related to product liability and toxic torts, antitrust and competition, corporate reorganization, international arbitration, and patent and intellectual property. For more information, visit

Do You Know How to Handle a Media Crisis Related to Your Case?

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Last month, NITA hosted communications specialist Richard S. Levick for “How Lawyers Handle Media in a Time of Crisis, a free, one-hour webcast.

In the Internet age, courtroom victories are Pyrrhic if the client’s reputation and bottom line are savaged by day’s end. The “media” is no longer just beat reporters from the local newspaper; the “media” is now anyone who owns a mobile phone. The lawyer’s job now is more challenging than ever, managing these massive audiences with one eye on the jury pool and the other on consumers and shareholders. This program provides trial lawyers with guidance on effectively doing just that and effectively anticipating what’s next.

Mr. Levick is an experienced public relations professional and spokesperson. He and his colleagues at Levick, Inc. regularly write substantive articles about media management for the firm’s blog, which you can check out here.

Intrigued? It’s never too late to catch this webcast. Register now and watch at your leisure.

Excited Utterance: April 27, 2017

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The Legal Advocate’s semi-regular roundup of legal news and views you might have missed.

The Fitbit murder: one more “brave new world” way technology is changing the conduct of legal investigations, trials, and outcomes. (CNN)

Justice Breyer finds out the hard way he gets four bars on the bench. (Washington Post)

A first for the nation: an ABA-accredited law school shutters its program. (Los Angeles Times)

Tongues are already wagging about the next SCOTUS nominee. (The Hill)

Speaking of the Supreme Court, have you listened to “More Perfect,” a wonderful little podcast series about curiosities of the Court, yet? (WNYC)

Slippin’ Jimmy McGill takes one step closer to Saul Goodman—and in the process acquires a fool for a client. (New York Times)

Excited Utterance: April 12, 2017

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Introducing “Excited Utterance,” The Legal Advocate’s semi-regular roundup of legal news and views you might have missed.

What an aviation lawyer who once sued an airline that overbooked his seat has to say about the rights of passengers who get bumped (or dragged) off their flight. (CNN)

Extrajudicial drudgery looms large in “Junior Justice” Neil Gorsuch’s immediate future. (Washington Post)

Turns out Twitter’s more than just a scratching post for itchy fingers in the dead of night. Using it to deliver a spoliation letter is now an option—sunrise, sunset, and anytime in between. (Above the Law)

Think lawyering makes you safe from obsolescence in the robot revolution? Guess again. (The Atlantic)

Are you fluent in emoji? Insurance lawyer Randy Maniloff devised this clever challenge to teach his young daughter about landmark SCOTUS cases via emoji. How many case names do you recognize? (Coverage Opinions)


Answers below.

Perry Russell-Hunter Bestowed with Georgetown Law Honor

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Congratulations to NITA Program Director and faculty member Peregrine “Perry” Russell-Hunter, who was recently selected as the Charles Fahy Distinguished Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center for 2016–2017. Named for the former U.S. Solicitor, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge, and Georgetown Law alumnus Charles Fahy, this designation commends the contributions of adjunct faculty serving in Georgetown Law’s J.D. and LL.M. programs. These programs are among the most enriching legal training experiences in the country, owing to the law school’s proximity to Washington, D.C., the seat of the federal government.

Professor Russell-Hunter is a longtime NITA faculty member in the Trial Skills and Deposition Skills Programs and is a Co-Program Director of NITA’s D.C. Deposition Program (July 26–28, register here), Deposing the Expert Witness Program (July 29, register here), and the new Investigative Questioning Techniques Program (May 4–5, learn more here).

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 Goals are 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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