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Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure

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The latest edition of NITA’s pocket-size book, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, incorporates the amendments that went into effect December 1, 2016, including the changes to Rules 4 (Arrest Warrant or Summons on a Complaint), 41 (Search and Seizure), and 45 (Computing and Extending Time). Stay up-to-date with this easily portable reference (also available in eBook) that you can take on the go!

Retail Price: $25

Available in Print (pre-order only, release date TBD), epub or mobi

Court Technology and Trial Presentation on Demonstratives

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NITA would like to extend a shout-out to The Court Technology and Trial Presentation Blawg, an online blog which caters to lawyers and other legal professionals. In December, author Ted Brooks posted an article on one of NITA’s own books by John Cleaves, Demonstratives: Making Effective Graphics for Trial. Brooks recommends this book to any attorney or paralegal working with trial support and graphics as a means to get the job done and discover new ways that the popular tool, PowerPoint, can help you.

Likewise, Brooks states, “although the book may be read cover-to-cover like a novel, it can also be easily used as a reference to accomplish specific tasks when developing your own demonstratives.” To read the full article, please click here.

Furthermore, in this fast-paced world of technology which we have all come to known (love it or not), having the tools to prepare oneself by knowing the ins and outs of presentation devices such as PowerPoint, is a necessity. If you would like to read more about John Cleaves’ book, please click here to read NITA’s own review. Or, for all of you visual learners out there, check out our short YouTube PowerPoint presentation on the book.

Demonstratives: Making Effective Graphics for Trial

Retail Price: $45

Order Here in eBook format

State v. Gray

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NITA’s latest case file, State v. Gray, is inspired by the timely discussions our nation is having about the use of force against unarmed civilians. Some questions the case file address include: What does the law say about police shooting an unarmed civilian? What is the appropriate response for officers to take when they believe they’re facing imminent mortal danger on the job?

State v. Gray is a fictionalized scenario which draws inspiration from real-life occurrences. This well-balanced case file will challenge the student’s advocacy and medical and forensic expert witness skills though this full trial.

Retail Price: $38

Available in: Print or Epub

Beasley Blog Peeks at Jury Trials from the “Outside In”

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Author Melissa M. Gomez recently had a chance to talk about Jury Trials Outside In, her book published this year by NITA, when she was interviewed by the Advocacy & Evidence Blog at Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Jules Epstein is a Professor of Law, Director of Advocacy Programs, and blogger at Temple. His many years of criminal law practice made him skeptical of the value most jury consultants bring to trials—and then he read Jury Trials Outside In.

He spoke with Dr. Gomez about her view that psychology makes all the difference in seating a jury. She said:

As a psychologist, I work with lawyers on the educational, social and emotional issues involved in the litigation. There is learning involved in trials. There are interpersonal interactions involved in trials. There is stress involved in trials. This is all because there are people involved in trials.

Lawyers spend years learning about the law. I help them understand that, while the law needs to be the basis of the trial for the court and the record, the psychology of the people is what creates the story.

Click here to read the full interview.

NITA shares a deep history with Temple, as many of our past and present faculty and authors have been based at Beasley School of Law, including David Sonenshein, Tony Bocchino, JoAnne Epps, Sara Jacobson, Ken Jacobson—and even Mr. Epstein himself. Our thanks go to Mr. Epstein for his ongoing interest in NITA and Dr. Gomez’s work.

Purchase Jury Trials Outside In here.

Trial Advocacy Basics, Second Edition

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trialadvocacybasicscoverTrial Advocacy Basics  is a courtroom primer that helps both the novice advocate prepare for his first day in court and the practicing lawyer bring her skills in line with the most recent developments in trial advocacy. The second edition provides the modern perspectives on both the style and substance of case analysis, case theory, cross-examination, impeachment, closing arguments, and presenting information using technologies. Authors Molly Townes O’Brien and Gary Gildin relate practical advice on every stage of trial preparation and practice in a straightforward manner, using memorable examples and anecdotes to highlight each lesson.

Retail Price: $70

Order Here in: Print, Epub, or Mobi

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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