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Strange v. Wrigley, Third Edition

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Strange3dAuthor Andrew P. Rodovich delivers a compelling case file centered around the issue of self-defense. In this personal injury case, the plaintiff, William Strange, drinks at a local bar and then believes he is entering his friend David Cunningham’s home. However, to William’s surprise he walks into the defendant, James Wrigley and his wife Kathy’s home instead. James shoots him twice, claiming self defense. Now, William is suing to recover for his injuries. This case file is a good practice for the beginning student in developing basic trial skills.

Retail Price: $38.00

Purchase now in Epub (ipad, Kobo, Nook, Sony).

Jury Trials Outside In, First Edition

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Outside In COVERIn this guide, Jury Trials Outside In, First Edition, author Dr. Melissa M. Gomez speaks to the psychology of all people involved in a case and how the psychology affects the manner in which we make decisions and communicate at trial. She explains that each person influences the way a case is presented and received by a jury including attorneys, judges, and witnesses. Furthermore, this guide helps attorneys take a step back to address the big picture of a case and examine with another viewpoint. It serves as a helpful companion to both the novice and the experienced litigator as well as anyone who is intrigued by the psychology behind a jury trial.

State v. Diamond/State v. Doyle

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Diamond6th coverNITA’s State v. Diamond/State v. Doyle contains and interesting juxtaposition as author James H. Seckinger writes the case file with two different outcomes. The main plot focuses on a man and a woman (Mr. Diamond and Ms. Doyle) who are in an enclosed space when suddenly, shots are fired and one person dies at the scene while the other is charged with homicide. As this case is designed to be tried twice, one version depicts Mr. Diamond as the deceased while the other version depicts Ms. Doyle. Both versions contain the exact same facts with only one difference: the gender of the defendant and victim switches. The case file contains four witnesses for the State and two for the Defense as well as exhibits.

Retail Price: $38

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United States v. Clark

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In NITA’s case file, United States v. Clark, Andre Clark has been charged with bank robbery after the Main Street Bank was robbed by three unknown individuals. An anonymous caller reported to 911 that he/she saw three individuals run from the bank and followed them. He/she reported the individuals then switched cars and stopped at a house. Based on this call, agents went to the reported house and searched it, finding a handgun, $12,000 dollars, and a mask. The three men at the residence, including Andre Clark were arrested.

The case file includes three witnesses for the State and two for the defendant. A DNA expert may be called by either party as well. The CD included contains exhibits in the file, bank surveillance photos, and aerial photos of the robbery location.

Retail Price: $38

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NITA Faculty Brian Johnson, Marsha Hunter Release New Book Edition

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theArticulateAdvocateIn the fully updated second edition of their groundbreaking book The Articulate Advocate: Persuasive Skills for Lawyers in Trials, Appeals, Arbitrations, and Motions, NITA faculty members Brian Johnson and Marsha Hunter teach attorneys how to develop a distinctly individual style adaptable to any advocacy challenge. While the first edition focused on trial lawyers, this new, second edition is expanded to be inclusive of jury trials, bench trials, mock trials, motions practice, appeals, and arbitrations.

The Articulate Advocate provides immediately useful techniques for advocates to:

• Channel that initial adrenaline buzz.
• Grab and hold the fact finder’s attention.
• Gesture while speaking, showing while telling.
• Speak in phrases and control your pace.
• Plan to forget, then recover with confidence.
• Practice productively to be primed to perform.

The new edition includes a new chapter on applying skills to the specific stages of trial, a section on working with electronic evidence, all new illustrations, and added appendices on delivery skills for arbitrations, motions, and appeals.

Hunter comments, “Trial skills are specific and teachable, and every great trial lawyer has to learn them. Brian Johnson and I observe lawyers in action, and then coach them one-on-one. We teach the stylistic, persuasive technique of speaking well while thinking as a trial lawyer in action: addressing fact finders, coping with objections, remembering the best arguments, and thinking on your feet. This new edition of The Articulate Advocate contains our best ideas, distilled after working with tens of thousands of lawyers over the years.”

Johnson and Hunter also collaborated on The Articulate Attorney: Public Speaking Skills for Lawyers and The Articulate Witness: An Illustrated Guide to Testifying Confidently Under Oath.

“This book is an essential part of the tool kit for anyone who really wants to be a skilled advocate. It is an investment in you, your career, and your clients.”
─Jami Wintz McKeon, Chair, Morgan Lewis and Bockius LLP

AUTHORS Brian K. Johnson and Marsha Hunter are communication consultants who train attorneys to speak confidently and persuasively in all settings. They are principals in Johnson & Hunter, Inc. (johnson-hunter.com), with legal clients in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe. For decades, they have been communication specialists for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and they train all new Assistant United States Attorneys at the Department of Justice National Advocacy Center. Their in-house clients include firms that occupy the top 50 in annual lists as well as half of the Wall Street Journal’s “fearsome foursome” of litigation.

eBooks are available for purchase for your Kindle or iOs (Apple) eReader.

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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