Indiana Court of Appeals Chief Judge Nancy Vaidik and Legal International Communications Coach Rebecca Diaz-Bonilla’s latest book, Point Well Made, teaches its readers how to effectively argue a motion before a judge. With invaluable perspectives from both on and off the bench, they teach you not only what to prepare before the hearing, but also how to be nimble and responsive upon arrival.
Vaidik and Diaz-Bonilla are both NITA Faculty who have continued to teach and specialize in oral advocacy for years. Diaz-Bonilla has been a Communication Specialist at several of our Custom Programs for the last 6 years. Vaidik has served as Program Director for both Custom and Public NITA programs since 2003 and has been part of the Faculty for more than 100 programs. Both Vaidik and Diaz-Bonilla have years of experience when it comes to arguing motions and therefore, you will gain the skills you need to feel more confident.
Point Well Made is a hands-on, practical guide that helps you devise your theme, persuasively relay your facts, simplify the law, prepare the right notes for the hearing, gain insight into your particular judge so you can customize your argument, and deliver the motion with confidence.
Retail Price: $60
Available in: Print
by Professor Anthony Bocchino and Paul J. Zwier
In a successful litigation, it isn’t enough to know the facts. You must also know how to interpret and use those facts, and thoughtfully delving into the stories behind them is a crucial task if you hope to prevail for your client. Fact Investigation, by longtime NITA authors Paul Zwier and Anthony Bocchino, will change the way you approach cases for the rest of your career.
The Second Edition is fully revised, with special emphasis on the impact of the proposed Federal Rules Civil Procedure changes, and features an important new chapter on e-discovery. Rare is now the case that doesn’t involve some form of electronic evidence, and every litigator must know the ever-expanding issues surrounding it. Find out how e-discovery strategies differ from plaintiff to defendant and how to manage your client’s competing rights to both speech and privacy in our highly discoverable online world.
Retail Price: $55
by Bruce G. Berner
Judicial opinions are a wonderful tool to introduce students to certain principles embedded in the evidence rules, but the problem method of learning is a more efficient way for student to not only comprehend the purposes of the rule, but also to gain confidence in working with those rules.
Evidence Problems presents a set of problems designed primarily as supplementary material for an introductory course in Evidence. These problems allow the first-time evidence student to gain a working knowledge of how the rules work in connection with a set of recurring trial situations. Some problems are designed to be used after a lecture or a discussion of casebook, rulebook, or textbook material. Other problems are designed to cement a student’s understanding of the purpose and operation of a given rule of evidence. Evidence Problems also presents review problems for students to work through on their own.
Evidence Problems can also be used to help trial advocacy or trial practice students review the rules.
Retail Price: $45
Three days before his death, Kenneth Fletcher was found unconscious on the floor of Gene Bloodworth’s condo. Bloodworth claims that Fletcher broke into his home and had a knife. Bloodworth also claims he was defending himself when he struck Fletcher and knocked him out. Fletcher claimed that he and Bloodworth had been drinking together that night and that Bloodworth invited him to his condo and then attacked him.
Three days after the incident at Bloodworth’s condo, Fletcher was found dead. Cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head. Bloodworth was charged with first degree murder and has pleaded not guilty. He contends that he was acting in self-defense and that Fletcher’s alcoholism contributed to his death.
There are four witnesses for both sides, including forensic pathologist experts. This criminal case file is designed to be used as a full trial.
With the benefit of more than twenty-three years of trial observation and juror feedback, Judge Joseph F. Anderson Jr. distills his thoughts on how to master the fundamentals of trial advocacy, develop advanced skills, and win arguments before judges and juries.
Learn more about the book and buy your copy on the LexisNexis website.