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Hearsay, Part Three: Some 803 Exceptions

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NITA’s blog theme this September is Hearsay? Say What? Recognize It; Use the Rule at Trial At NITA programs, we train you to the daily thrill of advocating at trial. We ask you to perform constantly, using the rules of evidence. What about the evidence rules themselves? This month, we discuss one set of evidence rules that cannot […]

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Hon. Christopher McNeil: Administrative Law Judge, U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration

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Reposted with permission from The Federal Lawyer and written by NITA Legal Editor Marsi Buckmelter. The Hon. Christopher McNeil is the author of Administrative Agency Litigation which is available in print, Kindle eBook, and Apple eBook editions. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. once said that, “[t]he life of the law has not been logic; it has […]

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Making Lemonade Out of Lemons: Using the Ray Rice Domestic Violence Video to Teach Trial Skills

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written by NITA’s Program Development and Resource Director Mark Caldwell On September 8, the nation was shocked and entranced to witness the in-elevator recording of football star Ray Rice knocking out his then fiancée. Domestic violence plagues our culture, with one in four women facing it at least once in her life. Our society’s voyeuristic […]

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Hearsay, Part Two: Hearsay Exemptions

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NITA’s blog theme this September is: Hearsay? Say What? Recognize It; Use the Rule at Trial At NITA programs we train you to the daily thrill of advocating at trial. We ask you to perform constantly, using the rules of evidence. What about the evidence rules themselves? This month, we discuss one set of evidence rules that […]

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Hearsay Part One: When is a statement hearsay?

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NITA’s blog theme this September is: Hearsay? Say What? Recognize It; Use the Rule at Trial At NITA programs we train you to the daily thrill of advocating at trial. We ask you to perform constantly, using the rules of evidence. What about the evidence rules themselves? This month, we discuss one set of evidence rules […]

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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 Goal is 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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