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Breaking News: Brendan Dassey to Be Released from Prison

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Brendan Dassey, one of the subjects of Netflix’s Making a Murderer documentary, has won another important legal battle, as he will be freed on his own recognizance during the appeal, which was filed by the Wisconsin Attorney General after a federal judge overturned Dassey’s conviction in August. Earlier this year, The Legal Advocate spoke with […]

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2016 Industry Icon Awards

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The 2016 Industry Icon Awards on November 16th in Philadelphia will showcase an elite group of honorees including NITA’s very own, Joanne Epps. Not only has Epps been a NITA faculty member for over 50 programs, but she is first and foremost the Provost & Executive Vice President of Temple University Beasley School of Law. […]

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Book Review: Alternatives to Litigation

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The Verdict, the quarterly magazine of the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia, reviews NITA books from time to time. Today, we are delighted to share Michael Sporer’s review of Alternatives to Litigation, by NITA authors Andrea Doneff and Abraham Ordover, reprinted below with permission and in its entirety. Our thanks to the Trial Lawyers […]

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Federal Rules of Evidence with Cues and Signals for Good Objections, First Edition

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In Federal Rules of Evidence with Cues and Signals for Good Objections, First Edition, knowing the technical bases for objections is not so difficult because law school covers that. However, the difficulty lies in recognizing a good objection very quickly when your opponent puts a question to a witness or starts using a document. This handy guide […]

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Blocking Statutes and the Hague Evidence Convention: Frustration for American Litigants in Transnational Litigation

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written by NITA guest bloggers Samantha E. Scheff and Michael J. Costello, II Blocking statutes are laws enacted in countries with the purpose of frustrating litigation in the United States by prohibiting the production of evidence in courts in the United States that otherwise have jurisdiction[1]. International litigation in courts in the United States between […]

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