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Asked and Answered: Michael Johnson

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Next month features my favorite work week of the year: I will take a week off from editing and writing to serve as “concierge” to the program director, faculty, and attendees at our Building Trial Skills: Seattle program. It’s always the most edifying experience: meeting and supporting others so they may do what they came […]

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Trending: Life Imitates Case Files, Part II

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A couple weeks ago, we told you about a lawsuit involving pool floats that sounded straight out of a NITA case file. Well, here we go again, with a news report about someone in the beauty pageant world suing for defamation—or as it’s called here at NITA, Stanton v. Armstrong. Miss Florida Lost Her Crown; […]

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CodeX on Demonstratives

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★ ★ ★ ★ Stanford Law Blawg Rates NITA’s Demonstratives eBook CodeX, Stanford Law’s technology-oriented blawg, recently gave high marks to Demonstratives: Making Effective Graphics for Trial, a new eBook written by Los Angeles-based trial technologist and NITA author John Cleaves. CodeX Book Club, Chapter 17—John Cleaves: Demonstratives We’re thrilled to see John, a trial […]

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State v. Dawson, Second Edition

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From the American Mock Trial Association comes the second edition of State v. Dawson, a case file which delves into the outcome of a car crash. As the case goes, on September 24th, Vanessa Sullivan, daughter of Nita’s most prominent prosecutor, celebrated her 21st birthday with two friends, Taylor Hopson and Danny Dawson at a bar. After several […]

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Pool Float Lawsuit Rings a Bell . . .

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Last summer, USPTO patent judge and NITA author Ryan H. Flax wrote our very first case file on patent law, SwimTime Corp. v. Water-Fun, Inc., a complex case involving the alleged design infringement of pool floats. Yes. Pool floats. So, imagine our surprise here in the Publications Department when, a year later, we came across […]

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