The Legal Advocate

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Monthly Theme: Storytelling Part Two

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Engaging the YouTube Attention Span Written by NITA Program Director and guest blogger, David Mann Ask yourself this: “When I see a video pop up on my social media feed – if the title has caught my attention and I’ve clicked play – how long do I give it before I click it off?” I’ve […]

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Asking Expert Witnesses for an Opinion ‘to a Reasonable Degree of Certainty’ Redux

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Written by NITA guest bloggers Iva Čechráková and Michael J. Dale A question has recently arisen regarding the rationale or basis for the use of the phrase “to a reasonable degree of certainty” in California. The question was posed, based upon our June 20, 2018, blog post, Why Do Lawyers Ask Expert Witnesses For An Opinion […]

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Impeaching The Adverse Expert

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Written by NITA guest blogger, Prof. Jules Epstein Rarely if ever will the cross-examining attorney know more about a subject than the expert witness being confronted.  Indeed, that is why discovery rules mandate pre-trial disclosure of expert reports – “They allow attorneys, not experts in the fields at issue, to prepare intelligently for trial and […]

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Monthly Theme: Storytelling Part One

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Everyone Has a Storyteller Inside Them Written by NITA Program Director and Guest Blogger, Terre Rushton “Everyone has a storyteller inside them, and everyone has a story to tell. James Joyce once said he never met an uninteresting person. The difference between people who seem interesting and people who don’t is their ability to turn […]

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The Trial Presentation Companion: A Step-by-Step Guide to Presenting Electronic Evidence in the Courtroom

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Written by award-winning legal technologist Shannon Lex Bales, The Trial Presentation Companion: A Step-by-Step Guide to Presenting Electronic Evidence in the Courtroom, is NITA’s first-ever comprehensive “how-to” manual on running electronic evidence in the courtroom. This face-saving guide will help you and your firm expand your comfort zone in working with all the bits and pieces […]

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