The Legal Advocate

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Monthly Theme: Hearsay Part Two

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Direct, Hearsay, and [Proper] Bolstering Written by NITA guest blogger Professor Jules Epstein It is a fundamental tenet that a witness has to present a ‘fresh’ version of her story, and may not be asked or permitted to say “well, here is what I told my friends.”   It is not what the jury came to […]

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New York Evidence with Objections – Fifth Edition

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Authors Lissa Griffin, Michael Mushlin, Jo Ann Harris, Anthony Bocchino, and David Sonenshein bring you the fifth edition of New York Evidence with Objections. This 4-by-6 inch reference guide to New York evidence travels easily to the courtroom or the classroom, a handy guide which enables you to quickly reference objections and responses during trial! Because […]

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ABA/NITA San Diego 2018

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written by guest blogger Mark Drummond “This Monday I tried my first jury trial. After 15 minutes, the jury returned a verdict in favor of my client. This training contributed to my level of confidence, efficiency and to my client and her three children having a roof over their heads.” -Letter from attorney with Legal […]

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Congratulations to Judge L. Felipe Restrepo, Mark Caldwell, and Spencer Pahlke – 2018 Award Receipents

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NITA’s Executive Director Wendy McCormack attended the Educating Advocates Conference at Stetson University College of Law where many NITA folks were award recipients. A huge congratulations to Judge L. Felipe Restrepo, Mark Caldwell, and Spencer Pahlke on their awards. Judge L. Felipe Restrepo, who became a NITA faculty member many  years ago and continues to […]

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From the Director’s Desk: May 2018

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I have an obsession with time. It is a fascinating thing―it breeds acknowledgement of things past, gives focus to things present, and instills a vision of things future. Time is a continuum. It can create a sense of accomplishment, or of laziness. It allows us to reflect on the impact of our activities as well […]

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  • Promote justice through effective and ethical advocacy.
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