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Then and Now: Dixon v. Providential Life Insurance Co.

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Dixon v. Providential Life Insurance Co. is one of NITA’s oldest case files. The original publication was written by James H. Seckinger and published in 1977,  and was included in a compilation book titled Cases in Trial Advocacy 1977-1978. The case examined the death of Judge John Dixon, whose wife found him with a gunshot wound to the head. She sued Providential Life Insurance Co. for failure to pay on his life insurance policy. Providential claimed that the death was not proven to be accidental, and instead claimed that Judge Dixon’s death was a suicide.

 

Today, Dixon v. Providential Life Insurance Co. looks just a little bit different than it did 35 years ago. Last updated in 2000, the case file has been adapted by NITA authors Edward R. Stein and Frank D. Rothschild, but has retained Seckinger’s original case summary. Dixon v. Providential Life Insurance Co. is now sold as its own case file, and as a Technology Case File includes an interactive DVD. It is one of NITA’s best-selling case files and is used in classrooms, programs, and trainings worldwide.

 

Books and case files must constantly be updated to retain relevancy and accuracy, and that is evident in this case file. While the summary has remained the same, facts and figures must be adjusted over time. For example, the original life insurance policy was for $50,000–in the 2000 edition, the claim is over a policy worth $250,000.

Learn more and purchase the newest edition here!

Book Report: Deposition Rules, 5th Edition

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This is part of a new Book Report series designed to introduce some of our favorite NITA publications. Some of the books we’ll write about are fresh off the press, while others are tried-and-true NITA favorites. For more book reports and information on our publications, check out our Publications page

Deposition Rules, 5th Edition

The Essential Handbook to Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How

By David M. Malone

For 18 years, practitioners have relied on Deposition Rules as a go-to resource for answers and information on deposition procedures. This fifth edition revision provides answers for the most common—and uncommon—deposition questions.

Author David Malone has separated the chapters in Deposition Rules with a ‘Who, What, When, Where, Why, How’ format. This user-friendly layout is intuitive and efficient, allowing practitioners to find answers to a specific question quickly. Malone addresses questions as basic as “When may you take a break?” and as complex as “What must be supplemented in a non-expert’s deposition?” Deposition Rules also includes Practice Comments, which provide specific, in-depth examples for many of the questions answered. Deposition Rules, 5th Edition, also references the 2010 updates of Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, as well as the complete 2011 rewrite of Federal Rules of Evidence.

This reference book is an essential resource for any busy practitioner. Deposition Rules can provide you with the confidence and information needed to excel at taking depositions.

About the Author

David M. Malone is widely regarded as one of the most influential trial consultants in America. He is an esteemed trial attorney, author, teacher and consultant, and has been a leader in courtroom communication and mock trial development.

David is also the bestselling author of The Effective Deposition (look for the fourth edition later this summer!)

ISBN: 978-1-60156-172-5 ∙ 118 Pages ∙ Retail Price: $35.00

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Book Report: Inside Jurors’ Minds

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This is part of a new Book Report series designed to introduce some of our favorite NITA publications. Some of the books we’ll write about are fresh off the press, while others are tried-and-true NITA favorites. For more book reports and information on our publications, check out our Publications page

Inside Jurors’ Minds:

The Hierarchy of Juror Decision-Making

Carol B. Anderson

Jurors rely on the same learned thinking tools in the courtroom that they use when making decisions in their everyday lives. By understanding these tools and the factors that influence them, you can more successfully present your case to a jury in court. Inside Jurors’ Minds by Carol B. Anderson discusses the thinking tools jurors’ rely on when making decisions, and explains how you can use this information to win over the jury.

Human traits such as fight-or-flight and self-preservation make it difficult for jurors to separate instinct from emotion, while personal beliefs and values affect jurors’ perceptions. These factors influence jurors’ opinions, both consciously and unconsciously. In Inside Jurors’ Minds, Anderson takes you step-by-step through this process of information interpretation and decision-making. By explaining the psychology behind these human traits from a juror’s perspective, the information is directly relevant to trial attorneys and easily applied in practice. The chapters are broken down into courtroom-specific psychological influences  including perception and information processing in the courtroom, memory, common juror biases, cultural norms and biases, and heuristics and other information-processing strategies. She concludes the book with a chapter on implementation, which provides sample opening and closing statements.

Anderson wrote, “It has been said that a mind is a terrible thing to waste. For trial lawyers, the thing not to be wasted is an understanding of how the mind works because we can use this information, along with our creativity, to benefit our clients” (157). This book will teach you how to understand jurors’s minds, influence their perceptions, and as a result, increase your success in the courtroom.

ISBN: 978-1-60156-181-7 ∙ 180 pages ∙ Retail Price: $45.00

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