Cristina Alonso

Cristina Alonso

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Practical Guidelines for Jury Instructions, Verdict Forms, and the Charge Conference (Part 3 of 5)

You have been asked to prepare a set of jury instructions and a verdict form for trial. What do you do? Where do you start? In my last op-ed, I discussed how to prepare for the charge conference. Now it’s time to talk...more

12/11/2014 - Charge Conferences Jury Instructions Trial Preparation

Practical Guidelines for Jury Instructions, Verdict Forms, and the Charge Conference (Part 2 of 5)

You have been asked to prepare a set of jury instructions and a verdict form for trial. What do you do? Where do you start? In my last op-ed, I offered advice on drafting jury instructions. Now I tackle how to prepare for...more

11/26/2014 - Charge Conferences Jury Instructions Jury Verdicts

Practical Guidelines for Jury Instructions, Verdict Forms, and the Charge Conference (Part 1 of 5)

You have been asked to prepare a set of jury instructions and a verdict form for trial. What do you do? Where do you start? Over the next several weeks, we will offer some basic guidelines for drafting jury instructions or...more

11/13/2014 - Jury Instructions Trial Preparation

Motions In Limine, Contemporaneous Objections, And The Need To Adequately Preserve The Record

Does your motion in limine sufficiently preserve your objection to the introduction of evidence at trial, or do you need to be on your toes to make a contemporaneous objection at trial? A recent Illinois decision illustrates...more

11/7/2014 - Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Motions in Limine Objection Procedures Record Preservation

Fifth District Reinstates Judgment Of Adoption

On May 21, 2014, the Fifth District Court of Appeal released: In the Matter of the Adoption of D.P.P., No. 5D13-1766 (Fla. 5th DCA May 21, 2014) (Not final until disposition of timely filed motion for rehearing), reversing an...more

5/23/2014 - Adoption

Same-Sex Couples And Assisted Reproductive Technology

On November 7, 2013, the Florida Supreme Court decided D.M.T. v. T.M.H., SC12-261, a case involving an issue of first impression in Florida—namely, whether Florida will apply the same principles to determine the parentage of...more

11/11/2013 - Artificial Reproduction Same-Sex Marriage

Tips For Trial Counsel On Planning, Preparation And Preservation: Creating Defensible Jury Instructions And Planning For A Charge...

Jury instructions are the mechanism that provides the jury with the proper legal structure to analyze the evidence that has been presented at trial. Without proper guidance through good instructions on the law, the jury is...more

2/12/2013 - Charge Conferences Jury Instructions Litigation Strategies Standing Objections

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