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Instruct the Jury Accurately on Witness Credibility

Given the nature of my involvement in cases, I’m not often present in the courtroom when the jury receives its instructions. But I remember one time that I was. As the judge read out the sections focusing specifically on the...more

Make Your Redirect Something Other Than a Repair Job

Her key witness is still on the stand. Direct examination went well, and now the other side’s cross-examination is just wrapping up. Standing up for redirect, the attorney looks at her notes: Coming out of cross, there’s a...more

Ask Social-Circle Questions

Do you think you miss valuable information in voir dire? What about your friends and colleagues who are trial lawyers: Do you think they miss valuable information in voir dire?...more

Turn Your Passive Juror Into an Active Advocate: Seven Ways

Persuading a group that will then go off and deliberate is a unique persuasive setting. In a way, it can be called ‘Second Order’ persuasion, because it isn’t just about the person being convinced in the moment they’re...more

Dante’s Guide: Preparing the Grand Jury Witness

...The grand jury witness finds himself or herself in a position not unlike that of the Italian poet at the beginning of his trek through the Divine Comedy. The federal grand jury is one of the most powerful, secret and...more

“Legalweek, The Experience” 2017 is One Week From Today!: eDiscovery Trends

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What is “Legalweek, The Experience”, you say? LegalWeek is LegalTech New York, along with six other “events-within-an-event” that will be going on next week in New York at the New York Hilton Midtown, starting next Tuesday,...more

Choreography for the Courtroom - Part Two: The Performance

by McManis Faulkner on

The rehearsals are over and the morning of the big performance has arrived. Emotions are high and the anxiety in the air is thick. It is time to execute what you have been practicing and hope you receive a standing ovation...more

Choreography for the Courtroom - Part One: The Rehearsals

by McManis Faulkner on

As an actress and dancer, I know how important it is to ensure that the members of your cast know their lines, the choreography and are ready to stay on their toes to compensate for any mistakes that are made during a live...more

From Federal Procedure Rules to State Bar Association Rules —Lawyers Need Tech Skills to Remain Competent

by Butler Snow LLP on

Today, amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate, Civil, Criminal, and Bankruptcy Procedure go into effect. Based on these amendments, litigators may want to brush up on their tech skills. In fact, litigators may be...more

Pro Bono Q&A: How One Law Firm Is Helping a California City Curb Gun Violence

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A JD Supra Pro Bono Profile: Q&A with Farella Braun + Martel partner Tony Schoenberg about his work related to a Sunnyvale, Calif., ordinance that bans the possession of large-capacity gun magazines. ...more

A Reminder From the Seventh Circuit on the Importance of Creating a Record

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

When the court makes an evidentiary ruling off the record, it is required to enter on the record an explanation of the reasoning behind its decision. See, e.g., United States v. Nolan, 910 F.2d 1553, 1559 (7th Cir. 1990); 28...more

Friending and Following Jurors: The Ethical Boundaries of Researching Jurors on Social Media

by Butler Snow LLP on

What are the ethical boundaries of an attorney’s internet research of jurors? Before the ubiquity of the internet, an attorney obviously couldn’t walk up to a potential juror in a restaurant and strike up a conversation. But...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: ResCap Report, a Bargain at $83 Million

by Bloomberg Law on

April 10 (Bloomberg Law) -- Why the Residential Capital LLC examiner's report will cost almost $83 million is the first item on the new Bloomberg bankruptcy video with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and Bloomberg News bankruptcy...more

The Mexican Anti-money Laundering Law

by Giancarlo Schievenini on

On October 17, 2012, Mexico's Ministry of Finance published the Federal Law for the Prevention and Identification of Transactions from Illegal Funds (Ley Federal para la Prevención e Identificación de...more

Criminal Court System

by Kenneth Vercammen, Esq. on

The following contains some pertinent information that might be of help to you as you become involved in the criminal justice system as a victim or witness. Apprehension and Arrest of the Accused There are three basic...more

Criminal Arrest Defense

by Kenneth Vercammen, Esq. on

CRIMINAL & MUNICIPAL COURT DEFENSE Thank you for contacting Kenneth Vercammen & Associates, PC for representation in a Criminal or Municipal Court matter. Representation/ What We will do for you. We will review and research...more

Criminal Appeals

by Kenneth Vercammen, Esq. on

Contempt of Court in New Jersey The judge must follow the following Rules and Statutes before fining someone for contempt of court: Rule 1:10-1. Summary Contempt in Presence of Court A judge conducting a judicial...more

Protecting Your Rights After a DWI/DUI in Louisiana

by Seth Bloom on

Attorney Seth Bloom explains how to handle the events surrounding an arrest for DUI or DWI in the State of Louisiana....more

Pleading Template: Sacramento California

by Kate Fitz on

"Where do I get pleading paper?" is one of the most common questions our self-represented litigants ask us. This is an MSWord template for pleadings and other papers for use in the state courts of California. It is currently...more

In Defense of the Expert Witness

by IMS ExpertServices on

The U.S.'s partisan/adversarial expert witness system came under critique from several quarters in 2008. This brief article argues that conflicting expert opinions may be a sign of the health of the system, not of disease....more

Proposed Expert Witness Code of Ethics

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Legal journalist Robert Ambrogi proposes a Code of Ethics to guide the conduct of expert witnesses. This article is a companion piece to his article "Proposed: A Lawyer's Code of Expert Ethics," which proposed a code of...more

Top 10 Expert Witness Cases of 2008

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Legal blogger Robert Ambrogi weighs in with our picks of the 10 most important expert witness cases of 2008. ...more

How to use research on religious affiliation at trial

This article reviews the social sciences research on religion and discusses how attorneys can use this information in voir dire and case presentation. Three experienced ASTC-member trial consultants weigh in and the authors...more

Helping Witnesses Remember More

Basic psychological research shows that you can help your eye witnesses to remember more using a simple strategy: have them close their eyes! Read about how this works and see experienced ASTC-member trial consultants...more

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