National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Nov 21, 2018
Nov 21, 2018

"So much for so little" Written by NITA guest blogger, Mathew Paulose Jr., Esq. A deposition is a routine part of any case. Some however say an essential part. But that would be an exaggeration. Here's why: The purpose of a deposition is not all that important: One major purpose of a deposition is to discover the o...

Nov 14, 2018
Nov 14, 2018

"Some Inconvenient Truths About Depositions" Written by NITA guest blogger, Judge Robert McGahey Depositions are a vital part of civil practice, whether that practice be personal injury, contract, malpractice, etc. Depositions are also an important learning tool.  In today’s litigation environment, it’s harder and harde...

Nov 07, 2018
Nov 07, 2018

"Once Upon a Time in Deposition: Taking Better Depositions to Tell Better Stories" Written by NITA guest blogger, Chris Arledge, co-founder and managing partner of One LLP Lawyers need to be storytellers.  We know that.  We hear it all the time.  But storytelling plays almost no role in our day-to-day activities.  Many...

Oct 11, 2018
Oct 11, 2018

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 asked this question to seminar audi...

Aug 16, 2018
Aug 16, 2018

Opening Statements – The Opportunity to Tell Your Client’s Side of the Story: A 12-Step Guide (Part Two of Two) Written by NITA guest blogger William Webb Last week, we talked about the first six building blocks of opening statement.  This week, we will close out with the final six.  I want to start off this post with o...

Aug 09, 2018
Aug 09, 2018

Opening Statements – The Opportunity to Tell Your Client’s Side of the Story: A 12-Step Guide (Part One of Two) Written by NITA guest blogger William Webb When we stand up to provide an opening statement, we want to tell the jury our version of our client’s story.  But, how do we tell a story? Think back to a time wh...

Aug 02, 2018
Aug 02, 2018

How I Learned to Love the Opening Statement Written by NITA guest blogger, Senior Deputy District Attorney Amy Ferrin I love Brussels sprouts.  Tossed with olive oil and seasoning.  Roasted until the edges are a bit crispy.  Fantastic.  Maybe I like them because they are so good for me, or maybe I truly enjoy their unus...

Jul 19, 2018
Jul 19, 2018

Distilling Effective Rhetoric for Persuasive Opening Statements Written by NITA guest blogger Sara Jacobson1 Opening statement is the first time a lawyer gets to lay their case out to the jury. It is the first impression you make, and the first impression the jury takes about your case. You want the jury to believe you, t...

Jul 12, 2018
Jul 12, 2018

Objections in Openings Written by NITA guest blogger Sara Jacobson1 The purpose of opening statements is to lay out your theory of the case and to preview what you believe the evidence will be, but rules still apply.2 While not codified in the formal Federal Rules of Evidence, there are limits to what lawyers can do in s...

Jul 05, 2018
Jul 05, 2018

Opening Statements: How to Tell a Persuasive Story Written by NITA guest blogger and Program Director Michael Johnson “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...” "The magician’s underwear has just been found in a cardboard suitcase  floating in a stagnant pond on the outskirts of Miami." “First the Co...