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Blurring the Lines Between Infringement and Inspiration

The verdict that could affect popular music.


Balancing the First Amendment and Anti-Hate Lessons on College Campuses

Was expulsion for fraternity members justice—or censorship?


Alabama Chief Justice's Tantrum Creates Hodgepodge of Same-Sex Marriage Policies

Failure to follow state law over federal court's order will reportedly result in reprimand.


Articles »

Radical Cross-Examinations

By Nilay U. Vora

Consider strategically foregoing a deposition and cross-examining a witness “cold” at trial.

Persuasive Techniques for the Defense of Employment Cases

By Portia R. Moore

Develop your story of the case at the onset of litigation, and use it as your theme at trial.


Procedural Due Process Rights in Cases of Prosecutorial Misconduct

By Michelle D. Golden

The legal system can preserve procedural due process rights by remedying prosecutorial misconduct.


Ask a Mentor »

Confused? Concerned? Curious? Need advice? MTL mentors will answer your questions about professional development, career building, firm relationships, and work-life balance. Submit your own anonymous question.

How Can a Young Associate Become Involved in a Firm's Business-Development Initiatives?

Start with seeking out opportunities and seeing them through.


Sound Advice

audio Anatomy of a Construction Defect Case

By Ellen Greiper and Eric Cohen

An overview of this specific type of litigation and some tips on how best to handle these cases, which present several unique scenarios and challenges for attorneys. (12:41 min)

audio The Transition from Prosecutor to Private Practice

By Andre Caldwell

Making the switch from the public sector to private realm can be challenging. Listen as former prosecutor Andre Caldwell shares advice on how to make this transition go smoothly. (7:29 min)

audio Best Practices for Pretrial Discovery and the Use of Experts

By Joe Hanna

Joe Hanna gives tips on conducting pretrial discovery and using experts to help give you the advantage. (9:10 min)



Announcements »

SAVE THE DATE! Roundtable on Leadership—Tuesday, Dec. 16

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee presents the Roundtable Navigating Leadership in the Section of Litigation: Becoming Involved in Leadership. Join us on Dec. 16, 3 p.m. EST. To register, click here.


Diverse Litigator Speaker's Directory

The Section of Litigation is creating a Diverse Litigator Speaker's Directory. If you would like to volunteer to be considered as a speaker please sign up by completing the Speaker Information form.


CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2015 Diversity Leadership Award

The ABA Section of Litigation is accepting nominations for the 2015 Diversity Leadership Award.

MTL Seeks Contributors for Website

The committee is currently inviting contributors for the News & Developments section of our website. Contact editor Patricia Astorga if you are interested.


Minority Trial Lawyer Leadership

Cochairs Editor-in-Chief Newsletter Editors Web Editors
Joseph M. Hanna

Buffalo, NY

Jorge Mestre

Miami, FL

Nikki Odom

Chicago, IL

Patricia Astorga

New York, NY


Book Chair

Maryann B. Zaki

Houston, TX

William Panlilio

New York, NY


Janice Arellano

Philadelphia, PA

Michael Huggins

New York, NY