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Best Approach to Oral Arguments from the Bench?

Justice Clarence Thomas offers his thoughts in a recent New York Times article.

ABA Committee Proposes New Model Rule of Professional Conduct

The proposed amendment directly addresses harassment and discrimination.

Statistics and Law Practice

Data tracking can ultimately lead to increased success rates.

Articles »

Overworked and Underfunded: A Fair Trial Issue for Indigent Defendants

By Lori Mullins

To uphold the Sixth Amendment's right to a fair trial, public defenders need more resources.

Adapting the Collections Process to Accommodate Nontraditional Data Sources

By Steve Ramey and Katie Askey

Computer forensic investigation of mobile devices and social media requires unique considerations for each source.

Surety's Defense Against "Pay-If-Paid" Construction Clauses

By Michael Jay Rune II and Dana Chaaban

Despite a lack of privity with contractors during negotiations, courts may not enforce pay-if-paid clauses against sureties.

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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 »

January Call for Authors

The Minority Trial Lawyer Newsletter is seeking articles for its next issue, themed "Upcoming Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure."

Minority Trial Lawyers Publications Subcommittee

A call for editors and contributors. Contact editor Patricia Astorga if you are interested.

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.

MTL Seeks Contributors for Website

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


Minority Trial Lawyer Leadership

Cochairs Newsletter Editors Practice Points Editors

Patricia Astorga

New York, NY

Joseph M. Drayton

New York, NY

Randy E. Hayman

Washington, D.C.

Aaron Clay

Philadelphia, PA

Janice Arellano

Edison, NJ

William Panlilio

New York, NY

Handel Destinvil

Newark, NJ

Michael Huggins

San Francisco, CA

Sathima Jones

Philadelphia, PA