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News & Developments »

Supreme Court: Aereo, Inc., Infringes on Copyrighted Works

The Roberts Court rules that the Internet TV company violated the Transmit Clause.

Second Circuit Narrows Judicial Review of Agency Actions

The SEC and Citigroup sought to settle a federal fraud case with, among other things, the bank paying $285 million in fines.


New Trial Ordered in BP Obstruction of Justice Case Due to Juror Misconduct

A juror introduced extrinsic evidence after the jury was deadlocked.

Articles »

Telling Stories to Reverse the Tide: How Minorities Change Majorities

By Sidney K. Kanazawa and John G. McCabe

We use narratives to categorize, organize, and interpret incomplete information.

The Empty Chair: Party Officers and Amended Rule 45

By Jason M. Knott

Are officers and directors of a party corporation required to testify at trial?

Habit and Routine-Practice Evidence

By Ben Stone

An exception to the bar against proof of character.

Sound Advice »

audio Cultivating Juror Voir Dire Responses

By Cynthia Cohen

Connecting with jurors strengthens your case. Learn effective use of voir dire from jury consultant Cynthia Cohen. (12:02 min)


audio Tips on How to Best Prepare for Trial

By Lisa Marcy

Although there are no perfect ways to prepare for trial, experience has taught some tactics that are more effective than others. Listen as longtime litigator and teacher Lisa Marcy shares her strategies for preparing for a trial. (9:56 min)

audio Attorney Fees and Federal Rule 68 Offers of Judgment

By John Pinney

One way to avoid litigation is through the use of Federal Rule 68. John Pinney describes how itoperates and what you should consider when handling such an offer. (14:43 min)

Announcements »

Upcoming Sound Advice: "The Trial, From A to Z"

The committee is launching a new series of podcasts entitled "The Trial, From A to Z." The podcast series, which will run for several months, will be provided by authorities on handling the case from preparation to post-trial motions.


Volunteer to Write for the Website or Newsletter

We are looking for articles on trial practice and trial skills to publish on the website and in the quarterly committee journal.

Trial Practice Leadership

Cochairs Vice Chairs Journal Editors Website Editors

Joseph P. Beckmann

Minneapolis, MN

Theresa House

New York, NY

Douglas McCoy

Mobile, AL

Cynthia Cohen

Los Angeles, CA

Alana Bassin

Minneapolis, MN

Jim Shelson

Jackson, MS

Theresa Parrish

Albuquerque, NM

Jeremy Brown

Dallas, TX

Michael Sugarman

Los Angeles, CA

Sanket J. Bulsara

New York, NY

John Austin

Raleigh, NC

Benjamin Fleming

New York City, NY

Eric Goldberg

New York, NY