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Cost Award Reversed in Truck Driver Negligence Case

The case is Toste v. CalPortland Construction.

Proceedings Stay for Discovery and Mediation Fails to Qualify for Trial Tolling

Five years is five years.

NJ Defense Attorneys Snooping on Facebook Face Ethics Probe

A word of advice to litigators involved in social media discovery: Take the high road.

Articles »

What Michael Jordan Can Teach Us About Cross-Examination

By Michael J. Satin

For starters, His Airness never stopped working on the fundamentals.

Resident Defendant Exception for Removal: A Clever Move or Legal Gamesmanship?

By Robert E. Sumner, IV, and Jennifer Braccia

You might win the admiration of the judge and opposing counsel in the procedural chess match.

Swamp Things: Some Highlights and Lowlights of the Reptile Theory

By Theresa W. Parrish

The old axiom "litigation is preparation" has never been more true.

Sound Advice »

audio Authentication of Social Media at Trial

By Somers Price

As the use of social media continues to grow, so does its importance as evidence. Somers Price outlines some best practices to help with this ever-changing world. (7:11 min)

audio Rule of Completeness

By Anthony Zeuli

Tony Zeuli explains that despite its seemingly straightforward definition, Rule 106 features many elements that attorneys should consider, especially during discovery. (12:50 min)

audio Testimony by Deposition

By Mike Williams

Veteran litigator Mike Williams discusses three strategic issues involved in using deposition transcripts in court proceedings. (12:50 min)

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

Douglas McCoy

Mobile, AL

Joseph Beckman

Minneapolis, MN

Jeffrey Gardner

Phoenix, AZ

Zascha Blanco

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Alana Bassin

Minneapolis, MN

Jim Shelson

Jackson, MS

Jeremy Brown

Dallas, TX

Theresa Parrish

Albuquerque, NM

Sanket Bulsara

New York, NY

Robert Sumner

Charleston, NC

John Austin

Raleigh, NC

Benjamin Fleming

New York, NY

Eric Goldberg

New York, NY