Book Review: ‘Kick-Ass Closings’ Gives Trial Lawyers the Tools to Win Cases

Criminal defense lawyer and author Michael Waddington.

Filled with closing argument gems, compelling quotations, and helpful charts, the new book Kick-Ass Closings: A Guide to Giving the Best Closing Argument of Your Life gives lawyers the firepower to deliver convincing closing arguments with minimal prep time. Created … Continue reading

The Cochran Firm Files Lawsuit Against Daycare Center That Created Viral Video of a Small Child Terrified of a Costumed Easter Bunny

National Trial Lawyers member Scott Leeds with The Cochran Firm announced the filing of a lawsuit in Osceola County Circuit Court against Around the World Learning Center after it reportedly violated a parental privacy agreement by videotaping the terrified reaction … Continue reading

Study may undermine asbestos-talc connection

A new study questioning the link between talc powder and asbestos may prove to be a weapon that defense attorneys seize upon in lawsuits over the possibility of baby powder causing cancer. The study compares the rates of mesothelioma between … Continue reading

How race affects jury selection

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A new study by a North Carolina law school is said to prove racial bias in jury selection. The study, by the Wake Forest School of Law, shows that prosecutors remove about 20 percent of African-Americans from jury pools, compared to … Continue reading

How sinus surgery can leave patients thinking they’re suffocating

Surgery to open up sinus airways is a relatively routine procedure. But one woman is bringing attention to a condition caused by her surgeon that left her “nightmarish,” according to HuffPost: Empty Nose Syndrome, or ENS, which writer Barbara Schmidt … Continue reading

Are traffic fatalities getting worse?

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According to the World Health Organization, 1.25 million people are killed in road traffic deaths every year. It’s the #1 cause of death among people aged 15-29. Nearly half of those killed are so-called “vulnerable road users,” such as pedestrians, … Continue reading

Video: Family of Alabama shooting victim still haven’t heard from police

The family of E.J. Bradford, Jr., the 21-year-old Alabama man mistakenly shot by police Thanksgiving night at a mall in the suburbs of Birmingham, tell CNN they still haven’t been contacted by police regarding the man’s death. National Black Lawyers … Continue reading

Counting hate crimes

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Just how many hate crimes are being committed in America? The FBI reports 7,175 hate crimes in 2017, a 17 percent increase according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC notes that the FBI’s total may be just a … Continue reading

The new wave of criminal justice reform

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A bipartisan criminal justice reform bill backed by President Trump may yet have a difficult time being passed by Congress, according to CNBC. The bill could save the federal government millions of dollars by reducing thousands of prison sentences. The … Continue reading

Infographic: How attorneys work with expert witnesses

Attorneys are turning more often to expert witnesses to help bolster their cases, and the ways they’re being used are evolving, according to a survey by The Expert Institute. More than 1,000 attorneys were surveyed by the Institute to find … Continue reading