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Appeals in the Federal Courts: From Protecting the Record to Oral Argument

American Bar Association • Section of Litigation, Summer 2006
Although most practitioners have experience drafting pleadings in trial courts, not many have extensive experience drafting appellate pleadings. Still fewer have had an opportunity to file and argue an appeal in federal court. The nature of litigation is such that most of our collective time as atto… Read More
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Litigating Damages and Attorney Fees in Section 1983 Litigation: Capitalizing on the Law

American Bar Association • Section of Litigation, Spring 2006
Section 1983 is the vehicle by which plaintiffs seek compensation for violations of their constitutionally protect- ed rights. This article addresses the framework of section 1983 claims generally and specific issues related to damages, taxation of recoveries, and attorney fees. 42 U.S.C. Section 19… Read More
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Attorney-Client Privilege and Work-Product Doctrine: Maximizing the Privileges

American Bar Association • Section of Litigation, Winter 2006
Becoming familiar with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure regarding discovery will make litigating your federal case less burdensome and will allow you to concentrate more on coming up with a winning strategy. Rules 26–37 set forth the pretrial discovery mechanisms available to litigants in fede… Read More
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Your First Expert Deposition: Taking the Expert’s Deposition

American Bar Association • Section of Litigation, Fall 2005
This article is the second in a two-part series of articles designed to aid beginning lawyers as they approach their first expert deposition, as well as serve as a refresher for more seasoned lawyers. Prior to the expert’s deposition, you have painstakingly prepared for that deposition, as discuss… Read More
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Preparing for Your First Expert Deposition

American Bar Association • Section of Litigation, Summer 2005
This article is part one of a two-part series designed to aid beginning lawyers as they approach their first expert deposition and also serves as a refresher for more seasoned young attorneys. Up until this point of your client’s lawsuit, you have done everything right to either prosecute or defen… Read More

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