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May the Record Reflect

National Institute for Trial Advocacy
18 episodes
If you’re a litigator or trial lawyer, your life is full—in and out of the courtroom. May the Record Reflect is the podcast of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and we know that if something related to lawyering is interesting to us, chances are it’s interesting to you, too. Trial skills, office life, personal development, and more—it’s all fair game on May the Record Reflect.

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18: Now Presenting: Why You Need a Trial Tech to Run the Show, with Shannon Bales and Alicia Aquino

In Episode 18 of “May the Record Reflect,” we’re talking about something that’s all too often an afterthought when a case goes to trial: the electronic courtroom presentation. When expertly executed by a trial technologist, a trial presentation will provide you and your fact-finders one shortcut …

17: Can You Hack It? Protecting Electronic Client Data, with Helen Geib and BJ Moore

In Episode 17 of “May the Record Reflect,” we’re talking about cybersecurity for law firms: why it’s important, how to prevent hackers from accessing your clients’ electronic data, what to do if it happens, and what ethics canons have to say about it. Patent attorney and e-discovery expert Helen …

16. 50 Tips for 50 Years, Part 2

In this episode of May the Record Reflect , we continue our 50th anniversary celebration by picking up where we left off in Episode 15. Part II of this “50 Tips for 50 Years” mini-series gives you best practices for dealing with nerves at trial, how to improve your public speaking skills, and deli…

15: 50 Tips for 50 Years, Part 1

2021 marks fifty years of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy as the nation’s go-to gold standard in All Things Advocacy. Here on the podcast, we wanted to celebrate this year-long occasion with our gift to you: 50 trial tips for each of NITA’s 50 years. In this first episode of a special two…

14. Paper Chase, with Marc Miller and Allison Regan

In Episode 14 of “May the Record Reflect,” we gather insight on how to start your legal career against a daunting backdrop of covid, layoffs, and societal change. Listen as Dean Marc Miller of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and Allison Regan, professional development direc…

13. One on One on One, with Judge Mark Drummond and Carol Sowers

In Episode 13 of “May the Record Reflect,” communications specialist Carol Sowers returns, bringing Judge Mark Drummond with her, to talk about meeting needs of the trial community in the strange new world of Zoom. Video hearings, depositions, jury trials, and even conference calls are now the ne…

12. Career Development in the Time of COVID, with Amy Hancock and Tim Henderson

In Episode 12 of “May the Record Reflect,” we get tools, tips, and resources that will help you keep up momentum in your legal career development. Professional development officers Amy Hancock and Tim Henderson talk about making the most of the challenges—and opportunities—that the pandemic has bro…

11. Women in Law, with Judge Alia Moses and Nicole Westbrook

In Episode 11 of the podcast, we discuss issues that women face as legal practitioners. Guests Judge Alia Moses and civil litigator Nicole Westbrook talk about how their shared passion for the law forged their respective career paths and offer guidance for navigating the personal and professional…

10: Taking Trials in Stride, with Mental Performance Coach Will Murray

In Episode 10 , Boulder, Colorado-based coach Will Murray shares how trial lawyers can take the techniques of triathlon performance and endurance training that Murray specializes in and apply them to the endurance tests of litigation and trial practice. Much of it is mental, he notes, and tells us…

9. The Other “Bar” Association: Alcoholism in the Legal Community, with DeAnna Crosby

A joint ABA/Hazelden study in 2016 found significant rates of anxiety, depression, suicide, alcoholism, and addiction among licensed, employed lawyers in America. In Episode 9 , we hear from DeAnna Crosby, addictions specialist and clinical director of a dual-diagnosis treatment clinic in Southern…

8. Best Practices for Remote Hearings, with Judge Amy Hanley and Reuben Guttman

In Episode 8 of the podcast, we are joined by Kansas District Court Judge Amy Hanley and D.C. civil litigator Reuben Guttman to talk about how to get it right in video and telephonic hearings. The disruptions caused by the covid pandemic have suddenly moved the courtroom into your dining room, and…

7. The Write Stuff with Catharine DuBois

In Episode 7 of May the Record Reflect , we’re joined by Brooklyn Law School Assistant Professor of Legal Writing Catharine DuBois. Catharine serves as Program Director for NITA’s courses in persuasive writing, including an online version that starts next week. Among the topics she discusses with…

6. Serenity Now: Carol Sowers Being Poised in the Courtroom

In Episode 6 of the podcast, former tv news anchor Carol Sowers shares her tips for becoming more at ease in the physical side of your courtroom performance: how to speak with confidence, project a pleasing vocal quality, connect with jurors, tame your nerves, and rebound from your mistakes. Carol…

5. Rebecca Diaz-Bonilla’s “Foolproof” Tips for Professional Communication

In Episode 5 of the podcast, we are joined by international communications expert Rebecca Diaz-Bonilla. Rebecca got her start as a theatre major in college, but it was as a law student that she first became aware of how nerves and unpolished communication skills tripped up even the most brilliant …

4. What’s Love Got to Do with It? Stephanie Ledesma Knows

In Episode 4, we wrap up this week’s National Celebration of Pro Bon o by talking to Stephanie Ledesma . Stephanie is the Associate Dean of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law Experiential Education program in Houston and one of NITA’s national faculty members. In addition to developing curricula…

3. Here Comes the Judge—Robert McGahey

In Episode 3, Judge Robert McGahey chats with us about the importance of public service during this week’s National Celebration of Pro Bono . Judge McGahey presides over a civil docket in the Denver District Court. In his almost 20 years on the bench, he has also served in the criminal and domes…

2. Whitney Untiedt Puts the “Pro” in Pro Bono

In Episode 2 of NITA’s recognition of the National Celebration of Pro Bono here on the podcast, we are joined by Whitney Untiedt . Whitney is an attorney with Freidin|Brown in Miami, where she handles whistleblower and false claims actions, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury cases. Pre…

1. The “Deets” on the National Celebration of Pro Bono

In today’s inaugural episode of May the Record Reflect , we introduce you to NITA’s new podcast by talking to Annie Deets , one of NITA’s 100+ hour volunteers for 2018. Volunteerism is the theme for this season of the podcast because this week is the National Celebration of Pro Bono , an annual …