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Out with the Ancient and in with the New: 2017 Changes to Federal Rule of Evidence 803(16)

Written by: Jillianne Pierce Articles and Online Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy In modern litigation it is not uncommon to see trial lawyers use various forms of electronic evidence in court proceedings. As a result of the proliferation of digital information over recent decades, courts have gradually allowed the…


Worthy v. City of Phenix City: Standing to Challenge the Constitutionality of a City’s Process for Contesting Traffic Citations Issued by Photographic Traffic Signal Enforcement Systems.

Written By: Harrison R. Jones Member, The American Journal of Trial Advocacy On October 6, 2017, the United States Court for the Middle District of Alabama granted the Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(1),[1] finding that the Plaintiffs did not have standing to claim a…


Rape Survivor Child Custody Act – Will it be enough to protect rape victims from the “second rape?”

Written By: Julianne Zilahy Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy Rape survivors are faced with physical and emotional trauma that can last throughout a lifetime. According to numerous studies, there are an estimated 25,000 to 32,000 rape-related pregnancies that occur every year.[1] After such an intimate and traumatizing violation, it…


Must Police Have a Search Warrant Before They Can Compel Mobile Phone Service Providers to Turn Over Data That Pinpoints a Suspect’s Physical Movements?

Written By: Jacey Mann Student Materials Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy With the “drop” of the new iPhone 8, and with the Android companies ever competing to stay “the best in the industry,” technology is advancing at miraculous speeds. Further, with companies, employers, and other business ventures hopping on…




Court-Funded Historical Attractions

Written By: Laura Yetter Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy In 2009, a bill introduced to the state legislature proposing alternative funding for the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences (“ADFS”), resulted in a statute requiring the state’s criminal court system to fund not only the ADFS, but the American Village…