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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words :)

Written By: Mary Margaret Clark Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy There is something happening that very few in the legal profession saw coming: emojis. Tiny pictures of facial expressions used in text messages and social media are now becoming the subject of legal disputes.[1] The lawsuits involving the images…


Where do the “Dreamers” go from here?

  Written by: Courtney Crampton Associate Editor, American Journal for Trial Advocacy Background of DACA As many have seen in the news over the past few months, the government is currently facing tension in deciding how to approach the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.[1] Before discussing the most recent…



The Marijuana Memos: Department of Justice on Balancing Federal Interests, Limited Resources, and State Oversight

Written By: Tiffany Jones Business Committee Chair, American Journal of Trial Advocacy On January 4, 2018, United States Attorney General Jefferson B. Sessions, III (Sessions) issued a memorandum to “All United States Attorneys.”[1]  The subject of the one-page memorandum: Marijuana Enforcement.[2] In the memorandum’s three paragraphs, Sessions rescinded all previous…







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…