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Volume 1, Number 5

November 2016: NAGTRI Journal

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Pitfalls in Rule 30(b)(6) Depositions of Law Enforcement Authorities

Olha N.M. Rybakoff, Senior Counsel, Tennessee Attorney General's Office
This article explores the special problems that arise when a defendant notices the deposition of a civil enforcement plaintiff under Fed. R. Civ. P. 30(b)(6) seeking information about the government's case. While depositions of government agencies are explicitly permitted under Rule 30(b)(6), unique problems arise when the agency happens to be a government law office serving as trial counsel in an enforcement action and also conducted or supervised the underlying investigation.

Powers and Duties Decisions

Emily Myers, NAAG Antitrust and Powers and Duties Chief Counsel
This article reports on decisions across the country affecting the powers and duties of state attorneys general.

Ethics Corner - To Blog or Not to Blog

Hedda Litwin, NAAG Cyberspace Law Chief Counsel & NAGTRI Program Counsel
This is an ongoing column exploring various ethical topics relevant to attorneys general and other government attorneys. Look for the Ethics Corner in each issue of the quarterly NAGTRI Journal.

U.S. Supreme Court Brief Writing Style Guide: Part 2 - General Considerations and Prefatory Sections

Dan Schweitzer, Director and Chief Counsel, NAAG Center for Supreme Court Advocacy
In the second of a style guide series, Dan Schweitzer, director and chief counsel of NAAG's Center for Supreme Court Advocacy, shares his insights and expertise in crafting a well written U.S. Supreme Court brief.

Presidential Council Issues Report Arguing that Ballistics Testimony Should Not be Admitted as Evidence

Amie Ely, Director, NAGTRI Center for Ethics and Public Integrity and NAGTRI Program Counsel
On Sept. 19, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) issued a report titled "Forensic Science in Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity of Feature-Comparison Methods.". This article introduces PCAST and provides an overview of the 174-page report and its recommendations to judges across the nation.

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