Midwin Charles & Associates LLC Newsletter
Spring 2008 Volume I
In This Issue
Media Coverage
Recent News
US Patents & Trademark
Trial Advocacy
Federal Court
Quick Links
Media Coverage

~Midwin Charles is at it again! She will appear on the Nancy Grace Show on CNN Headline News on June 3 from 8:00-9:00 PM EST and on TRU TV (formerly Court TV) on June 4 from 9:00-11:00 AM EST.

MC&A Welcomes New Staff!

Alicia N. Russell - Paralegal
Alicia joins us as an experienced paralegal. Having worked at several law firms, including Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, Alicia is well versed in the management of depositions, briefs, pleadings, and trial preparation. Alicia received her Bachelor of Science from the Fashion Institute of Technology where whe majored in Fashion Merchandise Marketing. A multi-talented woman with diverse interests, Alicia is also a licensed real estate sales agent and holds a Masters of Science in Banking and Real Estate at Mercy College. She is currently a real estate sales associate for Chateau Realty Group LLC.

Yannize S. Joshua - Summer Intern
Yannize is a native New Yorker and graduate of the University of Rochester where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in African and African-American Studies with a minor in Philosophy of Ethics. During her time in college, she was always cognizant of her civic responsibility, having served as a chairperson to the Black Students' Union for four years, as well as a member of Moot Court and Undergraduate History council. Since graduation, Yannize has been an active member of the National Association of University Women (NAUW) and is currently Co-Chair of Speial Events of WEEN-Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network. She plans on entering law school Fall 2008.

Kayla Tamiko Cameron - Summer Intern
Kayla is a high school student at the Brooklyn School for Global Studies and aspires to become a criminal justice attorney. Kayla excels in school and has been awarded the Student of the Month Award in Technology, the Highest Grade Point Average Earned Award in Biology, and is on the Silver Honor Roll.

~ Recent News ~

~Midwin Charles spoke on Freedom of the Press at the American Bar Association's International Section Spring 2008 Meeting in New York.

~Midwin Charles was a panelist at the Twelfth Annual Sylvania Woods Conference at the Washington College of Law, American University, where the topic was the Intersection between Media, Law & Politics. View webcast at:  

~MC&A successfully obtained a dismissal of outstanding warrants for arrest and the dismissal of drug charges for a client. MC&A also won a visa from the U.S. department of Homeland security for a client that was previously denied entry as a result of a U.S. criminal record.

U.S. Patents & Trademark - Opportunities For Law Students

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has created an innovative way for law students to become integrated in the field of Intellectual Property. The USPTO's Law School Clinical Certification Program will select students from three to five law schools to participate in a two-year pilot program to gain real-world knowledge by practicing law before the agency.

The selected students will have the choice to practice either patent or trademark law. In both programs, they will be responsible for drafting and filing of applications and actions, filing of appeals, as well as responding to final refusal and rejections. The participants of the program will be granted limited recognition of the law student attorneys after being deemed qualified by meeting the standards set forth by the USTPO. Applications from law schools to participate in the pilot Law School Clinical Certification Program are being accepted through May 30, 2008. Application information is available online at:

Source: United States Patent & Trademark Office, www.uspto.gov. United States Patent & Trademark Office. 21 April 2008.
Trial Advocacy - Best Practices

In April 2008 National Institute on Trial Advocacy (NITA) Notes, featured scholar Edward R. Stein, Managing Partner of Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, shares the best ways to make the most impact when using an electronic document display during trial. Stein notes that when documents are introduced into evidence to jurors, it is:
  • poster-size, making the font too small to be read;
  • directly in front of the jury box, obstructing the juror's eye line; and
  • if introduced in the "evidence book," there is no way to guarantee undivided attention to the section being discussed.
Stein's solution is document callout, a computer-generated projection of the relevant information to the document while keeping it a part of the context. By removing the important information, it keeps the juror engaged and focused on the exhibit on display without separating it from the whole document. In instances where the evidence is not typed, a re-keyed callout is the best option, an easy-to-read interpretation of the material at hand. Document callouts can be created with inexpensive computer programs such as PowerPoint.  For information on making great courtroom presentations, go to www.nita.org.

Source: NTIA Notes. http://nita.org.  21 April 2008

Federal Court - New York City's Battle Continues

For eight years, New York has fought to stop the rampant illegal gun trade affecting New York City. A federal court has thrown out the City's case against the gun industry, leaving the city to find another method to handle this problem.

On April 30, 2008 the U.S. Appeals Court for the Second Circuit threw out a case against the gun industry and ruled that gun manufacturers are protected by law. The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act bans lawsuits against the gun industry except in cases where the plaintiff could prove that the gun makers violated the law when selling or marketing their merchandise.  New York City's argument against the gun industry was based on the assumption that manufacturers must know that weapons will be sold to criminals frequently but the Appeals Court did not agree.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed that the fight for gun control in New York City will continue on all levels; "in the courtrooms, on the streets, and in Congress".

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/01/nyregion/01guns.html?emc=eta1
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