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Civil Litigators’ Insights from the District Attorney’s Office

Renee Miller & Cabell Clay
North Carolina Lawyer
November 2013

Litigation Member Renee Miller and Litigation Associate Cabell Clay authored an article that was published in the November 2013 issue of North Carolina Lawyer, the North Carolina Bar Association’s quarterly magazine.  Their piece, “Civil Litigators’ Insights from the District Attorney’s Office,” shares details of Moore & Van Allen’s partnership with the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office.  It also provides the following “litigation insights,” which Miller and Clay gained during their respective six-month assignments as assistant district attorneys:

• Determine the ultimate goal and achieve it efficiently
• Know your judge
• Jury selection is key
• Consider the jury’s perspective
• Understand your witnesses
• Expect the unexpected

“Our most striking insight through this experience has been gaining a fuller understanding of the talent and commitment of the local ADAs and their contribution to the community.”

Miller served on special assignment with the DA from August 2012 through February 2013. Clay has been serving with the DA since June 2013, and will return to her normal practice at MVA on December 2.