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Use Best Litigation Practices Within the Boundaries of Evidence Rules and Procedure

No case can be won on sheer brilliance alone. Evidence is the backbone on which effective advocacy is borne. Are you making the best use of all types of evidence in each case? In a day of intense study, our experienced attorney faculty will share their tips on how to recognize key evidence and then traverse the obstacle course of qualifying rules and opposing counsel's attempts to strike it, to deliver it to the decision maker unscathed and introduce it for maximum impact. Learn to use the rules of evidence with surgical precision - enroll today!

  • Learn what you must and cannot do in getting evidence admitted and excluded, lest you ruin your case.
  • Gain advanced strategies and tips for overcoming obstacles regarding the authentication of social media and email evidence.
  • Examine the differences between common and statutory law, and state and federal rules in controlling admissibility.
  • Save time by maximizing your use of stipulations early in the case.
  • Learn to quickly spot the admissibility potential of evidence - and save yourself fruitless efforts.
  • Explore specific problems you may face in getting evidence admitted and get solutions from experienced attorney faculty.
  • Understand what information must be provided for expert witnesses to form their opinions.
  • Cover all your bases when qualifying your experts and verifying their theories and methodologies.
  • Get reliable litigation tactics for supporting and attacking evidence at trial.
  • Find out how recent court rulings are shaping the litigation practice today.

    9:00 - 9:50, Laura H. Budd
    1. Determine Applicability of Rules: State and Federal
    2. Is it Hearsay?
    3. Is it Relevant?
    4. Reasons to Exclude
      1. Exclusion on Grounds of Prejudice, Confusion, or Waste of Time
      2. Other Reasons Based on the Types of Evidence
        1. Character Evidence or Evidence of Habit
        2. On Subsequent Remedial Measures
        3. Of Witness Credibility
    5. Is the Evidence Authentic?
    6. Is There a Proper Foundation?
    7. If Evidence is a Writing, a Recording or a Photograph, is the Best Evidence Rule Satisfied?
    8. Admissibility of Evidence of Subsequent Remedial Measures
    9. Stipulations
    10. Proper Way to Introduce Items Into Evidence
    9:50 - 10:40, Brian C. Focht
    1. Proper Data Mining and Gathering Procedures
    2. Does the Evidence Have a Proper Foundation?
    3. Is it Hearsay?
    4. Does the Evidence Have Distinctive Characteristics?
    5. Is the Evidence What the Proponent Claims?
    6. Linking the Evidence to the Purported Author
    7. Overcoming Admissibility Obstacles
    10:55 - 11:45, Anderson T. Ellis
    1. Formal Exceptions to Hearsay
    2. FRE 801(d) Exceptions
    3. Anticipating and Minimizing Hearsay Objections
    4. Hearsay in the Direct Examination of Your Client: How to Elicit What You Need Without Inviting Hearsay
    5. Hearsay Problems When Your Client, or Opposing Party, is Deceased
    6. Hearsay in Medical Records: When it Comes in, When it Doesn't
    7. Recent Case Law
    12:45 - 1:35, Anderson T. Ellis
    1. Qualification
    2. Opinions and Firsthand Knowledge
    3. Deposition/Examination Procedure
    4. Impeachment
      1. Prior Inconsistent Statements/Contradiction
      2. Bias
      3. Character-Related
      4. Other
    5. Dealing With Missing Witnesses, Evidence and Documents
    6. Disclosures to Opposing Counsel
    7. Complying With the Scheduling Order
    1:35 - 2:25, Jack W. Stewart Jr.
    1. Assessing the Potential Weight of Scientific Evidence
    2. Qualifying Experts and Verifying Methodologies/Theories
    3. Admissibility of What You Give Your Expert
    4. The Logistics of Obtaining, Analyzing and Admitting Expert Opinion Reports
    5. Looking out for Red Flags and Errors
    2:40 - 3:30, Jack W. Stewart Jr.
    1. Chain of Custody/Care and Handling/Spoliation
    2. Technical Methods of Preparing and Defending Motions in Limine
    3. Rules Regarding the Use of Demonstrative Exhibits
    4. Common Mistakes in Introducing Evidence and Testimony at Trial
    5. Presenting Deposition Records Without Boring Decision Makers to Tears
    6. Contemporaneous Objection Rule
    7. Curtailing Speaking Objections
    8. Bench (Sidebar) Conferences
    9. Instructing the Jury to Disregard Information When Objection is Sustained
    10. Practical Case Studies: Best Ways of Getting Evidence Excluded and Admitted
    3:30 - 4:30, R. Steven DeGeorge
    1. Facilitating Efficiency, Reliability and Overall Fairness of the Adversary Process
    2. Complying With Time Constraints
    3. Asserting and Challenging Privileges Under Rule 502(d)
    4. Abusive Litigation Practices and Their Remedies
    5. Keeping the Client Informed
    6. What to do When Your Client is Dishonest

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