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The Rules of Evidence Simplified

The rules of evidence are constantly evolving in response to court decisions, technological advances in discovery, and changes to various state rules. It can be an onerous task to continuously analyze and apply them to your cases. How confident are you in your skills when it comes to gathering and working with expert witness testimony, email/ESI and the technicalities of hearsay? Learn from our experienced faculty as they explore key court decisions involving admissibility and practically apply the rules of evidence to common evidentiary challenges you face during litigation. Untangle the intricate web of evidence rules and procedures - enroll today!

  • Gain veteran tips on applying the rules of evidence at each stage of the litigation process, from discovery to trial.
  • Learn how to effectively analyze, authenticate, admit and exclude the most complex types of evidence.
  • Find out what red flags to look for when handling email and other ESI.
  • Explore hearsay in depth and get a concrete understanding of what constitutes hearsay.
  • Clearly link your evidence to your case with proven presentation skills.
  • Be prepared to argue relevance and get experts and evidence admitted (or excluded) in court.

  1. THE "BIG SIX" ADMISSIBILITY QUESTIONS
    9:00 - 9:45, Kammi Mencke Smith and Benjamin Rascoff
    1. QUESTION #1: Is it Authentic? (If Not, How do I Authenticate/Identify the Evidence?)
    2. QUESTION #2: Is it Hearsay?
    3. QUESTION #3: Is There a Proper Foundation?
    4. QUESTION #4: Is it Relevant?
    5. QUESTION #5: Should the Evidence be Excluded?
    6. QUESTION #6: What is the Proper Way to Introduce the Item Into Evidence?
  2. UNDERSTANDING HEARSAY
    9:45 - 10:30, Kammi Mencke Smith and Benjamin Rascoff
    1. Overview of Critical Rules You Need to Know Regarding Hearsay
    2. Recent Case Law
    3. Practical Application of the "Big Six" to Real-World Courtroom Events
      1. Exceptions
      2. Hearsay Problems, Such as When Your Client or Opposing Party is Deceased
      3. Hearsay Within Hearsay
      4. Attacking/Supporting Declarant's Credibility
  3. WITNESS TESTIMONY AND REPORTS
    10:45 - 11:30, Alicia Dragoo and Timothy J. Nault
    1. Practical Application of the "Big Six" to Real-World Courtroom Events
      1. Character and Competency
      2. Opinion Testimony (Lay and Expert Witnesses)
      3. Admissibility of What You Give Your Expert
      4. Court-Appointed Expert Witnesses
      5. Impeachment
      6. Frye vs. Daubert Challenges
      7. Expert Reports
      8. Other Expert Considerations
  4. ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS
    11:30 - 12:30, Alicia Dragoo and Timothy J. Nault
    1. Spoliation, Preservation and Missing Evidence
    2. Legal Malpractice
    3. Lawyers as Witnesses
    4. Handling Highly Prejudicial Evidence
    5. Talking to Witnesses Before They Testify
    6. Facilitating Efficiency, Reliability and Overall Fairness of the Adversary Process
    7. Privileges Under Rule 502(d)
  5. KEEPING EVIDENCE OUT (PRE AND POST TRIAL)
    1:30 - 2:15, Paul S. Stewart
    1. Practical Application of the "Big Six" to Real-World Courtroom Events
      1. Hearsay Objections
      2. Motion in Limine, Motion to Exclude and Motion to Strike
      3. Motions for Sanctions
      4. Curtailing Speaking Objection
      5. Use of the Sidebar Conference
      6. Jury Instructions After the Objection
    2. Preserving Evidentiary Issues for Appeal
      1. Timing and Frequency of Objections
      2. Specificity of Objections
      3. Motions in Limine
      4. Offers of Proof
  6. ADMISSION/EXCLUSION OF UNIQUE EVIDENCE
    2:15 - 3:15, Paul S. Stewart
    1. Practical Application of the "Big Six" to Real-World Courtroom Events
      1. Collecting Evidence Through Discovery: Evidence Considerations
      2. Character Evidence
      3. Evidence of a Person's Habit
      4. Evidence of Subsequent Remedial Measures
      5. Sexual-Assault, Child Molestation and Sex-Offense Cases
      6. Writings, Recordings and Photographs
      7. Medical Records, Charts and X-Rays
      8. Other Records (Business, Public)
      9. Handling Email, Social Media and Other ESI
  7. PRESENTING TO THE JUDGE AND JURY
    3:30 - 4:30, Kevin M. Hastings
    1. Authenticating Exhibits
      1. Stipulations
      2. Self-Authenticating
      3. Authenticating - Laying the Foundation for Admissibility
    2. Presenting Deposition Records
    3. Introducing Juries to Evidence
    4. Providing Jury Notebooks
    5. Presenting Your ESI: Common Mistakes Made in the Courtroom
    6. Computer-Aided Displays, Video and Graphics
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