Reinforce Your Evidence Skills
Gathering all the necessary evidence in litigation is critical to the outcome of the case. Having a clear understanding of the fundamental rules that apply to evidence is only the beginning. Our esteemed faculty will take you through techniques to overcome common pitfalls faced by attorneys. Sharpen your skills to take on these evidentiary problems - register today!
- Learn how to establish a chain of custody using witnesses.
- Examine how to overcome common authentication issues with demonstrative evidence.
- Explore what opinions are permitted by a competent layperson.
- Learn what rules apply when attacking the credibility of a witness.
- Gain valuable tips for analyzing hearsay.
All times are shown in Eastern time
- The Rules of Evidence: Recent Changes
10:00 - 10:15, Michael S. Rowley
- General Rules of Admissibility: Relevancy, Materiality and Competency
10:15 - 10:45, Michael S. Rowley
- Real Evidence: Pitfalls and Pointers
10:45 - 11:15, Michael S. Rowley
- Common Authentication Issues
- Using Testimony to Identify a Unique Object
- Identification of an Object That has Been Made Unique
- Establishing a Chain of Custody Using Witnesses
- Documentary Evidence: Top Authentication Issues
11:30 - 12:15, G. Grant Dixon III
- Self-Authenticating Documents
- Producing Originals of the Document and Exceptions
- Material Alterations to Consider
- Satisfying the Best Evidence Rule
- Approved Methods of Authentication
- Demonstrative Evidence: Overcoming Common Authentication Issues
12:15 - 12:45, Michael S. Rowley
- Testimony and Opinions as Evidence
1:15 - 2:00, G. Grant Dixon III
- Using Witness Testimony to Authenticate Demonstrative Evidence
- The Lay Opinion Rule: Fact or Opinion?
- What's Permitted? Opinions by a Competent Layperson Regarding Certain Subjects
- When Another Form of Evidence is Required as a Prerequisite
- Exclusion of Testimonial Evidence
- Strategies to Refresh/Supplement Your Witness's Memory
- Is the Witness Competent?
- Witnesses: Credibility, Impeachment and Accrediting
2:00 - 2:45, Matthew J. Van Keulen
- Methods of Impeachment/Requirements of Competence
- How to Attack Credibility of a Witness: Applying the Rules
- Prior Inconsistent Statements
- Accrediting a Witness
- Leading Questions: Cross and Direct
2:45 - 3:30, Matthew J. Van Keulen
- "Leading" Rule and "Narrative" Rule Defined
- Judge's Preferences - When are Leading Questions Permitted?
- Rephrasing on the Spot
- Straying into a New Area Not Raised in Direct
- Applying the Rules Against Hearsay (and Exceptions to the Rules)
3:45 - 4:30, Matthew J. Van Keulen
- Tips for Analyzing Hearsay
- Does the Statement fit into one of the Exceptions?
- Past Recollection Recorded
- Exceptions That Require Proof That the Declarant is Unavailable
- What is NOT Hearsay, Exactly?
- Possibly Hearsay... Possibly Not... What to do.
- Using the Catchall Provisions
- Statements Defined as Nonhearsay
- Multiple and Double Hearsay: Applying the Rules
- Attacking the Credibility of a Hearsay Declarant
- Making and Opposing Objections
4:30 - 5:00, G. Grant Dixon III, Michael S. Rowley and Matthew J. Van Keulen
- More Than one Ground
- Citing the Applicable Statute/Rule
- Arguing Objections
- Significant Evidentiary Issues and to Brief Them in a Motion in Limine
- Making an Offer of Proof
This program is designed for attorneys. Paralegals may also benefit from attending.