Diana C. Manning, Esq.Trustee, NJSBA2017 Professional Lawyer of the Year Award, New Jersey Commission on Professionalism of New JerseyCertified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial AttorneyBressler, Amery & Ross, PC, Florham Park
Evidence skills can take years to master. John North, Esq., a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, accomplished trial attorney and author of the NJICLE treatise, A Trial Lawyer’s Strategic Guide to the New Jersey Rules of Evidence, will lead our distinguished panel in a full day program specifically designed to give litigators at all levels an opportunity to improve their evidence skills. The course will begin with a report from the Honorable Carmen Messano, Chair of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Rules of Evidence, followed by presentations that address common civil trial evidence issues, with an emphasis on practical solutions to frequently encountered problems, including authentication, hearsay, electronic evidence, demonstrative evidence, and the unique issues that are likely to arise in a remote trial environment. The recent directive of the Administrative Office of the Courts regarding the management of evidence for virtual jury trials will be discussed. The program will culminate with an important discussion of ethical evidence issues every attorney needs to be aware of. Don’t miss this opportunity to strengthen your evidence skills!
Civil trial evidence issues: There are certain evidence problems that come up time and again. How to deal with them from either side..
Admissibility and Authentication of evidence: Special concerns for digital and social media
Hearsay and its exceptions: A pragmatic presentation will focus on recognizing what is hearsay, the exceptions, and when and how to object.
Electronic Evidence: This presentation will address where to find electronic evidence and will continue by focusing on how to use electronic evidence once you get it. The speakers will address the use of electronic evidence in the courtroom – the advantages, disadvantages and impeachment. Demonstrative Evidence: Every litigator recognizes the importance of getting into evidence the documents that will win the case (documents don’t lie, only witnesses do). You need to use all the real evidence available. If you don’t have real evidence, create something: photos, videos, drawings. This segment of the program will feature a discussion of the typical ways to use demonstrative evidence and timing the use of this type of evidence.
Ethical Evidence Issues: This presentation will address ethical implications when dealing with experts and the admissibility of expert testimony at trial. The discussion will also include strategies for attorneys to protect themselves from ethical pitfalls at trial, as well as, a discussion of ethical concerns concerning improper opening statements, closing remarks, and the use of objections at trial.
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