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California Trial Evidence

Monday October 21

  • By: Practising Law Institute
  • Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Time Zone: Pacific Time (US & Canada)
  • CLE Credit
  • Location:
    PLI San Francisco Conference Center & Via Live Webcast
    685 Market Street, Suite 100
    San Francisco, CA
  • Contact:
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  • Source: California

California Trial Evidence

October 21, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
PLI San Francisco Conference Center & Via Live Webcast

Scholarships are available for employees of nonprofit organizations, public interest firms, low-income or unemployed attorneys, judges, clerks, students, law librarians, elderly attorneys and others. Scholarships can be used to attend our programs in person, or to watch them live on the computer via webcast. Please visit our web site at for application details. Scholarship applications will be accepted until Wednesday, October 16, 2013

To Register:

Why You Should Attend
Mastering the complexities of California evidence often can be the difference between winning and losing at trial. Recent case law and statutory developments in the law of evidence render this mastery critical in modern litigation and trials. This program is designed to give you the most up-to-date information on California evidence standards. The panelists represent top-flight trial attorneys and judges who will provide winning strategies for your practices.

What You Will Learn
Our expert faculty will lead you through the most pertinent and tricky trial evidence topics such as admissibility of electronic documents and social media, winning with demonstratives, overcoming obstacles to admissibility and serving more than as potted plants when making winning objections at trial. And our judges will teach how to frame or avoid trials by winning the evidence game on motions and at mediation.

Who Should Attend
Civil and criminal trial attorneys who want to hone their evidence skills and stay on top of recent developments in the field should attend. This program will be highly valuable for newer attorneys trying their first few trials as well as for experienced courtroom advocates who will stay abreast of recent developments. Plan to attend just for the invaluable tips from our experienced faculty.

Program Schedule

Program Overview and Introductions
James M. Wagstaffe

Handling Objections at Depositions and Trials
• Lawyers as Non-Potted Plants
• The Exceptional Exceptions and Privilege
• Civility and the Opposing Counsel
• The To-Die-For Objection Checklist
• Waiver and Preserving the Record
Martin P. Moroski, Honorable James Ware

Effectively Using Demonstrative Evidence
• Graphic illustrations and Photographs
• Animations
• Foundation for Scientific Evidence
• Visual Recordings
• Jury Views
Thomas B. Mayhew, Shannon M. Nessier

Networking Break

Evidence in a Facebook World: Social Media and Electronic Documents
• Authenticating social media and email evidence
• Ethical considerations in electronic discovery and spoliation
• ESI from mobile phones
• Tactics
• Updates
Honorable Stephen D. Kaus, Ivo Labar


Overcoming Obstacles to Admissibility
• Laying the Foundation
• Hot Topics in Hearsay
• Ruling the Relevance Roost
• Short Cuts to Authentication
• Doctrine of Chances and Prior Bad Acts
Honorable Jacqueline Scott Corley, Robin G. Workman

Evidence as Part of Motion Practice
• In Limine Motions
• Motions Like Trials: Authentication, Foundation and Hearsay
• Meaningful Objections
• Experts on Paper and Beyond
• Just the Facts: anti-SLAPP, MSJ and Injunctions
Thomas R. Burke, James M. Wagstaffe

Networking Break

Judicial Arbitration, Settlement and Evidence
• Confidentiality, Privilege and Later Use
• Joint Session "Evidence"
• ADR Rules of Evidence
• Telling and Listening to Factual Storyteller
Honorable William J. Cahill, James M. Wagstaffe



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Kate Powers is an associate in the litigation department at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. She holds a J.D. from Cornell Law School where she served as a Notes Editor of the Cornell International Law Journal. She currently volunteers with Her Justice in New York. Read More

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