Learn effective practices for designing and delivering a direct examination, including crucial tips for redirect, and how a thorough understanding of the applicable rules of evidence will helps a litigator respond more effectively to objections from opposing counsel. Also includes tips on how to make the best impact with demonstrative exhibits.
Helpful demonstrations by experienced litigators will increase your ability to get evidence (even the digital kind!) admitted. With a practical, step-by-step approach, you'll learn why and how to lay proper evidentiary foundations, how to respond to objections, and how to preserve your record if foundational objections are sustained. In addition, state and federal court judges share their perspectives on best practices and biggest challenges.
Why is it so important to lay a proper foundation? How can you effectively to respond to objections and preserve the record when foundational objections are sustained? This course answers these questions, with special emphasis on: potential benefits (and drawbacks) of laying a proper foundation; strategic use of foundational questions; avoiding foundational problems, such as stipulations, witnesses, and keepers-of-records; judge-specific procedures for laying foundations vs. stipulations; making and responding to foundational objections; and preserving the record.
Hear from judges concerning practical considerations when laying foundations in state and federal courts, including: • Pre-trial procedures • Objections at trial • Sidebars regarding foundational issues • Voir dire of expert witnesses • Common mistakes by litigators • Best practices of litigators • Additional judicial perspectives
A panel of experienced attorneys, including an IWCC Arbitrator, discuss the use of Supreme Court Rules 204, 216, 213(f) and 213(g) and other best practices for securing effective testimony from witnesses.