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Introducing & Excluding Evidence at Trial

The mechanics of offering or opposing the introduction of evidence

Monday, 3/21/2011, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Massachusetts School of Law, 500 Federal Street, Andover
6 substantive credits, 0 ethics credits
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Every attorney who has tried a case has been faced with the question of how a certain, crucial piece of evidence can either be admitted or kept out from the trial of a case. Perhaps it is a document originally written in Japanese with a translation, a photograph of an accident scene taken by a deceased photographer, a newspaper article, a police report, or the results of a blood test. Similarly, attorneys are frequently faced with difficult witnesses that either require a great deal of preparation to put on the stand, or to elicit certain points during cross examination. The purpose of this seminar is to provide both experienced and new practitioners with real-life examples and suggestions to demystify the trial courts, the handling of witnesses, and the effective use of evidence at trial. With a panel of experienced practitioners in both civil and criminal litigation, this seminar is designed to provide insight into how evidence can be used effectively at trial, and judges are on hand to provide their experience in what works and, perhaps most importantly, what doesn't. The seminar touches on the latest issues in the introduction of real and demonstrative evidence in both the criminal and civil contexts as well as the latest in electronic discovery.

You will learn...

  • The mechanics of introducing evidence
  • Tricks and traps for preparing you own witnesses for both direct and cross-examination
  • The effective use of objections at trial
  • Preparing for expert witnesses and lay witnesses
  • What works, and what doesn't work, at trial


  • Pre-Trial Considerations; Motions in Limine and How to Get to the Courthouse in One Piece
  • Direct Examination of Lay Witnesses and Expert Witnesses
  • Cross-Examination of Lay Witnesses and Expert Witnesses
  • Document Organization and Assembly of Records
  • Arbitration and Mediation Suggestions
  • Real and Demonstrative Evidence
  • Use of Experts at Trial
  • Electronic Discovery and Unusual Legal Issues
  • "Ask the Experts" Q&A Session

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Donald L. Pitman, III., Esq., The Pitman Law Offices, LLC, Newburyport


Martha R. Bagley, Esq., Law Office of Martha R. Bagley P.C., Salem
George A. Balko, III., Esq., Holden
Thomas R. Murphy, Esq., Law Offices of Thomas R. Murphy, LLC, Salem
Eric Schutzbank, Esq., Berid & Schutzbank, LLC, North Andover



  • $245
  • $225 MCLE Sponsor Members
  • $165 New lawyers admitted to law practice after 2006, pending admittees and law students
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