In-Person Program

Judge William G. Young on Using the Rules of Evidence to Persuade

Learn from one of the federal bench’s most inspirational lecturers

Thursdays 3/22, 4/5 & 4/12/2018, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
John J. Moakley US Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, Boston
6 substantive credits, 0 ethics credits
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Join Judge William G. Young of the U.S. District Court for this popular series on evidence and trial practice. Using the Rules of Evidence to Persuade takes you through the essentials of discovery, motion practice and trial. Don’t miss this unique opportunity!

Thursday, March 22
Evidence and Discovery
  • The theory and types of relevance; burdens, standards, and methods of proof; the prima facie case; burdens of production and persuasion; habit and routine; relevant but inadmissible; guilty pleas; collateral source; rape shield provisions.
  • Trial preparation; interrogatory and deposition practice; requests for entry on land and admission; litigation support services; preparation of demonstrative aids; time line; “waves” of discovery; multi-district practice; preparation of the trial book.
  • Experts; the law of expert testimony; the GHOSTO rule; qualifying the expert; eliciting and explaining the expert opinion; cross-examination of experts.
Thursday, April 5
Evidence and Motion Practice
  • Motion practice; forum shopping; District of Massachusetts Cost and Delay Reduction Plan; utilizing motions; class certification; advocacy of motions.
  • Privileges and confidential data; variety and manners of privileges.
  • Presumptions and judicial notice; conclusive relationships based on social policy; the rule of deference to legislative fact-finding.
Thursday, April 12
Evidence at Trial
  • Trial procedures; jury empanelment; taking objections and making the record; motions for directed verdicts; requests for jury instructions; requests for findings and rulings; time limits; roles of the courtroom deputy clerk and court reporter.
  • Direct and cross-examination techniques and structure; the five W’s; leading questions; order of witnesses; the adverse witness; scope of interrogation.
  • Impeachment; grounds for impeachment and techniques; prior inconsistent statements and convictions; the three Cs; impeachment through evidence.
  • Theory of rule against hearsay; the M theory; four major groups of exceptions; hearsay within hearsay; rebutting hearsay testimony; confrontation clause; prior statements of witnesses; “reliable” and “necessary” exceptions.
  • Evidentiary foundations; the ARBPHU rule; the submission and use of tangible evidence; arguments at trial; the opening statement; closing argument.

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Hon. William G. Young, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, Boston


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