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Supreme Court Upholds (but Curtails) Securities Fraud Class Actions

The results of the decision in Halliburton II.

 

Divergent Approaches to Authenticating Social Media Evidence

Mississippi Supreme Court rules on questionable Facebook messages in murder trial.


FRE 2014 Amendments: Clarifying Certain Hearsay Exceptions

Barring action from Congress, the FRE amendments will become effective on December 1, 2014.



Articles »

Lost in Case: 10 Ways to Bring Justice into a Closing Argument

By Jennifer Zedalis

Tips to help you craft a compelling closing argument and secure a fair outcome for your client.

 

The Demise of the "Meeting of the Minds" in Contract Law

By Ralph H. Schofield Jr.

We explore how the "objective" view of this elusive concept continues to develop and how it can affect other contract defenses.

 

Supreme Court Decisions Both Relax and Raise Standards in Patent Litigation

By Jeffrey K. Dicker

The relaxed standard for determining whether a case is exceptional, coupled with the more deferential standard of appellate review, has the potential to change the landscape.

 


Sound Advice »

audio Lessons in Evidentiary Issues

By Hon. Joseph F. Anderson Jr.

Listen as a U.S. district judge with 27 years of experience in the courtroom, discusses what he views as the most troublesome evidentiary issues. (13:05 min)


audio Evidentiary Issues Arising from People v. Collins

By Professor Stephan Landsman

Professor Steve Landsman discusses the evidentiary issues arising from People v. Collins—including problems that can come from an uncritical look at statistics. (7:55 min)


audio Authentication of Evidence

By Professor Stephan Landsman

Veteran ethics professor Stephan Landsman discusses authentication and the seven-step process to establish it for evidentiary purposes. (12:40 min)


 
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Trial Evidence Leadership

Cochairs Vice Chair Editors

Hon. J. Michelle Childs

Greenville, SC


Ian H. Fisher

Chicago, IL


Ronald L. Kammer

Coral Gables, FL


James A. King

Columbus, OH


Maria-Vittoria "Giugi" Carminati

Houston, TX


John Kenneth Felter

Boston, MA


Camalla Kimbrough

New Orleans, LA


Katie L. Dysart

New Orleans, LA


Andrew Flake

Atlanta, GA


Sidney Kanazawa

Los Angeles, CA