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Trial Evidence Committee



The Trial Evidence Committee, which monitors developments in the law of evidence, is comprised of more than 1,300 individuals. The Committee produces a quarterly newsletter which typically includes articles on various evidence issues, surveys of national and regional developments in the law of evidence, and updates on significant state and federal evidence cases. Throughout the year, the Committee sponsors and/or co-sponsors programs at national and regional ABA meetings. Members review a wide variety of evidentiary issues and may work on various subcommittees and publications which deal with issues such as expert witnesses, highly technical evidence, electronic evidence, legislation, ethics, privileges, and other issues raised under the Federal Rules of Evidence and their state counterparts.

If you are a trial attorney, especially a new or young trial attorney, the Trial Evidence Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation can offer tremendous benefits to you. The Trial Evidence Committee addresses fundamental as well as cutting edge evidentiary issues that affect each of us in our practice, and it offers valuable tools for us as trial attorneys. Membership in the Trial Evidence Committee is free with your membership in the Section of Litigation.


Roundtable: View from the Bench: Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

Presented by the Trial Evidence Committee

Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Eastern


Magistrate Judges Laurel Beeler (N.D. Cal.), David Jones (E.D. Wisc.), and Judge Mark Coulson (D. MD.) will provide their views on the recent changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Register Now!


Monthly Teleconference Call

Please join us for an all-committee telephone conference with the Committee Co-Chairs on Thursday, January 28, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. Eastern (3:00 p.m. Central, 2:00 p.m. Mountain, 1:00 p.m. Pacific). We will be discussing programming for the 2016 Section Annual Meeting and our progress on other deliverables in our Annual Plan. If you are interested in becoming more active in the ABA and the Section of Litigation, please attend. The Trial Evidence Committee has a number of exciting programs underway with many opportunities to participate. 


Dial in number: 1-866-455-2050
Passcode:  614-227-2051


Seeking Contributors

We are looking for authors for articles about trial evidence and related matters. Contact Tom Whiteside or Helene Hetchkopf for more information.

Message from the Chairs

Welcome to the Trial Evidence Committee’s webpage. We offer a great array of evidentiary resources, including practice pointers and Sound Advice podcasts to improve your trial practice, a quarterly newsletter highlighting developments in the law of evidence, and a forthcoming book surveying the standards for expert testimony in all 50 states.

We also offer numerous live events throughout the year, from telephonic Roundtables on practical topics to committee networking dinners at the Section and the ABA annual meetings. This year, our Committee will be putting on two programs at the ABA Section Annual Conference in Chicago: "Trying a Class Action" and "Top 10 Blunders to Avoid at Your First Trial." Be sure to check them out.

If you are interested in becoming more involved in developing or delivering content to our members, please contact one of our cochairs, Jim King, Eric Harlan, or Blanca Young. We encourage everyone to participate actively in the committee, and there are many ways to get involved. Check out the tips we have below.

Upcoming Committee Events

All-committee telephone conference—Thursday, January 28, 2016, 4 p.m., EST, 3 p.m. CST, 2 p.m. Mountain, 1 p.m. Pacific

Dial in: 1-866-455-2050
Passcode:  614-227-2051

"Trying a Class Action" Program, Thursday, April 14, 2016, from 3:15 p.m.–4:15 p.m., ABA Section Annual Conference, Chicago, IL

"Top 10 Blunders to Avoid at Your First Trial" Program, Friday, April 15, 2016, from 9:45 a.m.–10:45 a.m., ABA Section Annual Conference, Chicago, IL


Get Involved!
Involvement in the committee is a great way to get your name in print and to network with attorneys from around the country. We are excited to involve a large group of interested people in generating content, from short practice pointers and podcasts to longer newsletter articles. If you are interested, please contact Michael Lied, Tom Whiteside, or Helene Hetchkopf.

We also hold monthly calls with the members of Trial Evidence. The calls provide an easy way to get involved. Call-in information will be distributed to all members prior to the call through the committee’s email listserv. You can join the committee by signing into your account at www.americanbar.org.

If you have any ideas for programs, articles, or speakers, or ideas for involving judges, attorneys, or experts in the field in the work of our Committee, please contact one of our cochairs.

We always welcome your input and participation.


Jim King, Eric Harlan, and Blanca Young
Cochairs, Trial Evidence Committee, ABA Section of Litigation


Our active subcommittees include:

  • Relevance Rules
  • Privilege Rules
  • Witness Rules
  • Expert Rules
  • Hearsay Rules
  • Electronic Evidence
  • Emerging Issues


  • Criminal Evidence
  • Ethics
  • Programs
  • Newsletter
  • Website
  • Membership
  • Editorial Board

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Trial Evidence Leadership

Cochairs Vice Chairs Editors

Blanca Fromm Young

San Francisco, CA

Eric R. Harlan

Baltimore, MD


James A. King

Columbus, OH

Katie L. Dysart

New Orleans, LA

Michael R. Lied

Peoria, IL

Jennifer Routh (Publications)

Washington, D.C.

Thomas Whiteside (Newsletter)

San Diego, CA

Helene Hechtkopf (Practice Points)

New York, NY