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Trial Evidence Committee

 

Mission

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.


 
Announcements

November 17, 2014: Roundtable—Save the Date!

On Monday, November 17, 2014, 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m. EST, join the Trial Evidence and Young Advocates Committees for a Roundtable entitled "First Chair Without Gray Hair." Clients often turn to the more seasoned partners to represent them in front of a jury, but in route to becoming a seasoned partner, those same lawyers also had to gain the experience of their very first trial. This Roundtable will feature young trial lawyers and a U.S. district court judge who will discuss lessons learned, mistakes made, and tips and tricks for young lawyers trying their first cases.Register for this free Roundtable here.


Seeking Contributors

We are looking for authors for articles about trial evidence and related matters. Contact an editor (listed on our masthead) for more information.


 
Message from the Chairs

Welcome to the Trial Evidence Committee’s webpage. We offer a great array of evidentiary resources, including recent news and developments in evidence, articles to improve your trial practice, and even a 50-state survey on the standards for expert testimony. For example, in the past, we posted Christopher Walsh’s brief and very practical summary of the upcoming amendments to the Federal Rules of Evidence. Also, we were particularly interested in Professor Lewin’s article on “Lincoln’s Last Murder Trial:  People v. Harrison.” Be sure to check it out.


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.


Upcoming Committee Events

November
All Committee telephone conference—Nov. 11, 3 p.m., CST
Roundtable on “First Chair Without Gray Hair”–Nov. 17

Sign up for the Roundtable is available here.

If you have ideas for speakers for our programs, or to include judges, attorneys, or experts in the field, please contact the Honorable J. Michelle Childs or Andre' Caldwell.

 

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 news and developments to longer newsletter articles. If you are interested, please contact Ken Felter.


We also hold bimonthly calls with the members of Trial Evidence. The calls provide an easy way to get involved. Our next call will be on Nov. 11 at 4 p.m. EST (3 p.m. CST and 12 p.m. PST). 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.


Our LinkedIn page has been up and running thanks to Camalla Kimbrough. We are looking for individuals interested in contributing questions/topics, updates, links, and the like. Please post questions and comments. For further information, contact Camalla at 504.566.8642.


Thank You
Thank you to our editor, Ken Felter, and our authors for putting out an excellent Fall edition of our committee newsletter.


We always welcome your input and ideas.


Thanks,


Ken Felter, Ian Fisher, Jim King
Cochairs, Trial Evidence Committee, ABA Section of Litigation


 
Subcommittees

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
  • Case Note Editorial Board
 

Find contact information for committee and subcommittee chairs:


 

 
Trial Evidence Leadership

Cochairs Vice Chairs Subcomittee Chairs/Editors

John Kenneth Felter

Boston, MA


Ian H. Fisher

Chicago, IL


James A. King

Columbus, OH


Andre' B. Caldwell

Oklahoma City, OK


Eric R. Harlan

Baltimore, MD


Katie L. Dysart

New Orleans, LA


Andrew Flake

Atlanta, GA


Jonathan S. Kitchen

San Francisco, CA


Michael R. Lied

Peoria, IL


Jennifer Routh

Columbia, SC