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.
Please join the cohairs of the ABA Section of Litigation's Trial Evidence Committee for a committee-wide teleconference to discuss our upcoming projects.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 4 p.m. (Eastern time)
Call-In Number: (866) 646-6488 Pass code: 2611423420
The agenda for the Trial Evidence Committee Meeting will be as follows:
1.) January Roundtable: “Business Records Exception to Hearsay.” (Fisher)
2.) Webinar on Blogs for the Litigator(moderated by the Hon. J. Michelle Childs) on February 11th (King)
3.) Update of Assignments for Calendar of Events
a. March: Roundtable on Murky Evidentiary Issues in Criminal Law - March 18 (Caldwell/Kammer)
b. April: ABA Section of Litigation Annual Conference (April 9-11, at The Phoenician Resort, Scottsdale, AZ)-Business Meeting/Committee Dinner; cohost CLE with Products Liability Committee on Putting on a Human Face at Trial: Opening Statements and Closing Arguments (April 10, 2014 at 3:30-4:30 p.m.); cohost CLE with Pretrial Practice & Discovery Committee on Overwhelmed by Email? Best Practices for Ethics, Discovery, and Trial Evidence (Ethics) (April 11, 2014 at 11 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.) (Harlan); Committee Networking Discussion Lunch (Friday, April 11, 2014)
c. May: Roundtable on Spoliation of Evidence - May 20 (Kammer)
d. June: ABA Section of Litigation Spring Leadership Meeting (June 19-21, at Eldorado Hotel & Spa, Santa Fe, NM) - Business Meeting/Committee Dinner; Roundtable on Navigating through Administrative Law Courts-June 17 (Caldwell)
e. July: Newsletter (Sid); Fifty-State Survey on Expert Witnesses and Daubert Issues (Harlan)
f. August: ABA Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. (August 7-9) - Business Meeting/Committee Dinner (Kammer); CLEs on Law Goes to War: Comparison of Civil and Military Tribunals and Jerry Sandusky and the Rule of Law (King)
4.) Newsletters/Web Updates – The Trial Evidence Committee invites members to submit ideas for articles for the Committee’s Spring edition of our newsletter. If you are interested in writing an article, please contact Ken Felter or Sid Kanazawa Proposed topics should be sent to Ken or Sid no later than March 1. Articles are due by April 1.
5.) The News & Development articles which Shawn Gebhardt submitted are now live on our homepage.
N&Ds are short, timely pieces tailored specifically for the web. These features must be substantive in nature, providing information that is relevant to trial evidence practice. N&Ds should be 100-750 words in length. If you are interested in submitting an article, please contact or submit article(s) to Katie Dysart.
As a reminder, our group has a LinkedIn page. We invite you to join the group to, among other things, keep abreast of happenings within the Trial Evidence Committee, as well as to connect with other fellow committee members. We are also looking for individuals who are interested in contributing questions/topics, updates, links and the like. If you have any suggestions, please do not hesitate to email Camalla Kimbrough or call her at (504) 566-5200.
7.) The web-exclusive piece by Michael Lied has been posted: “Employer Botches Offer of Judgment.”
We are looking for authors for articles about trial evidence and related matters. Contact an editor (listed on our masthead) for more information.
Upcoming Committee Events
October: Sound Advice on Adverse Inferences (Kammer) – October 25
November: Newsletter (Felter)
December: Sound Advice on Common Evidentiary Issues at Trial (Judge Joseph
Anderson, District of South Carolina) – December 17
January: ABA Section of Litigation Winter Leadership Meeting (Jan. 16–18, at
The Grand Del Mar Resort, San Diego, California ); Business Meeting/Committee
Dinner; Rountable on Business Records Evidence-January 28 (Fisher)
February: ABA MidYear Meeting (Feb. 5-10, Chicago, Illinois); Webinar on Social
Media in the Context of Evidence Blogs – February 25 (King); Newsletter (Felter)
March: Roundtable on Murky Evidentiary Issues in Criminal Law – March 18
April: ABA Section of Litigation Annual Conference (April 9–11, at The
Phoenician Resort, Scottsdale, Arizona); Business Meeting/Committee Dinner; Cohost CLE with Products Liability Committee on Putting on a Human Face at Trial; Cohost CLE with Pretrial Practice & Discovery Committee on Overwhelmed by Email? Best Practices for Ethics, Discovery, and Trial Evidence (Harlan)
May: Roundtable on Spoliation of Evidence – May 20 (Kammer)
June: ABA Section of Litigation Spring Leadership Meeting (June 19–21, at Eldorado Hotel & Spa, Santa Fe, New Mexico) Business Meeting/Committee Dinner; Roundtable on Navigating through Administrative Law Courts –June 17
August: ABA Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts (August 7–9); Business Meeting/Committee Dinner (Kammer)
Cochairs and Committee Chairs: Committee Members:
October 15 October 31
December 4 December 18
February 4 February 18
All calls will be held at 4 p.m. Eastern time (3 p.m. Central time and 12 p.m. Pacific time). The purpose of the conference calls is to discuss the status of upcoming projects or events, to gather ideas for our projects and events, and to enlist the help of our members.
Website/Articles/Web Update/Case Notes/News & Developments
We are always looking for volunteers to submit articles/case notes for the Trial Evidence website and our newsletter. If interested, please contact Ken Felter for the newsletter. We need articles for the February 2014 newsletter. Please contact Ken by November 1 with your topic. Articles are due by November 30. For web updates/case notes, please contact Guigi Carminati.
Camalla Kimbrough helped to launch our LinkedIn page. 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.
Upcoming Assignments: Message from the cochairs: October (Childs); December (Fisher); February(Kammer); April (Childs); June (Fisher). Try to post message by the second Tuesday of the month. Listserve to recruit volunteers: October (Kammer)
Thank you Ian for coordinating a joint committee dinner with the Pretrial Practice & Discovery committee at the Section of Litigation Fall meeting. Thank you to the cochairs and new Roundtable cochair, Andre Caldwell, for working hard on the calendar of events for this year.
We always welcome your input and ideas.
Our active subcommittees include:
- Relevance Rules
- Privilege Rules
- Witness Rules
- Expert Rules
- Hearsay Rules
- Electronic Evidence
- Emerging Issues
- Criminal Evidence
- Case Note Editorial Board
Find contact information for committee and subcommittee chairs:
Trial Evidence Leadership
Coral Gables, FL
New Orleans, LA
New Orleans, LA
Los Angeles, CA