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California's Child Sexual Abuse Reports Are Not Protected

Psychotherapist-patient privilege not held confidential under the CANRA.


Can a Witness Identify a Voice Without Understanding the Language Spoken?

The Ninth Circuit rules on voice identification of intercepted phone calls.

First Chair Without Gray Hair

20 common trial mistakes observed in federal court.


Articles »

Lincoln’s Second-to-Last Murder Case: People v. Patterson

By Travis H.D. Lewin and Tyler P. Hite

It seemed to be a clear case of self-defense that Abe could not lose—but he did. Was it, in fact, a case he could not win?


Dirty Tricks or Fair Game in Cross-Examination?

By Ian H. Fisher

Asking questions containing negative presumptions on cross-examination may be the basis for sanctions—or even a mistrial.


What a Trial Lawyer Needs from a Deposition

By Kristine K. Meredith

To elicit testimony that will be useful at trial, let the witness tell the story in his or her own words.


Sound Advice »

audio Tips for the Procrastinator

By Ian Fisher

You’re late with your privilege log—no big deal? Ian Fisher explains how it can become a huge deal but also how a little cooperation can be a procrastinator’s best tool. (7:26 min)


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)



Seeking Contributors

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

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