Trial Advocacy and Class Actions - Available Pre-Trial Tools To Deal with Evidentiary Issues of Admissibility and Authentication CLE Course

New York, NY
September 30, 2014

Partners Mark S. Arisohn and Serena Hallowell lead a CLE course (1.5 CLE credit) entitled "Trial Advocacy and Class Actions - Available Pre-Trial Tools To Deal with Evidentiary Issues of Admissibility and Authentication."

Course Overview
In the midst of discovery we are often focused on what information has been produced that supports allegations in the complaint. There is less time to focus on how we get that information admitted at trial or summary judgment. Waiting until trial to address these issues does not work for securities class action practitioners for a variety of reasons. Chief among them is that we don't control the witnesses and so those individuals through whom we need to prove our case are not going to readily lay the foundation for documents that we need to prove our claim. In addition, we may choose to call a witness or defendant by deposition testimony, as opposed to calling with witness live. That again means that we need to have addressed foundational issues for documents to be admitted through that witness at the deposition. This leaves us in a place where very early on in the litigation, we need to be thinking of the tools we can use to lay a proper foundation for documents that we may want to rely on at trial/summary judgment. This course will focus on those pre-trial tools that we should all be aware of and use during discovery.

The level of difficulty of this course was appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys.