This seminar is intended to offer practical and useful suggestions to trial attorneys, with emphasis on evidentiary issues that arise in civil litigation. Evidence issues at both the state and federal levels will be addressed. The program will cover: expert testimony; attorney work product; using depositions at trial; the usage of character evidence; admissions by a party opponent; final pretrial procedures; and a review of proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
- Expert testimony
- Attorney work product
- Admissions by a party opponent
- Final pre-trial procedures
- Using Depositions at trial
- The usage of character evidence
- Review of proposed amendments to the federal rules of civil procedure
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
I. Expert Testimony
A. A Discussion Of State And Federal Standards
B. Discovery Of Expert Materials
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
II. New Developments In Iowa's Protection Of Attorney Work Product
A. Wells Dairy, Inc. v. American Industrial Refrigeration, Inc.
B. The Self-Critical Analysis Privilige
C. The Effect Of Wells
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
III. Admissions By A Party Opponent
A. Requests For Admissions
B. Response Strategies
C. Effects Of Admission
11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
IV. Pre-Trial Procedures And Strategy
A. Motions For Summary Judgment
B. Final Pre-Trial Orders
C. Settlement Conferences
12:20 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
Lunch (On Your Own)
1:20 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.
V. Depositions And Their Use At Trial
A. Techniques For Taking Depositions
B. Reminders For Defending Depositions
C. Usage Of Deposition Transcripts At Trial
2:25 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.
VI. Using Character Evidence
A. Methods Of Proving Character
B. Limitations Upon The Use Of Character Evidence
3:25 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.
3:40 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
VII. Review Of Proposed Amendments To The Federal Rules Of Civil
A. Summary Of The Proposed Rules
B. Potential Impact On Your Practice