Are You Using the Evidence Code Correctly?
Whether you’re in trial, in a deposition, or preparing or opposing a dispositive motion, do you see it through the prism of the rules of evidence?
Too often litigators think that the rules of evidence really only matters when in trial. This is absolutely not the case. Mastery over the rules of evidence is necessary if we want to be advocates who will persuade.
You might have the best argument in the world, but without credibility, you absolutely cannot be persuasive.
Hi, I’m Dave Sugden of Evidence at Trial.
Let me tell right off the bat that I was once in the same position as you…
I didn’t always know how to take complicated facts and present them in trial.
I dreaded the uncertainty of not knowing what was and was not admissible evidence.
Evidentiary rulings seemed too arbitrary.
I knew there must be a better way to master the rules of evidence and understand how to effectively apply them during trial.
Introducing Evidence 101…
California Evidence 101 was made for attorneys who want to take their practice to the next level.
With my proven framework, attorneys can master and build their knowledge of the Evidence Code so that as questions come up in their practice, they can potentially answer in seconds.
By having an overall comprehension of how it works, lawyers litigate their next case with ease and confidence.
Here’s what you get...
Divisions I - V of the Evidence Code
Preliminary Provisions: Understand the application of California’s Evidence Code
Words and Phrases: Learn some of the key terms and their definitions to properly understand and apply the rules of evidence
General Provisions: Learn key concepts, such as the importance of proving “preliminary facts” and their requisite burden of proof
Judicial Notice: Learn how and when to seek (or oppose) requests for judicial notice
Witnesses, Opinion Testimony, and Privileges
- Witnesses: Learn the rules governing witness testimony to ensure a proper direct and cross-examination of witnesses (during trial and depositions)
- Opinion Testimony: Understand how and when opinion testimony is admissible, and when and how it should be challenged
Character, Mediation and Other Exclusions
- Privileges: Learn the rules governing privileges, their application, and when they are waived or inapplicable
- Character Evidence: Learn how and when character evidence is admissible
- Mediation Privileges: Learn the breadth and boundaries of the mediation privilege
- Other Exclusions: Understand other exclusions related to insurance, subsequent remedial measures, and settlement communications
Hearsay, Writings and Authentication
- Hearsay: Learn how to quicky recognize objectionable hearsay and its potential exceptions
- Writings and Authentication: Understand how to ensure that writings are properly authenticated for admission
Who Is California Evidence 101 for?
This is for Attorneys Who Want To…
- Be fully prepared to litigate through trial
- Practice law with confidence
- Build credibility in and outside the courtroom
- Have the proper foundations to use the rules of evidence
- Want to master the rules of evidence quickly and accurately
Here’s what lawyers have to say about our courses…
"I love your videos. I have been an attorney for 45 years and have won numerous multi million dollar judgments, including a judgement a couple of months ago for 58 million dollars. I feel like I am learning so much from watching these videos."
~ Nathan Goldberg
Allred, Maroko & Goldberg
"I’ve attended Mr. Sugden’s MCLE course in the past and I recommend his course to any attorney seeking to acquire or sharpen their trial skills. I would not hesitate to take another one of his MCLE courses. He has spurred my growth as an attorney which has improved my practice overall. I am grateful he takes the time out of his practice to impart his knowledge and trial experience to attorneys seeking to improve their skill set."
~ Colleen M. Pratt
California Evidence 101 Online Course
30-Day 100% Money Back Guarantee
We believe this is the best preparation for the day you battle in court, and we are willing to give a 30-Day 100% Money Back Guarantee.
For 30 days, you’ll get the knowledge and training that will serve you as a trial lawyer. And if you decide what we teach won't help in any way, we won’t keep a cent.
"What I like about Evidence at Trial and Dave Sugden’s approach to providing this type of MCLE, which I think is so different than any other MCLE course, is his focus is on building a community of lawyers that are really striving to get to that next level of legal practice."
- Shirin Forootan
Frequently Asked Questions
I’m a young lawyer. Will this work for me?
Yes, this course will help you acquire the necessary trial skills to win in court. You’ll walk away with relief, confidence, and clarity about your practice.
I’m a litigator, but rarely (if ever) go to trial. Is this course only for trial lawyers?
This course is for all litigators. Understanding the rules of evidence is imperative for all stages of litigation. From the pleading stage through summary judgment, understanding evidence is an imperative skillset. And knowing how to try a case gives you the confidence to have better leverage (as opposed to fear) during settlement negotiations.
I’m already swamped with work. You’re telling me I need to do more? I can barely keep up with email inbox…
But have you watched Netflix in the last few weeks? Have you browsed social media? My online courses don’t require a day away from the office. You can watch these courses from your computer or mobile device at your own pace. So before turning on Game of Thrones, spend ten minutes learning about the business records exception to the hearsay rule.
What makes this different from other MCLE courses?
My course isn’t just about rules or handing you information. I use a combination of big-picture theory, real examples, and trial techniques to sharpen your skills.
Can I really master the rules of evidence with your course?
Yes, with focus and commitment. Many past attendees have praised the material. Please check all the testimonials on this page (above). Looking forward to seeing you on the inside!