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Gain a Working Understanding of California’s Evidence Code and its Application

Like concert pianists practicing their scales, California litigators must know the Evidence Code and how it’s applied. From Section 1 through 1605, you’ll gain the confidence of knowing what the rules are and how they work. From knowing when to raise a Section 721(b) objection to knowing the pitfalls of an improper custodian of records affidavit, this is a must-take course for all California litigators.

In this online seminar, you’ll learn:

  • The Evidence Code’s application (not just trials)
  • The distinction between preliminary and adjudicative facts
  • The rules for relevance, foundation, and authentication of evidence
  • The rules for opinion testimony
  • The rules for the admissibility of writings
  • The Evidence Code! Front to back! And how it works!
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(4 MCLE CA Credits)

“If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else.”
– Yogi Berra

Depositions are the building blocks for successful trial presentations. Far beyond the mere discovery of facts and collection of admissions, effective depositions lay the groundwork for winning evidentiary battles at both the summary judgment and trial stages of a case.

In this online course, you’ll discover:

  • The questions that establish (or challenge) whether a writing is a business record
  • What makes a hearsay statement admissible
  • What to do to get a motion in limine granted (or denied)
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(4 MCLE CA Credits)

“You only have to be able to evaluate companies within your circle of competence. The size of that circle is not very important; knowing its boundaries, however, is vital.” – Warren Buffett

Expert witnesses almost invariably know more about their subject matter than the lawyers hired to cross-examine them. But expert witnesses are not expert lawyers, and they are not expert cross-examiners.

In this online course, you’ll discover:

  • How to turn your expertise in cross-examination into an advantage even when examining a witness with a superior subject matter expertise
  • The strategies and techniques lawyers use to debunk expert witnesses’ opinions (and how to best prepare for the anticipated attack)
  • Foundational principles of expert witness testimony
  • The use and strategy of hypothetical questions
  • Daubert rules and impeachment strategies
  • How to prepare your own expert witness (and related discovery rules)
  • How to prepare for the cross-examination of adverse expert (including both deposition and trial strategies) 
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(4 MCLE CA Credits)

From 365, 90, or 30 days out from trial through verdict

Trials are stories told by lawyers and witnesses bound by the rules of evidence. Mastery of the laws of evidence and the art of persuasion are what all great trial lawyers have in common.

In this online course, you’ll discover:

  • How to methodically and strategically transition from litigation strategy to a trial strategy
  • How to organize your case for trial, along with the key evidentiary rules to persuasively argue your case
  • How to use opening statements through closing arguments
  • The science of evidence and art of persuasion to present a compelling case to a judge or jury
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