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How to Lay a Foundation to Get Your Evidence Introduced

presented by NBI, Inc.

How to Lay a Foundation to Get Your Evidence Introduced

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Social Media, Texts, Business Records, Expert Witness Testimony and More

You can't get your evidence admitted without establishing the proper evidentiary foundations. In this practical online seminar, faculty will teach you how to lay a foundation for different types of evidence and avoid being tripped up by objections opposing counsel will throw your way. Navigate the rules of evidence with confidence - register today!

  • Pick up preparation pointers that will help you avoid troubles at trial.
  • Learn how to authenticate social media posts, texts, emails and other electronic evidence.
  • Find out how to establish a proper foundation for medical records, business records and more.
  • See how to get your expert's testimony in - and keep theirs out.
  • Hear how to best introduce physical evidence at trial.
  • Convince the court that you've satisfied the fairness requirement for demonstrative evidence.


All times are shown in Eastern time

  1. Essentials of Laying a Foundation
    9:00 - 9:45, Rebekah Morrison
    1. Procedures for Introducing Exhibits at Trial
    2. Authenticity, Reliability and Relevance
    3. Foundation Requirements for Real, Illustrative, Demonstrative and Documentary Evidence
    4. How to Handle Evidentiary Objections
    5. Preparing Evidence and Planning for Admissibility Issues Before Trial
    6. Issuing Trial Subpoenas to Witnesses
  2. How to Authenticate Social Media Posts, Texts, Emails and More
    9:45 - 10:30, Rebekah Morrison
    1. How to Collect to Ensure Admission Later On
    2. Authenticating Emails
    3. How to Lay a Foundation for Facebook, YouTube Videos, Other Internet Records
    4. Digital Photographs
    5. Authenticating Texts and Other Smartphone Evidence
    6. Real-World Demonstrations
    7. How to Overcome Hearsay Objections
    8. Rule and Case Law Updates
  3. Establishing Foundations for Business Records and Other Documentary Evidence
    10:45 - 11:30, B. Tyler Brooks
    1. Business Records
    2. Photographs
    3. Models, Maps, Diagrams
    4. Video Recordings
    5. Letters, Writings and Contracts
    6. Medical Records, X-Rays and Bills
    7. Establishing Foundations for Other Documentary Evidence
    8. Satisfying the Best Evidence Rule
  4. Laying a Foundation for Expert Witness Testimony
    11:30 - 12:15, B. Tyler Brooks
    1. Establishing Competency and Qualifications
    2. Verifying an Expert's Methodologies
    3. Motions in Limine: Bringing or Defending Against
    4. At the Hearing
    5. Case Law Review
  5. Introducing Physical Evidence at Trial
    1:15 - 2:15, Jonathan S. Dills
  6. Demonstrative and Illustrative Evidence: Satisfying the Foundation Requirements
    2:15 - 3:15, Robert A. Spence Jr.
    1. Establishing Relevancy
    2. Battleground for Demonstrative Evidence: Satisfying the Fairness Requirement
    3. PowerPoints
    4. Computer Simulations and Recreations
    5. Handling Numerical Data, Charts and Graphs
    6. Models, Maps, Diagrams
    7. Photographs and Videos
    8. Case Law Review
  7. Applying Ethics Rules to Evidence
    3:30 - 4:30, Robert A. Spence Jr.
    1. Ethics of ESI
    2. Handling Prejudicial Evidence
    3. Candor With the Court
    4. "Coaching" Witnesses

Who Should Attend

This basic level online seminar is designed for attorneys. Paralegals may also benefit.

Additional Information

Training Provider: NBI, Inc.

Course Topics: Law Training > Trial Practice

Training Course Summary: How to Lay a Foundation to Get Your Evidence Introduced

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Live Virtual Training Dates

JUN 17   9:00 AM TO 4:30 PM ET