2017 Evidence for Trial Lawyers

Published by Virginia Trial Lawyers Association


VTLA's 2017 Evidence Seminar is packed with topics to arm you for trial from the best. Full of critical updates and practical pointers, this all-star lineup of speakers and topics will help you improve your knowledge of evidence and make you a better trial lawyer.

The agenda includes how to protect the trial record for an appeal; the popular “You be the Judge” - a judge-led lively discussion of evidentiary issues confronted at trial; an update on Rule and statute changes which you need to know; an informative and practical discussion on hearsay - the what, when, and how; an ethics presentation on Client Confidences and Evidence Preservation; a “how to” on admitting and using trial exhibits and demonstrative aides; a presentation on the ever-evolving world of electronically stored evidence and how to authenticate it; the always popular judges panel, lead by experienced trial lawyers, will provide insight into what works at trial and what doesn’t; and a video replay of the direct examination of an orthopedic surgeon, with commentary by an experienced trial lawyer regarding qualification, admitting and using exhibits, and shielding the expert from cross examination. The written materials are also extensive and provide citations to the rules, statutes, and cases that the trial lawyer must know.

Recorded live on Oct. 3, 2017 at the Hilton Downtown Richmond.

2018 credit expires 10/31/18

Rob Choi
Rob Choi has been creating demonstrative evidence as a general illustrator at MediVisuals for over 14 years. He has also been helping attorneys with trial presentation services for 9 of those years. Having been in the courtroom for over 50 trials...More
Roger T. Creager
Mr. Creager has over thirty years of experience as an attorney in Virginia. He is one of only three attorneys honored by the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s Courageous Advocate Award, which was presented to Mr. Creager in 2001. The Award...More
Thomas J. Curcio
Tom Curcio is a dedicated trial attorney with more than 30 years of experience in Northern Virginia. He cares about his community and his profession, as well as his clients. His experience includes the successful representation of a seriously injured...More
Michael L. Goodove
Michael Goodove has devoted his career to helping injured people. Michael specializes in automobile negligence, medical malpractice, product liability, premises liability, admiralty, worker’s compensation as well as complex civil litigation cases....More
Leslie Haley
Assistant Ethics Counsel - Virginia State Bar
Leslie A.T. Haley is currently providing legal ethics and law office management advice and counsel to lawyers and law firms, as well as representing lawyers and judges in disciplinary and admissions actions. Ms. Haley is the former Senior Assistant...More
Jonathan Halperin
Mr. Halperin has been in practice for over 24 years, and during that time, he has left his mark on the world through ground-breaking legal actions. He has fought for the rights of victims, pursued many cases that challenged harmful products, and kept...More
Gregory S. Hooe
Gregory S. Hooe is a 1977 graduate of the University of Virginia. He received his J.D. from the University of Richmond and was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in May 1980. Before entering private practice, Greg was a Law Clerk to the Chief Staff...More
Hon. Stanley P. Klein
Stanley P. Klein became Senior Counsel at Blankingship & Keith, P.C. in September, 2011 after serving almost 18 years as a judge of the Fairfax County Circuit Court. During his tenure on the bench, he served on the Judicial Conference of Virginia’s...More
Lee Livingston
R. LEE LIVINGSTON has a 20-year, powerful history of success helping people who have been harmed by the negligence of others. This has resulted in a long list of peer review awards including Best Lawyers, US News and World Report medical malpractice...More
Malcolm P. McConnell, III
Malcolm "Mic" McConnell is the lead attorney for The Allen Medical Malpractice Team. Over twenty two years of success litigating cases from a wide variety of medical specialties has earned him the highest rating awarded ("AV") by Martindale-Hubbel...More
Brody H. Reid
Focusing on assisting injured individuals and their families during tough times, Brody has worked tirelessly to help individuals in his hometown in the years since law school. Throughout his career, Brody has successfully represented over a thousand...More

Originally Published

October 3, 2017

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • 2017 Evidence for Trial Lawyers - Paper
  • Evidence on Appeal: A Practical Trial Guide to Preserving Your Case - Video
  • You Be the Judge: Evidentiary Problems for Plaintiff’s Counsel - Video
  • Evidence Update-Important Rule and Statutory Changes Affecting Your Trial - Video
  • Hearsay – The World of Exception - Video
  • Ethics – Client Confidences and Evidence Preservation - Video
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Admitting Key Exhibits into Evidence and the Effective Use of Demonstrative Aids - Video
  • Electronic Evidence - The Paper Trail in a Digital Age - Video
  • Trenches & Benches - Evidence from The Judges Perspective - Video
  • Expert Witnesses – Direct Examination: Qualification, Foundation, Opinion, Exhibits, and Shielding from Cross Exam - Video
  • Direct Exam - Video

How To Attend

Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like.

Technical Requirements

You may access this course on a computer or mobile device with high speed internet (iPhones require iOS 10 or higher). Recommended browsers are Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.


If applicable, you may obtain credit in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously for this program (see pending/approved list below). If electing credit for this program, registrants in jurisdictions not listed below will receive a Certificate of Completion that may or may not meet credit requirements in other jurisdictions. Where applicable, credit will be only awarded to a paid registrant completing all the requirements of the program as determined by the selected accreditation authority.

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