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  Applying the Rules of Evidence: What Every Attorney Needs to Know Register Now Seminar 10.31.2012 9:00am — 10.31.2012 4:30pm

Program Description
Use Best Litigation Practices Within the Boundaries of Evidence Rules and Procedure

No case can be won on sheer brilliance alone. Evidence is the backbone on which effective advocacy is borne. Are you making the best use of all types of evidence in each case? In a day of intense study, our experienced attorney faculty will share their tips on how to recognize key evidence and then traverse the obstacle course of qualifying rules and opposing counsel's attempts to strike it, to deliver it to the decision maker unscathed and introduce it for maximum impact. Learn to use the rules of evidence with surgical precision - enroll today!

  • Learn what you must and cannot do in getting evidence admitted and excluded, lest you ruin your case.
  • Examine the differences between common and statutory law, and state and federal rules in controlling admissibility.
  • Save time by maximizing your use of stipulations early in the case.
  • Learn to quickly spot the admissibility potential of evidence - and save yourself fruitless efforts.
  • Explore specific problems you may face in getting evidence admitted and get solutions from experienced attorney faculty.
  • Understand what information must be provided for expert witnesses to form their opinions.
  • Cover all your bases when qualifying your experts and verifying their theories and methodologies.
  • Get reliable litigation tactics for supporting and attacking evidence at trial.
  • Find out how recent court rulings are shaping the litigation practice today.



Who Should Attend
This basic-to-intermediate level seminar offers attorneys the fundamental knowledge and practical skills to make the best use of evidence and testimony.


Course Content
I. Determining Admissibility
II. Hearsay Objections and Exceptions
III. Witnesses
IV. Expert Reports and Scientific Evidence
V. Ethics
VI. Electronic Discovery Update
VII. Authentication, Exhibits and Courtroom Presentation

Continuing Education Credits:

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00
* denotes specialty credits

Featured Speakers:

WILLIAM R. POYNTER is a partner in the law firm of Williams Mullen and is the co-chair of the firm’s intellectual property litigation practice, and the vice-chair of the intellectual property section. Mr. Poynter focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation; including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, in addition to contractual disputes involving large-scale software development, implementation and maintenance agreements. His practice also includes general complex commercial litigation matters, and he has extensive experience with electronic discovery issues. Mr. Poynter is a member of the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Division; the American Intellectual Property Law Association; and the Federal Circuit Bar Association. He earned his B.A. and B.S. degrees from Washington & Lee University and his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.

DAVID C. BOWEN is a member in the law firm of Willcox & Savage, P.C. Mr. Bowen has a wide range of litigation experience and focuses on defending theme parks, resorts, asbestos defendants, automobile manufacturers, product manufacturers, railroads, and physicians in medical malpractice cases. He has a great deal of experience working with experts in the engineering, railroad and medical fields. He has tried asbestos personal injury cases in many cities across the country and currently coordinates and tries product liability cases in numerous states. Mr. Bowen is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, the Defense Research Institute, the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, and the Virginia and Federal bar associations. He earned his B.A. degree from Washington & Lee University and his J.D. degree from the University of Richmond.

H. DUNCAN GARNETT JR. is a partner in the law firm of Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, L.C. Mr. Garnett is a trial lawyer with more than 30 years of success in the trial of personal injury and wrongful death claims. He focuses his practice on the settlement and trial of cases involving serious injury and death caused by car, tractor-trailer and other vehicular collisions; medical negligence; defective products; and nursing home abuse. In addition, he has a special interest in pursuing mass torts such as pharmaceutical or drug litigation, as well as cases involving fraud on the government which are often referred to as “whistle blower cases.” Mr. Garnett is a past president of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and a board member of the Virginia College Trial Advocacy. He is a stalwart of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America; a patron of the Virginia Bar Association; a past representative to the Virginia State Bar Council, representing the city of Charlottesville and the counties of Central Virginia; and a past president of the Piedmont Bar Association. He currently serves on the Board of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association; is a member of the Litigation, Torts and Insurance Law Sections of the American Bar Association; a member of the Thomas Jefferson Inn of Court in Charlottesville, Virginia; and an active member of the Louisa, Richmond, Newport News, and Hampton bar associations. Mr. Garnett is also a member of Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, and the Roscoe Pound Foundation. He earned his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the College of William & Mary.

ADAM H. LOTKIN is an attorney in the Norfolk law firm of Rutter Mills, LLP. Mr. Lotkin has been an attorney since 1996 and practices all disciplines of trial work, and focuses in representing the rights of injured individuals in personal injury cases. He has received the Super Lawyer Rising Star award by his peers four times; including 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011. Mr. Lotkin has taught seminars on criminal jury trials, civil jury trials, and presenting medical evidence in court. He is a member of the Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Portsmouth bar associations; the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association; and the Maritime Law Association of America. Mr. Lotkin earned his B.A. degree from Lafayette Colleg; and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Howard University.

WALLACE B. WASON JR. is a partner in the law firm of Jones, Blechman, Woltz & Kelly, P.C. Mr. Wason practices in the areas of medical and legal malpractice, personal injury and commercial litigation. He is a member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (Governor at Large, Board of Governors, 2005 - Present); the American Association for Justice; the Virginia State Bar, and the State Bar of Georgia. Mr. Wason earned his B.A. degree from The College of William and Mary; and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law.