CLE Program: “Trial Practice and Evidence Series Part I: Trial Preparation”

Published: April 3, 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
CLE Program
“Trial Practice and Evidence Series Part I:  Trial Preparation”
10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Syracuse, New York (live)
Albany, New York (video-conferenced)-location change to 5th Floor Video Conference Room
Utica, New York (video-conferenced)

The NDNY-FCBA CLE Committee presents the CLE program, “Trial Practice and Evidence Series Part I:  Trial Preparation”, on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. This program will be presented live at the James M. Hanley Federal Building, 100 S. Clinton Street, Syracuse, New York, and video conferenced to the James T. Foley Courthouse, 445 Broadway, Albany, New York. The CLE will provide 2.0 credits towards the skills requirement.

This is the first of a multi-part series, which will discuss trial techniques, strategy and evidentiary considerations for all phases of a trial. This session will cover the steps that should be taken to prepare a case for trial in federal court. Topics will include assessment of the evidence necessary to prove your case; selection of a “theory of the case”; identifying potential witnesses and exhibits; determining how to “lay the foundation” for the admission of exhibits; identification of “problem” witnesses and developing strategies to deal with them; organizing documentary evidence and witness statements; familiarizing yourself with the courtroom and the judge; and preparing visual aids. This session will include discussion of Federal Rules of Evidence governing authentication [Rules 104(b), 901, and 902] and use of summary charts [Rule 1006].


John G. Duncan, Esq.
Executive Assistant United States Attorney
Northern District of New York

Steven D. Clymer, Esq.
Chief, Appellate Division, United States Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

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