Evidence for Trial Lawyers
An Update of Irving Younger’s Classic Presentation
Stephen D. Easton
Professor Irving Younger, it was often said, could hold an audience spellbound by simply reading the phone book. Well, you might think a recitation of the rules of evidence holds just about as much potential excitement, but in the hands and words of the master, audiences of people just like you sat, learned and laughed at such ruminations for decades.
Irving Younger’s classic presentation on evidence law is reborn in video form and offered with the live commentary and a shared passion and real-world practicality by Professor Steve Easton. Evidence for Trial Lawyers spans the chasm between theoretical possibility and everyday reality. It emphasizes the rules that actually affect real trial lawyers in trial jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations, proceedings before administrative law judges, and other hearings.
Easton’s practice-based advice is built around Younger’s original presentation — still the gold standard for evidence training — but it goes beyond the original with impactful advice on recent developments. Younger and Easton both offer knowledge gained through substantial trial experience in a wide variety of cases.
This program focuses on fundamental concepts that you face in every trial. It also shines a light into some overlooked nooks and crannies that can help you introduce the proof you need and shield your client from improper material your opponent will try to admit. After this program, you will enter your next trial or hearing with the confidence that you are armed with a solid working knowledge of the one area of the law that each trial attorney needs to master — evidence.
If you remember Younger fondly and want to relive the magic he created, you must come. If you’ve never experienced Younger’s remarkable presence, you must come. And, if you know a young lawyer who does not remember and has no knowledge of Irving Younger, you must come and bring that young lawyer with you!
- Learn classic and contemporary approaches to applying the rules of evidence from two of America’s all-time experts.
Reconcile the rules of evidence law with the modern considerations of the craft of advocacy.
Be entertained and discover valuable, practical tips that will benefit your cross-examination skills.
Program Outline & Schedule (6 hours)
[Part I: 90 minutes]
The Three Categories of Evidence Law
The Four Categories of Evidence
- Real Evidence
Testimony (a.k.a. Viva Voce Evidence)
[15 minute Break]
[Part II: 90 minutes]
The Law of Witnesses
- Competence of Fact Witnesses
The Prohibition of Leading Questions in Direct Examination
Exceptions to the Prohibition of Leading Questions
Rules Regarding the Witness Who Freezes on the Stand
[Part III: 90 minutes]
The Best Evidence Rule
The [Non] Opinion Rule
[15 minute Break]
[Part IV: 90 minutes]
Cross-Examination and Impeachment
If you are not convinced that your understanding of the course topic has
improved after completion of any P.E.G.® seminar, we will refund your course tuition.