Hearsay. A statement made out of court, provided for the truth of the matter asserted. I would bet that most of you could mumble it along with me. But can you really apply it?
Hearsay seems like such a simple concept – but just the mere mention of the word sends chills up my spines and gives me really bad memories of studying for the bar exam. Non-verbal assertions, non-hearsay, non-statements, dying declarations and numerous other exceptions – just blogging about hearsay is enough to give me a headache. I have a degree in Biology from UCSD (where I primarily studied cellular and molecular biology) and I passed the California Bar Exam, but hearsay has to be one of the hardest subjects I have ever tried to tackle. Luckily I don’t practice and I just had to deal with it in Evidence class and while studying for the bar.
If you could use a refresher on this perplexing subject, we have just videotaped an incredible course for any attorney whose practice takes them into the courtroom. As part of a Trial Institute Series presented by the North County Bar Association, this Evidence Seminar further includes demonstrations in addition to the trial perspectives from the Bench and senior Trial Attorneys. Whether you may work in litigation, Criminal Law, or Family Law, Hearsay: The Evidence Seminar features insight from a number of judges and experienced attorneys on one of the most difficult subjects in the legal profession.
However, these presenters don’t stop at just delivering the rules. While a rule may be black and white, hearsay presents many gray areas. And this Seminar utilizes role play and a mini mock trial to illustrate the intracacies and nuances of the various hearsay rule and how you want to approach these out of court statements at trial. Indeed, with hearsay there are many paths to go down, and if the first on doesn’t work it is important to stay come and try an alternate route.
Topics addressed include the Hearsay Rule, What is Not Hearsay, Exceptions to the Hearsay Rule, Tactical Considerations in Making Evidentiary Objections, and Multiple Hearsay. It is the practical points presented by both the judges and senior attorneys – that comes from years of experience – that are so invaluable if you practice in the courtroom. As one attorney puts it, these judges know their evidence code inside and out because they work with it every day – and if you show up to court without one you are in for a rude awakening. This Trial Institute will cover Trial and Evidence topics of interest to many practice areas – including Civil, Family and Criminal Law. Don’t miss Hearsay: The Evidence Seminar.