Thomas L. Stewart
Associate Clinical Professor of Law/Director of Trial Advocacy
Saint Louis University School of Law
MCLE Credit: 1.2
The first obligation of any trial lawyer is to master both the advocacy skills and evidentiary rules that allow a particular fact to be received as evidence at trial. Too often, for too many lawyers, evidentiary rules are seen as hurdles to overcome, mere obstacles to storytelling in the courtroom. In fact, the rules of evidence are “user guides” designed to provide the courtroom lawyer with a blueprint for accomplishing the fundamental task of generating submissible evidence in support of a claim. This presentation will provide a framework for understanding the rules of evidence in order to help the practicing lawyer quickly analyze each piece of proffered evidence with an eye toward developing the proper objection and response thereto.
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