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Courtroom Evidence

6 hours 30 minutes

Courtroom Evidence
Correctly applying the rules of evidence can have a profound effect on the outcome of a trial.
OLI has assembled an outstanding faculty of judges and practitioners to share their thoughts and insights on Oregon’s new standards for eyewitness testimony, evidence in motion practice, pretrial rulings, deploying evidence for (or against) witness credibility, managing your high technology evidence, and updates on today’s most important evidentiary issues.

Friday, November 15, 2013                        
Ambridge Event Center
1333 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Portland, Oregon
6.5 General or Practical Skills MCLE Credits


8:30 a.m.        check-in and continental breakfast

8:55            welcome and introductory remarks
                          – Hon. Robert (Skip) Durham
9:00–10:30        New Oregon Standards for Using Eyewitness Testimony
                       The Oregon Supreme Court’s recent decision in State v. Lawson/James has charted a new course for the admission and use of eyewitness testimony. This program will explore the application of Oregon’s new standard in a host of trial practice settings. The panel includes the author of Lawson/James, former Chief Justice De Muniz, as well as two practitioners who submitted appellate briefs in that case.
                       Moderator: Hon. Robert (Skip) Durham
                        – Hon. Paul J. De Muniz
                        – Anna Marie Joyce
                        – Ramon A. Pagan
                        – Hon. David Schuman

10:30–10:45        break

10:45–12:00        Evidentiary Rulings – Use Them to Your Client's Advantage
                        Learn how pretrial conferences can lead to a more efficient presentation of evidence, saving time and money for you and your clients. The panelists will discuss methods for presenting evidence issues effectively through motions in limine, during a OEC 104 hearing and at trial. They will also discuss evidence issues that come up during motion practice, including motions for summary judgment.
                       – Hon. Robert (Skip) Durham
                       – Hon. Judith H. Matarazzo
                       – Hon. Leslie M. Roberts

12:00–1:15        lunch (on your own)

1:15–2:15        Appellate Update
                        This presentation will focus on significant recent evidence decisions (both criminal and civil) from the Oregon appellate courts, including hearsay exclusions, prior bad act evidence, scientific evidence, confessions, and expert opinion evidence.
                       – Hon. Jeffrey S. Jones

2:15–3:30        Attacking (and Supporting) Witness Credibility at Trial
                         Witness credibility can make or break your case.  Three highly experienced trial attorneys (criminal defense and civil plaintiff and defense) discuss, at a practical level, how to effectively deploy evidence at trial in six key areas:
                          •    The witness does not know what she purports to know
                          •    You can't trust what this witness says because he is known to lie or is strongly motivated to lie
                          •    The witness's own behavior belies her testimony or position at trial
                          •    The witness's prior statements (or statements attributable to him) are inconsistent with his position at trial
                          •    You can trust the witness: prior statement consistent with testimony to rebut a credibility attack
                          •    Using evidence to attack and support the declarant of a hearsay statement
                          – Janet Lee Hoffman
                          – David P.R. Symes
                          – Judy Danelle Snyder

3:30–3:45        break
3:45–4:45        High Technology Evidence for the Trial Practitioner
                        •    Neither too broad nor too narrow: drafting discovery requests
                        •    Protecting digital data and records before filing
                        •    When should you involve a judge to resolve high tech discovery disputes?
                        •    How to make a record to appeal admissibility of electronic evidence
                        –  Katherine Heekin
                        –  Christine N. Moore
                        –  Kerry J. Shepherd
4:45 p.m.        adjourn

Original Recording Date: November 15, 2013

CLE Credits (60): 6.5 General or Practical Skills

Practical Skills: 6.5

Produced By:

Oregon Law Institute of Lewis & Clark Law School

Course Materials

  • Ch-1 New Oregon Standards for Using Eyewitness Testimony
  • Ch-2- Evidentiary Rulings
  • Ch-3 Appellate Update
  • Ch-4 Attacking and Supporting Witness Credibility at Trial
  • Ch-5 High Technology Evidence
  • Book Cover, Schedule, Bios,etc.
  • Chapter Title pages
  • MCLE Form
  • Evaluation-fillable form
  • chapter 5 PowerPoint Slides