A Guide To The Guide

ALS presents an overview of the Massachusetts evidence guide

9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, 2009
Suffolk University Law School
120 Tremont St., Boston

With the advent of the Massachusetts Guide to Evidence, the practice of civil and criminal law probably will see its greatest change since the adoption of the Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure. The Guide has compiled, and consolidated, scores of statutes scattered throughout our General Laws and more than two centuries of case law and placed them into one easy-to-use manual. While the law of evidence has not substantively changed, how such issues are presented in court surely will.

Advanced Legal Studies, the Macaronis Institute for Trial and Appellate Advocacy, and the Flaschner Judicial Institute present the two-part program "A Guide to the Guide: An Overview of the Guide" to offer inside views on the Guide and explore its application to practice.

The first session, chaired by Appellate Court Judge R. Marc Kantrowitz, the head of the Supreme Judicial Court Advisory Committee that wrote the Guide, provides an overview of the committee’s work and a focus on Articles 400 (Relevancy), 500 (Privileges), 600 (Witnesses), 800 (Hearsay), and troublesome evidentiary issues.

The second session, chaired by former SJC Justice John M. Greaney, delves into challenging evidentiary issues, including admissibility, opinion and expert testimony (Article 700), complex hearsay issues, including Crawford and its progeny, and real, demonstrative, and documentary evidence.

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