Continuing Legal Education

Evidence: Before, During, and After Trial or After Settlement

May 25, 2017
8:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
4.25 MCLE hours, including 1.00 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours

ISBA Regional Office
20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900
(map and directions)


Do you have the skills you need to handle evidence issues in a litigation case?

Don’t miss this half-day seminar that examines a myriad of litigation matters, including the latest developments from the appellate courts. Experienced trial attorneys involved primarily in litigation who attend this seminar will better understand:

  • How to draft, present, and argue motions in limine;
  • How to successfully object during a deposition, jury selection and/or opening statement;
  • Laying foundations for medical records/bills, tape recordings, photographs, and more;
  • How to use and introduce medical literature and exclude evidence of informed consent as a defense;
  • The standard objections that are frequently raised during trial;
  • How to preserve the record for appeal, including voir dire examination of witnesses;
  • How to handle lien issues;
  • The controversy regarding applicability of Medicare Set-Asides; and
  • The ethical issues to consider when submitting evidence.


Program Coordinator/Moderator:
John R. Bailen
, Bruce Dorn & Associates, Chicago


NOTE: Your registration includes access to electronic course materials that will be sent to you via email prior to the seminar. Printed course materials may be purchased for a nominal fee via the registration page.



8:45 – 9:15 a.m.  Expert Witness Testimony and Evidence
Gain a better understanding of expert witness testimonies and evidence with this insightful segment that provides both hypothetical scenarios and the speaker’s personal practices, including how to use/introduce medical literature.
Hon. Lynn M. Egan, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago

9:15 – 9:30 a.m.  Settlement Releases, Liens & Medicare Set-Asides
This segment addresses objections to the settlement release language, how to handle lien issues, and the controversy regarding applicability of Medicare Set-Asides.
John R. Bailen, Bruce Dorn & Associates, Chicago
Ronald W. Kalish, Steinberg Goodman & Kalish, Chicago

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.  Written Objections: Motions in Limine
Discover which strategies can help you successfully draft, present, and argue motions in limine, including motions to bar and motions for admissibility.
Hon. Elizabeth M. Budzinski, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.  Break (refreshments provided)
Sponsored by the Illinois Bar Foundation

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.  Objections

  • Objections in Depositions
    Learn how to object during a deposition, as well as the right time for doing so with this informative presentation. Topics include: state vs. federal courts and preserving issues by making a record.
    John L. Nisivaco, Boudreau & Nisivaco LLC, Chicago
  • Objections During Jury Selection and Opening Statements
    This session explores what you can and can’t do during voir dire and opening statements, discusses the use of exhibits, and shows how your opening statement is an important first step in setting the stage for stating your client’s case.
    Thomas F. Boleky, Beutel, Hurst and Boleky, Chicago

10:45 – 11:15 a.m.  Laying Foundations
Don’t miss this presentation that offers actual demonstrations of laying foundations for medical records, medical bills, statements, tape recordings, photographs, accident diagrams, accident reconstruction, business records, medical literature, impeachment, and refreshing recollection.
Martin L. Glink, Law Offices of Martin L. Glink, Arlington Heights
William G. Warshaw, Bruce Farrel Dorn & Associates, Chicago

11:15 – 11:45 a.m.  Trial Objections
This comprehensive overview explores the standard objections that are frequently raised during trial, as well as how to effectively present an objection of your own. Additional topics include: moving to strike, offers of proof, and sidebars/discussions outside of the presence of the jury.
Albert E. Durkin, Miroballi Durkin & Rudin , Chicago
John M. Stalmack, Ruberry, Stalmack & Garvey, Tinley Park

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Preserving the Record for Appeal
Learn how to preserve the record for appeal, including voir dire examination of witnesses; offers of proof; avoiding reversible error; and opening the door and waiver of appellate issues.
Leslie J. Rosen, Leslie J. Rosen P.C., Chicago

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.  Ethical Considerations: Submitting Evidence and Trial Tactics*
Join us for an in-depth look at various hypothetical fact patterns that are discussed in terms of the applicable Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct, including Rule 3.3 (Candor Toward the Tribunal); Rule 3.4 (Fairness to Opposing Party & Counsel), and Rule 4.1 (Truthfulness in Statements to Others).
Margaret P. Battersby, Levin & Perconti, Chicago
Hon. Russell W. Hartigan (ret.), Goldstine, Skrodzki, Russian, Nemec and Hoff, Ltd., Burr Ridge
Shirley A. Irwin, Schueler Dallavo & Casieri, Chicago
Hon. Thomas V. Lyons, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago