Continuing Legal Education

Evidence: Foundation Issues, Objections, and Effective Presentation to Maximize Proof

May 11, 2018
8:50 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
6.00 MCLE hours, including 3.00 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)
Presented by Civil Practice and Procedure

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


Whether you are defending or prosecuting a case, it’s imperative that you understand evidence, including how to include/exclude it, the most effective way to present or counter it, and the various methods for obtaining it. Don’t miss this opportunity to improve your ability to determine which evidence issues are necessary. Attorneys involved in litigation with all levels of practice experience who attend this seminar will better understand:

  • How electronically-stored data works;
  • How to lay the foundation for admission;
  • How to effectively use motions in limine to admit or bar evidence;
  • How scientific forensic evidence and expert opinion is used during trial;
  • How to bring your evidence to life in court; and
  • How to avoid the common errors that frequently arise in litigation cases.

Program Coordinator:
Robert H. Hanaford
, Law Offices of Robert H. Hanaford LLC, Fox River Grove

Program Moderator:
Richard L. Turner, Jr., Turner & Sackett LLC, Sycamore


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 nomial fee via the registration page.



8:50 – 9:00 a.m.  Introduction
Robert H. Hanaford, Law Offices of Robert H Hanaford LLC, Fox River Grove

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  Using Electronically Stored Data*
Once you get the information you requested, how do you introduce it at trial? How is the information authenticated to use at trial? How do you lay a foundation for the introduction of electronically stored data? Join us for answers to these questions and more.
George S. Bellas, Bellas & Wachowski, Park Ridge

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.  Motions in Limine
Learn how to keep evidence out and get evidence admitted through the effective use of motions in limine with this informative session.
Scott D. Lane, Law Offices of Lane & Lane, Chicago

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)

11:15 a.m. 12:15 p.m.  Forensic Blood Testing Evidence
Toxicology and issues regarding forensic blood tests, including the science of alcohol absorption, blood analysis in hospitals and state labs, the admissibility of evidence in civil and criminal cases, and blood testing issues.
Juliet E. Boyd, Boyd & Kummer, LLC, Chicago

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.  Lunch (provided)

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.  Sufficiency of Evidence
This segment examines expert opinions, including the basis for their opinions and the sufficiency of evidence, as well as the materials experts can reasonably rely on when formulating those opinions.
Richard L. Turner, Jr. Turner & Sackett LLC, Sycamore

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.  Demonstrative Evidence*
Learn how to bring evidence to life in the courtroom and maximize the impact of evidence. Mediation through technology is also discussed.
Charles R. Haskins, Jr., Clifford Law Offices, P.C., Chicago
James C. Pullos, Clifford Law Offices, P.C., Chicago

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.  Avoiding Malpractice*
Discover how to avoid malpractice claims by learning which common errors to avoid throughout your practice.
Brian Olson, ISBA Mutual Insurance Company, Chicago


*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval