A Practice Note discussing the admissibility and exclusion of evidence in a federal civil case, including the general requirements for admitting documents, tangible items and testimony, the exclusion of certain types of evidence under the Federal Rules of Evidence and hearsay.
A Practice Note discussing the basic framework governing pre- and post-verdict motions for judgment as a matter of law under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure (FRCP) 50 in civil jury trials. Specifically, this Note discusses pre-verdict motions for judgment as a matter of law under FRCP 50(a), renewed motions for judgment as a matter of law under FRCP 50(b), and appeals from the grant or denial of renewed motions for judgment as a matter of law. This Note also briefly discusses alternative or joint motions for a new trial.
A Practice Note addressing key issues that counsel should consider before trial in federal court. Specifically, this Practice Note discusses tasks for counsel to perform in preparation for a federal civil trial, including assembling a trial team, conducting mock jury exercises, making logistical arrangements, organizing documents, filing pretrial motions, preparing witnesses, exhibits and deposition designations, drafting an opening statement and closing argument, preparing jury instructions and the pretrial stipulation, and ensuring that the courtroom is ready for trial.