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Full scholarships and discounts to attend PLI programs are widely available to attorneys working in nonprofit/legal services organizations; pro bono attorneys; government attorneys; judges and judicial law clerks; law professors and law students; senior attorneys (age 65 and over); law librarians and paralegals who work for nonprofit/legal services organizations; unemployed attorneys; and others with financial hardships. We encourage all eligible attendees to complete and submit a PLI Scholarship Application
Why You Should Attend
Electronic evidence (including technology abuse) plays an increasingly important role in cases involving intimate partner violence in legal services work. Understanding the current case law and ethical rules governing the use of electronic evidence is therefore essential for legal services attorneys who represent clients in these cases. Within the context of intimate partner violence, this training will explore the many technologies utilized by legal services clients, the New York ethical rules and case law governing attorneys who are interacting with that electronic evidence, and the ways in which attorneys can realistically present evidence in the New York State courts, given the limited resources in most legal services offices. A mock trial at the conclusion of the program will illustrate the correct use of electronic evidence in direct examination, cross-examination ,and voir dire.
What You Will Learn
Within the context of representing the legal services client, faculty will review:
- Current and emerging technology in litigation, including cell phones and tablets, and online content, such as social media and email
- Relevant case law on electronic evidence under New York State Law
- New York ethical rules governing electronic evidence
- Answers to your questions about the use of electronic evidence both at pretrial and trial
Who Should Attend
All legal services attorneys who represent clients in intimate partner violence cases and want to enhance their litigation skills will benefit from attending this program.