Friday, June 5, 2009

report #8 from Lone Star

Our last two presenters of the day spoke on quite different topics: developing an appellate brief problem based on the rules of evidence and the uses and implications of social networking sites.

Robert Holland (South Texas College of Law), Building an Appellate Brief Problem Around Rules of Evidence.

P1020968 A discussion of how to create an appellate brief problem based on disputed evidentiary rulings of a trial judge during a criminal trial. The presenter will discuss how state or federal rules of evidence offer professors fertile material for multi-issue research and persuasive writing problems when paired with an easily-produced, abbreviated record of trial as the problem scenario. The discussion will suggest a process to identify and create the problem, and will provide attendees a complete sample appellate brief problem packet that is easily adapted to any jurisdiction.

John Browning (Gordon & Rees, Dallas) From Lawbooks to Facebook: What Lawyers Can Learn From Social Networking Sites.P1020960

This presentation examines the growing use and significance of social networking sites as a valuable research resource for attorneys. In all areas of practice, from criminal law and family law to employment matters and insurance coverage cases, lawyers are finding sites such as MySpace and Facebook to be a veritable goldmine of information on opposing parties and witnesses that can undermine or contradict an adversary's case. The program will discuss not only actual examples of the discoverability and use of such digital information, but the admissibility of such information, ethical issues involving lawyers and social networking sites, and the growing concerns about jurors' online activities.


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