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Evidence 101 Part I

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Produced on January 16, 2017

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Course Information

Time 1h 31m
Difficulty Beginner
Topics covered in this course: Litigation

Course Description

Evidential issues are questions of law. By ruling on motions and objections, the judge determines what evidence may be presented to and considered by the jury. Judges apply the rules of evidence to determine whether to admit or exclude physical evidence, oral testimony, and exhibits. The rules of evidence permit only that which is deemed relevant and trustworthy to be received by the jury. Once admitted, the jury decides how much weight to afford the evidence.

In this presentation, seasoned trial attorney Michael DeBlis III, provides you with a comprehensive review of the rules of evidence that come up most frequently. In particular, the program focuses on the rules related to relevance and character evidence. With memorable hypotheticals to trigger fast recall, you’ll be able to think fast on your feet and use the rules to your advantage, both before and during trial.

Note: This presentation is based on the Federal Rules of Evidence.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the Federal Rules of Evidence, with a particular focus on the rules related to relevance and character evidence
  2. Explore the answers to various in-depth hypotheticals that you are most likely to encounter in the courtroom
  3. Understand how character evidence can and cannot be used in criminal cases     

Credit Information

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Michael J. DeBlis, III

DeBlis & DeBlis Law Firm

Michael J. Deblis, III is a passionate trial lawyer. He puts his heart and soul into fighting for his clients. Michael is a living example of the tremendous power that comes from combining passion, preparation, persuasion, and positive communication in the courtroom.


As a former public defender, Michael has defended the poor, the forgotten, and the damned against a government that has seemingly unlimited resources to investigate and prosecute criminal allegations. He has spent the last six years cutting his teeth on some of the most serious felony cases, obtaining results that have proven favorable for his clients. He knows what it’s like to go toe to toe with the government. In an adversarial environment that is akin to trench warfare, Michael has developed a reputation as a fearless litigator.


Michael graduated – cum laude – from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He then earned his LL.M. in International Tax and Financial Services at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, graduating summa cum laude. Michael’s unique background in tax law puts him into an elite category of criminal defense attorneys who specialize in criminal tax defense. His extensive trial experience and solid grounding in all major areas of federal taxation make him uniquely qualified to handle any white-collar case, no matter how sophisticated it might be.


Michael is known for his creativity, his charismatic personality, and his unyielding dedication to his clients. As a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College, Michael has trained under some of the best known criminal defense attorneys in the country. That experience has taught him that justice for a person accused of a crime is only won through a full understanding of the client and the case. To that end, Michael attempts to understand each client’s case as a convincing narrative, not just as a set of innocuous facts and arcane legal rules.


Michael has been featured on the media affiliates of several major media networks, including NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, and CNN.


Michael is a prolific writer in the area of foreign asset reporting and voluntary disclosure. He has written articles that have been featured in leading tax journals such as CCH Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure, Global Tax Weekly, and ABA News Quarterly.


A passionate blogger, Michael's blogs have appeared on TaxConnections' "Worldwide Tax Blogs" and most recently, on the About.com "Tax Planning" blog.


Michael is committed to understanding the needs of each client and tailoring a litigation plan to meet those needs. His courage and relentless work ethic have earned him a reputation as a zealous advocate and one of New Jersey’s rising stars of the legal profession.


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Steven K.

Great hypotheticals!!!

Louise B.

good discussion of both civil and criminal

Mark M.

Fantastic presentation. Thoroughly absorbing. Looking forward to Part II.

Gregory N.

Excellent. Great examples to illustrate evidentiary rules.

Charis M.

Good course. Fun hypotheticals.

Michael B.

Thank you.

Martin S.

Excellent and informative program

Christine H.

Excellent - thank you!

Jay Z.

Very good job. Great use of hypos and examples.

William N.

Very informative. Excellent refresher

Steve S.

Very good course; also good for bar review

David D.

Great. Surprisingly nuanced!

Robert E.

very fine lecture

Lawrence S.

Mr. Deblis did a nice job of presenting the material.

Herschel S.

Interesting and informative.

Robert S.

Excellent session; excellent presenter

Andrew P.

Fantastic course Great hypos and examples

Richard G.

very good presentation with great hypos

Janet S.

Excellent presentation full of hypotheticals to apply the evidentiary rules and principles.

ritha p.

Hypotheticals were on point

Brian B.

The lecture was informative

Larson E.

Informative. Great refresher.

Claude A.


Bruce C.

Interesting course.

Glen A.

Exceeded my expectations.

Brenda W.

I loved the hypotheticals!

Joseph L.

Excellent review, blew out some cobwebs, filled in gaps.

Candace B.

Excellent Course and Materials.

Casandra B. W.


John C.

This is a superb course. Detailed explanation of the rules followed by numerous hypos to facilitate internalizing the rules. More CLE programs should follow that approach rather than merely reciting applicable legal rules and underlying policies.

Ian G.

Liked the speaker a lot.

Russ C.

Great primer on evidence, thorough.

Ivan K.

Very informative course, great examples

Edward P.

I loved the Soprano examples! The written materials are excellent.

Keith P.

very comprehensive coverage and good examples throughout

Julie A. B.

A solid, worthwhile program delivered by a well-prepared speaker who recognizes how to capture an audience. Insightful and practical presentation easily incorporated into practice.

Darrell R. J.

Absolutely one of the very best presenters!

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