2019 Evidence Boot Camp

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

At the Live! Casino & Hotel Hanover, MD 21076

with Andy Levy and Special Guest: Hon. Joe Murphy Court of Appeals of MD (Ret.)

Crowded dockets and alternative dispute resolution have made going to trial an increasingly rare experience for most lawyers. Even experienced litigators find that their familiarity with the rules of evidence becomes rusty from lack of use.

This comprehensive one-day seminar is a unique opportunity to brush up your knowledge of the rules, including proof of character, witness impeachment, hearsay, authentication of ESI, expert witnesses, and scientific evidence. The approach will be practical, and particular emphasis will be given to the many critical differences between the Maryland and federal rules.

Among those who will benefit from this seminar are:

  • Lawyers with upcoming trials who need a refresher course on the Rules of Evidence;
  • Out-of-state lawyers with a Maryland case who are familiar with the Federal Rules of Evidence but need to learn the ways in which the Maryland Rules differ;
  • Lawyers who want to get their evidence admitted and their opponent’s evidence excluded!


8:15-8:45 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45-9:00 Introduction: Scope of the rules; researching Maryland evidence law; preserving objections; judicial notice
9:00-10:30 Session I: Relevance; prejudice; authentication of ESI; best evidence; categorical rules of exclusion; character evidence; habit
10:45-12:00 Session II: Witness examination; credibility; impeachment by prior conviction; privileges
12:00-1:00 Lunch (provided!)
1:00-2:30 Session III: Everything you need to know about hearsay
2:45-4:00 Session IV: Lay and expert opinion; scientific and technical evidence (Frye/Reed and Daubert)
4:00-4:30 Q&A

Registration Fee

Includes: Lunch, Maryland Courtroom Evidence Manual, Full-day Seminar, Free Parking

On/Before 4/04/19 – $450

After 4/04/19 – $495

10% discount when 2 or more register from the same organization.

About the Instructor

Andy LevyAndy Levy is a partner at Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP, where his practice includes most areas of criminal and civil litigation. He is a “Top 10 Super Lawyer,” and has been selected by Best Lawyers in America in eight categories, including Appellate Practice, Bet-the-Company Litigation, White-Collar Criminal Defense, Commercial Litigation, and Mass Tort Litigation/ Class Actions-Plaintiffs.

Andy is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a faculty member of the Judicial College of Maryland, where he lectures on evidentiary issues to Maryland judges.

A long-time member of the University of Maryland School of Law’s adjunct faculty, where he has been voted “Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year” three times, Andy has taught Evidence to a generation of Maryland lawyers.

Andy is co-editor of the leading Maryland appellate treatise, Sandler, Levy & Klepper, Appellate Practice for the Maryland Lawyer: State & Federal (MSBA) and lead author of Levy & Hornstein, Maryland Evidence Courtroom Manual (LexisNexis).

Brown, Goldstein & Levy, a 23-lawyer law firm based in Baltimore, handles a wide variety of civil and criminal cases. It is a client-centered law firm that strongly identifies with its clients and their problems, and has the skill, the experience, and the tenacity to solve those problems.

The Special Guest

The Honorable Joseph F. Murphy, Jr. retired from the Court of Appeals of Maryland in 2011 to join Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin and White. His practice focuses on alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration.

Judge Murphy also provides appellate and litigation consultation services. He is widely considered an expert on trial practice and appellate advocacy.

Prior to his elevation to the Court of Appeals, Judge Murphy was Chief Judge of the Court of Special Appeals. Judge Murphy has authored hundreds of published appellate opinions. He also served as a trial judge on the Circuit Court for Baltimore County.

Judge Murphy currently teaches Evidence at the University of Baltimore School of Law and Trial Practice at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. He is the author of the Maryland Evidence Handbook (LexisNexis).

View brochure PDF here to register.