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Spring Seminar

Courtroom Evidence 2023
Selected Issues and Recurrent Problems

A MatLaw Advanced Institute
7 CLE Credits - including 1 Privacy & Data Protection Credit)
Approval Pending

Approval Pending

Streaming in May!

Back by Popular Demand - Updated and Better Than Ever!!!

Our Spring 2023 program will present our most popular thematic seminar, Courtroom Evidence! It will bring you up-to-date coverage of the most salient evidentiary issues that so often come to the fore in our matrimonial and family law trials. This program will bring you the important “old standbys,” such as our incisive tour of the hearsay rule
and a review of standard evidentiary foundations that are simply “must- know-cold” rules. It will also bring you incisive analysis of the evolving law of expert testimony and cutting-edge coverage of digital evidence.

Whatever your level of experience, whatever the nature of the cases you handle, Courtroom Evidence will give you the mastery you need to present your case effectively.


The Hearsay Rule and Its Exceptions
› Non-Hearsay Out-of-Court Statements; State of Mind Evidence; Relevance Per Se
› Party Admissions vs. Declarations Against Interest
› Business Records; Multi-Tiered Hearsay
› Medical Records: Diagnosis & Treatment – Recent Expansions
› Child Witnesses and Out-of-Court Statements; FCA § 1046(a)(vi) – Recent Developments
› Past Recollection Recorded vs. Present Recollection Refreshed
› Excited Utterances – Recent Court of Appeals Discussion...and much, much more!

Privacy and Data Protection (NEW CLE REQUIREMENT)
› Lawyers’ Ethical and Professional Responsibilities Regarding Protection of Electronic Data and Communication

Evidentiary Foundations
› Best Evidence Rule
›  Audio & Video Recordings
› Photographs, X-Rays, MRIs, etc.
› Diagrams, Charts, etc.
› Electronic Evidence, e-Mails, Texts, & Social Media

Expert Evidence: Reliability and Validity; Admissibility Standards & Issues
› Science, Non-Science, Pseudoscience & the Need for Skepticism and Critical Thinking
› Qualifications
› Evidentiary Basis
› Methodology
› Formulating Admissibility Challenges: Frye, Daubert & Hybrid Approaches
› Special Issues: Sexual Abuse, Battered Spouse & Other Syndrome Evidence

Credibility & Cross-Examination
› Vouching Rule
›CPLR 4514 Impeachment
›Collateral vs. Non-Collateral Issues


    timTimothy Tippins Esq.

    Timothy M. Tippins, Esq. is an adjunct professor at Albany Law School and serves on the faculty of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology and on the Affiliate Postdoctoral Forensic Psychology Faculty at St. John’s University. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Forensic Psychology at Siena College.  He is a private practitioner who has engaged in matrimonial and family law practice since 1975 and now devotes his practice exclusively to serving as special counsel and consultant to other family law practitioners on a nationwide basis with respect to cross-examination of expert mental health testimony.  Tippins has served in all major professional leadership positions in the New York family law community, including President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers - New York Chapter, Chair of the NYSBA Family Law Section, and Chair of the NYSBA Task Force on Family Law.  Tippins is a regular feature columnist for the New York Law Journal and Author of New York Matrimonial Law & Practice, a three-volume treatise published by Thomson-Reuters.

    Company Name: MatLaw Systems Corp.
    E-mail: tmtippins@matlaw.com

    Lauren K. DeLuca, Esq.

    Lauren K. DeLuca, Esq. has been engaged in a private practice focused on complex matrimonial cases, custody litigation, and enforcement proceedings since graduating from Albany Law School.  She has extensive experience with evidentiary hearings and depositions, net worth preparation and analysis as well as discovery management.  Two years ago, she partnered with Cynthia J. LaClair, Esq., (formerly Cynthia J. Tippins, Esq.) to form LaClair & DeLuca, PLLC, a practice located in Albany, New York which is limited to family and matrimonial law.  Ms. DeLuca is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Albany County Bar Association.  She has published in various professional journals such as the New York City Law Review and the Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  Ms. DeLuca has been a guest lecturer for Albany Law School’s Matrimonial Law class and she has presented at a number of MatLaw Seminars.

    Nicholas G. Himonidis, JD, CFE, CCFS, CCFI, CRC

    Mr. Himonidis has over 30 years of experience in fraud investigations, computer forensics and law. He is currently the President / CEO of The NGH Group, Inc., specializing in complex investigations, digital forensics, cyber security, crypto asset and blockchain forensics and e-Discovery. Mr. Himonidis is an attorney, licensed to practice law in the State of New York, a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), a Certified Computer Forensic Specialist (CCFS), one the very few Certified Cryptocurrency Forensic Investigators (CCFI) in the United States at this time and is Chainalysis Reactor Certified. He has been qualified in court as an expert witness in the field of Computer Forensics and the Authentication of Digital Evidence and has lectured extensively and published numerous articles on various technical, investigative and legal topics, including accredited CLE programs on cybersecurity issues for attorneys and their clients in matrimonial litigation.