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NCRA offers e-seminars produced by College of William & Mary

May 19, 2014

VIENNA, VA., May 14, 2014—The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters and captioners, today announced that it has added CLCT Evidentiary Topics for Non-lawyers, three new 90-minute e-seminars to its catalog of continuing education sessions. The e-seminars are geared specifically toward court reporters wanting a better understanding of the cases they take and the law and procedures that surround them.

 

The content and videos of the series were created by the College of William and Mary Law School’s Center for Legal and Court Technology, and NCRA had them converted into e-seminar format. Each of the e-seminars in the series features Fredric I. Lederer, chancellor professor of law and director of the Center for Legal and Court Technology (CLCT).

 

The three-part series, which includes The Concept of Relevance, Legal Relevanceor Inadmissible by Reason of Public Policy, and The Concept of Hearsay and Its Exceptions, can be viewed independently, although the CLCT recommends they are viewed in the following sequence:

 

The Concept of Relevance addresses the most basic rule of evidence – that evidence, including testimony, documents, and physical evidence must be “relevant” to be admissible – and discusses this concept and its application.

 

Legal Relevance or Inadmissible by Reason of Public Policy addresses the many rules which make relevant evidence inadmissible, even when it appears to be of great potential use in court.

 

The Concept of Hearsay and Its Exceptions addresses one of the most interesting and difficult areas of the law of evidence: When can an out-of-court statement be used at trial given that oftentimes the maker of such a statement may not even be in court to be cross-examined?

 

Professor Lederer is the founder and director of CLCT and is responsible for the McGlothlin Courtroom, the world's most technologically advanced trial and appellate courtroom, and the Court Affiliates, an organization of federal, state, and foreign courts. Through the CLCT, he conducts legal and empirical research and provides courtroom and hearing room design consulting throughout the world, including most recently assisting the U.S. Social Security Administration in its effort to more efficiently use modern technology in its hearing rooms, working with the U.S. Department of Defense's Office of Military Commissions to support the Guantanamo Bay courtrooms, and assisting the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit with technology for appellate court matters.

 

Lederer's areas of specialization include legal technology, evidence, technology-augmented trial practice, electronic discovery and data seizures, criminal procedure, military law, and legal skills. He is the author or co-author of eleven books, numerous articles, and two law-related education television series.

 

Each 90-minute e-seminar costs $99 and offers 0.15 continuing education credit. A 20 percent discount is available for the purchase of the entire series as a bundle, and offers a 90-day on demand view time. The total continuing education unit offered for the three e-seminars is 0.45.

 

For more information, contact Angie Ritterpusch, CRI, NCRA education program manager, at aritterpusch@ncra.org.

 

About NCRA

The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) is internationally recognized for promoting excellence among those who capture and convert the spoken word to text for more than 100 years. NCRA is committed to supporting its more than 16,000 members in achieving the highest level of professional expertise with educational opportunities and industry-recognized court reporting, educator and videographer certification programs. NCRA impacts legislative issues and the global marketplace through its actively involved membership. Forbes has named court reporting as one of the best career options that do not require a traditional four-year degree and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the court reporting field is expected to grow more than 5 percent in the coming years. For more information, visit www.NCRA.org.