Trial Evidence

About the Committee


The Trial Evidence Committee monitors developments in the law of evidence. With more than 2,000 members, the committee offers an excellent opportunity to network with other litigators and to remain current on evidentiary issues. The committee produces a quarterly newsletter, which typically includes articles on various evidence issues, surveys of national and regional developments in the law of evidence and updates on significant state and federal evidence cases. Throughout the year, the committee also sponsors and co-sponsors programs at national and regional ABA meetings. Members review a wide variety of evidentiary issues and may work on various subcommittees and publications addressing issues such as expert witnesses, highly technical evidence, electronic evidence, legislation, ethics, privileges, and others raised under the Federal Rules of Evidence and their state counterparts.

If you are a trial attorney, especially a new or young trial attorney, the Trial Evidence Committee can offer  tremendous benefits to you. The committee addresses fundamental as well as cutting-edge evidentiary issues that affect each of us in our practice, and it offers valuable tools for us as trial attorneys. Membership in the Trial Evidence Committee is free with your membership in the Section of Litigation.


Write for Us

The ABA Trial Evidence Committee needs YOU to write a Practice Point! Practice Points are short blog-style pieces (no more than 750 words, and shorter is fine) that end with a practical tip for the practitioner.  You can write about a recent case that changed the law or provided clarity, an issue you encountered and how to solve it, or something you think everyone should know.  

Writing a Practice Point is a great way to get involved in the ABA and in our committee, and a great way to get your name out there as a knowledgeable person in your field!

If you are interested in writing one, please contact Helene Hechtkopf .

Message from the Chairs

Dear Trial Evidence Committee members,

Welcome to the Trial Evidence Committee’s webpage. We offer a great array of evidentiary resources, including practice pointers and Sound Advice podcasts to improve your trial practice, and quarterly newsletters highlighting developments in the law of evidence.

We also offer numerous live events throughout the year, from telephonic roundtables on practical topics to committee networking dinners at the Section and the ABA annual meetings. Be sure to check them out!

If you are interested in becoming more involved in developing or delivering content to our members, please contact one of our cochairs, Jack BradyAnji Foster, or  Ken Klemm. We encourage everyone to actively participate in the committee and to get involved in the committee. Check out the tips we have below.

Get Involved 
Monthly Committee Calls

The committee holds monthly conference calls on the third Tuesday of each month at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. To join these calls, use the call-in number (712) 432-0075 and passcode 965879#.


The committee sponsors programs and its members participate in a number of national and regional meetings throughout the year. You can click here for ABA Section of Litigation events and CLE programs in which your membership entitles you to participate.


Involvement in the committee is a great way to get your name in print and to network with attorneys from around the country. We are excited to involve a large group of interested people in generating content, from short practice pointers and podcasts to longer newsletter articles. If you are interested, please contact Helene Hetchkopf or Kristen Fraser.

You can join the committee by signing into your account at

If you have any ideas for programs, articles, or speakers, or ideas for involving judges, attorneys, or experts in the field in the work of our committee, please contact one of our co-chairs.

We always welcome your input and participation.


Patrick "Jack" Brady, Anji Foster, and  Ken Klemm
Cochairs, Trial Evidence Committee, ABA Section of Litigation


Our active subcommittees include:

• Distance Learning

• Membership and Diversity

• Newsletter and Website

• Programming

• Social Media/Young Lawyer Outreach


Find contact information for committee and subcommittee chairs:
» Download Subcommittee Leadership Roster

Committee Leadership


Patrick "Jack" Brady
Kenneth "Ken" Klemm
Sherilyn Pastor


Helene R. Hechtkopf

Keith H. Rutman

Newsletter Editor

Bill Marsillo

Nancie Marzulla