Essentials of Evidence, Plus a Special Online Benefit Concert

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Thursday, December 10: Seminar: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Concert: 5:00 pm ET
  • Online Benefit Concert Plus Optional CLE
MCLE Credit 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Registration Fee:

Concert only - $10 per household
Concert and CLE combined - $125                                       


Why Attend?

Virginia CLE®, in collaboration with the Nashville Songwriters Association International and our signature sponsor Sensei Enterprises, Inc., is pleased to continue our “concert plus CLE“ series.

The 2-hour online CLE program is Essentials of Evidence, featuring nationally known evidence expert Professor Stephen A. Saltzburg, on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 3 p.m. ET. Our sixth concert in this series will follow, featuring Nashville Songwriters Association’s Country Songwriter of the Year Stephony Smith at 5 p.m. ET.

Sponsored by Sensei Enterprises, Inc.


Essentials of Evidence, featuring nationally known evidence expert Professor Stephen A. Saltzburg

Simply put, if you don’t know the rules of evidence, you will not be successful in assessing the value of cases, in pretrial negotiations, or in court. Knowing the rules, using them to your advantage, and resisting the opposition’s improper use of the rules are skills you must constantly burnish. Spend just two hours with us, and reconnect with the Essentials of Evidence again.

You’ll be learning from the expert: Professor Stephen A. Saltzburg, nationally known teacher, author, and advocate. His discussion will focus on the Federal Rules of Evidence, but will also include discussion of the Virginia Rules where they differ, and to that latter end the written materials will be Virginia CLE’s most popular publication, the fully annotated A Guide to the Rules of Evidence in Virginia (2018–2019 edition)—a $60 value—in electronic form.

Topics covered:

  • Explore the major classes of evidentiary issues in civil and criminal trials
  • Understand those rules most commonly encountered—and those most commonly gotten wrong—at trial, and how best to deploy them


One of the most widely respected and popular songwriters in the history of the music industry, Stephony Smith is one of Nashville’s true treasures.

Stephony Smith has been named the Nashville Songwriters Association’s Country Songwriter of the Year, Billboard’s Breakthrough Writer of the Year, and Country Weekly’s Songwriter of the Year. Her accolades also include BMI Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year, ACM Song of the Year, as well as nine BMI Million-Air awards. Stephony also wrote the Grammy-nominated song “It’s Your Love,” which was the first country song in 20 years to stay at #1 for six weeks.

Her number one hits include: “It’s Your Love” by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, “Perfect Love” by Trisha Yearwood, “How Was I to Know” by Reba McEntire, “Yes” by Chad Brock, and “Back When” by Tim McGraw. Other smash hits include “Big Star” by Kenny Chesney, “What Do I Know” by Ricochet, and “Go Away” by Lorrie Morgan.

Stephony is not only a gifted writer, but a special and talented performer too. YOU CAN LISTEN TO "IT'S YOUR LOVE" HERE.

This December 10 will certainly be one of the most special performances we bring to you this year – and of course, what makes it even more special is we get to bring it to you in conjunction with our dear friends and supporters at NSAI and Sensei Enterprises.

Cost for the CLE program and the online concert is $125. Cost for the online concert only is $10. And as always, the entire share of VACLE revenue will support Virginia Law Foundation grants made to underfunded law-related not-for-profit organizations throughout the Commonwealth. 

Nashville Songwriters Association International

Established in 1967, the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is the world's largest not-for-profit songwriters trade organization and has a membership of more than 5,000 spanning the United States and eight (8) foreign countries. Consisting of a body of creative minds, including songwriters from all genres of music, professional and aspiring, for over 52 years, NSAI has been committed to protecting the rights and future of the profession of songwriting, as well as carrying a commitment to educate, elevate and celebrate the songwriter, acting as a unifying force within the music community and the community at large. To join our dear friends at NSAI as a member, or simply for more information about all they do to make our world more special, please visit

Sensei Enterprises, Inc.

Sensei Enterprises, Inc. is a nationally known cybersecurity, managed IT services, and digital forensics firm, founded in 1997 by Sharon Nelson and John Simek. Sensei provides information technology to hundreds of businesses in the DC Metro area. Sensei provides digital forensics and managed cybersecurity services nationwide.

Sharon D. Nelson is a practicing attorney and the president of Sensei Enterprises, Inc. She is a past president of the Virginia State Bar, the Fairfax Bar Association, and the Fairfax Law Foundation. She is a co-author of 18 books published by the ABA.

John W. Simek is vice president of Sensei Enterprises, Inc. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Certified Ethical Hacker and a nationally known expert in the area of digital forensics. He and Sharon provide legal technology, cybersecurity and digital forensics services from their Fairfax, Virginia firm.

Registration Deadline: 10 minutes prior to seminar. If you register for this seminar the day of the seminar, your e-mail receipt will include a link to launch the seminar and download the materials.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests will be honored through midnight of DECEMBER 8. Full refunds may be requested through DECEMBER 14 if you experience technical difficulties.

MCLE Credit Caveat: The MCLE Board measures credits by the time you spend in attendance. If you enter a seminar late or leave it early, or both, you must reflect those adjustments accurately in the credits you report on your credit reporting form. A code will be given at the end of the seminar, which must be written on your MCLE form.


CONCERT AND CLE SCHEDULE (December 10) (Eastern Time)

3:00 Online CLE: Essentials of Evidence
5:00 Stephony Smith Concert Begins!
6:00 Adjourn



Prof. Stephen A. Saltzburg, George Washington University / Washington, DC

Stephen A. Saltzburg joined GW Law in 1990. Before that, he taught at the University of Virginia School of Law, and was named the first incumbent of the Class of 1962 Endowed Chair. In 1996, he founded and directed the master’s program in Litigation and Dispute Resolution at GW. He was named University Professor, the highest title a university can confer upon a faculty member, in 2004. The Chief Justice of the United States appointed him as reporter for, and then as a member of, the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and as a member of the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Evidence. He was the reporter for the Civil Justice Reform Act Committee for the D.C. District Court before he became chair. He has served as a special master in two class action cases in the D.C. District Court, and continues to serve as a mediator for the U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. He has mediated a variety of disputes involving public agencies and private litigants; served as a sole arbitrator, panel chair, and panel member in domestic arbitrations; and served as an arbitrator for the International Chamber of Commerce.

Professor Saltzburg held the following governmental positions: associate independent counsel in the Iran-Contra investigation; deputy assistant attorney general in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, the Attorney General’s ex-officio representative on the U.S. Sentencing Commission; and director of the U.S. Treasury Department Tax Refund Fraud Task Force. He was chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section from 2007 to 2008, and represents the section in the ABA House of Delegates. He was appointed to the ABA Task Force on Terrorism and the Law and to the ABA Task Force on Gatekeeper Regulation and the Profession in 2001, and to the ABA President’s Advisory Group on Citizen Detention and Enemy Combatant Issues in 2002. In 2001 he was appointed by Chief Judge Edward R. Becker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit as co-chair of the Task Force on the Selection of Lead Counsel in Class Actions, which published its final report in 2002.

Professor Saltzburg is the author of numerous books and articles on evidence, procedure, and litigation, including the authoritative Federal Rules of Evidence Manual, now in its twelfth edition.

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