Rules of Evidence in Virginia: Authentication and Privileges (On Demand Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 1.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 1.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Designation Credit: 1.0 Trial Practice/Litigation
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Price: $119 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 01/31/2026


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the April 2023 webcast, Rules of Evidence in Virginia: Authentication and Privileges.

Course Outline

  • Understand how to authenticate all types of evidence under the rules in Virginia
  • Examine the various privileges that exist and how they can be voluntarily or involuntarily waived
  • Get an extraordinary set of written materials, the electronic version of Virginia CLE®’s A Guide to the Rules of Evidence in Virginia—a $90 value—included in the regular fee!

In many cases, the outcome of a trial comes down to the evidence. It is important for counsel to be familiar with the rules of evidence, because even the best evidence is useless if it cannot be admitted. This program examines two of the rules: authentication and privileges. Learn about the practical applications of these rules to authenticate any piece of evidence, and understand what evidence may be protected because it involves communications with special relationships based on confidentiality.

Join us for a discussion on these two important rules of evidence with an experienced civil litigator who guides you through the basics and best practices when it comes to authentication and privileges.

Topics will include:

  • Best practices for authentication
  • Self-authentication and application statutes
  • Laying the foundation for the authentication of internet communications, videos, cell phone records, social media content, photographs, etc.
  • Existence of privileges
  • Waiver of privileges
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Melissa Hogue Katz, McGavin, Boyce, Bardot, Thorsen, and Katz, PC / Fairfax

Melissa H. Katz is a principal at McGavin, Boyce, Bardot, Thorsen, and Katz, PC. Her practice focuses on personal injury defense. She obtained her B.A. from the University of Virginia and J.D. from the University of Richmond. Before joining her present law firm, she clerked for the late Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell of the Supreme Court of Virginia. Ms. Katz is a Past President of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys and is presently serving on the Virginia Model Jury Instructions Committee. She is recognized by both Washington, DC, and Virginia Super Lawyers and honored in the Virginia Lawyers Weekly Inaugural Class of Influential Women of Law 2019 and a 2022 Washingtonian Top Lawyer. She is a fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation and on the Board of Directors for the Fairfax Law Foundation.

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