News: Sarah E. Spencer to Present at ALFA International Complimentary Webinar
// Nov 2, 2021
Despite the amendments to Rule 702 adopted in 2000, many district courts have misapplied their gatekeeper function and have admitted unreliable expert testimony. On April 30, 2021, the federal Advisory Committee on Evidence recommended action on an amendment to Rule 702 to fix three distinct ways in which district courts incorrectly apply Rule 702 to admit flawed expert testimony. This presentation will discuss that recommendation and the accompanying Committee Note and analyze the likely impact the amendments, if adopted, will have on the admissibility of expert testimony. It will also provide practical tips for spotting and overcoming the three most common Rule 702 admissibility errors.
Sarah Spencer Presents to Plenary Session of the Utah State Bar’s Spring Convention
// Apr 22, 2022
Sarah Spencer presented to a plenary session of the Utah State Bar’s Spring Convention on March 17, 2022. She was joined in her presentation by Justice Paige Petersen, Utah Supreme Court, Professor Anna Carpenter, University of Utah, Virginia Sudbury, a prominent solo practice lawyer, and moderator Michelle Oldroyd, director of legal education for the Utah State Bar. The topic was “Toward a More Perfect Union: The Constitution and the Rule of Law in Times of Change.”
Anna Christiansen and Karra Porter Present a Class Action Lawsuit On Behalf of Clients Who Cannot Afford Bail
// Oct 14, 2021
Attorneys Karra Porter and Anna Christiansen have filed a class-action lawsuit against two judges for unaffordable bail. Southern Utah judges Ann Marie Mciff Allen and Jeremiah Humes were listed as the defendants in the lawsuit. They are being sued for declaratory relief.