Summary: This new Evidence book breaks with tradition to provide both a theoretical and practical understanding of the Federal Rules of Evidence. Under the principle that learning is most effective when it is both challenging and fun, the authors present numerous courtroom-based problems, both to facilitate the students' theoretical understanding of the rules and to develop their ability to apply evidence rules in practice. The problems, of varied style, complexity and length ...show more, provide for a variety of discussions and activities throughout the semester.
The authors believe that any Evidence book should explain and illustrate evidentiary concepts, before asking students to critique those concepts and work through interpretive possibilities. Therefore, Evidence Law and Practice consistently provides examples, practice hints, explanations and illustrations in the form of mini-transcripts. Each chapter begins with a checklist of important questions to be addressed for each subject area, followed by the pertinent provisions of Federal Rules of Evidence, a subject overview, illustrations, examples, and problems. While appellate court opinions are not the primary text of this casebook, the ways that judges discuss evidence rules are important and a useful basis for classroom discussions. Consequently, many chapters provide a "library" of important opinions.
The textual materials emphasize and explore evidentiary areas of critical importance in litigation, including the links between admissibility of evidence and the factual adequacy of foundations, expert evidence issues, and the exculsion of oppressed qroups based on race, ethnicity, gender, class, or sexual orientation. The Teacher's Manual provides sample course syllabi, helpful instruction tips, sample examination questions, and additional illustrations and examples to facilitate and enhance classroom discussion. ...show less