Evidentiary Foundations & Objections (LAW-968-001)
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Evidentiary Objections & Foundations is a practical course designed to enrich students’ understanding of the Federal Rules of Evidence and their application in a trial setting. Through a series of exercises, which simulate pretrial motions and witness examinations, students develop the skills to advocate for and against the admissibility of evidence at trial.
The trial simulation exercises, which are followed by critiques, help students master laying foundations for various types of evidence, making evidentiary proffers, and objecting to evidence. Additionally, students prepare their own witnesses to testify, learn how evidentiary rules can be used both strategically and tactically.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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- Trial Practice: Exercises in Witness Examination and the Rules of Evidence, P. Milich, 2nd edition (West Academic, 2018) [referred to as “Workbook”] ISBN-13: 9781640206878
- Trial Evidence, Mauet and Wolfson, 7th edition (Aspen, 2019) [referred to as “Trial Evidence”] ISBN-9781543810677
Note: There will be supplemental materials (e.g. exhibits, stipulations) for some of the Workbook exercises on the course’s MyWCL page.
First Class Readings
Trial Evidence, Chapter I, Advocacy Approach to Trial Evidence (pp. 1-7)
Chapter II, Role of Trial Judge § 2.3 (pp. 13-26),
Chapter V, General Relevance § 5.1-3 (pp. 75-85)
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