Spring 2018 Course Schedule

Evidence (LAW-633-001)
David Aaronson

Meets: 04:00 PM - 05:50 PM (TuTh) - Warren - Room N102

Enrolled: 15 / Limit: 65

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This course will survey the common law, state statutory and federal rules of evidence. The rules, principles behind the rules, and cases interpreting them shall be examined. It will expose students to many of the issues that confront the everyday practice of law arising under the federal rules of evidence in the courts of the United States. The topics covered in this course include: making the record; relevance (character, habit, and other policy based rules); hearsay (definition, exceptions, and exemptions); 6th Amendment Confrontation Clause; direct and cross-examination, and impeachment; writings (authentication and best evidence rule); competency of witnesses; and, opinion and scientific evidence.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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Required Materials

Required casebook: Park and Friedman, Evidence, Cases and Materials, 12th edition (2012); Foundation Press, ISBN: #9781609301385; with 2015 Update (distributed to class by instructor without charge).

Required evidence pamphlet: Daniel J. Capra, Federal Rules of Evidence with Evidence Map, 2017-2018; West Publishing, ISBN: #9781683287599.

First Class Readings

Class 1, January 9th

Required Background Reading

Chapter 1

Casebook: 1-77; FRE: 101 & 1101, 102-106 and Advisory Notes

Required background reading. Information in this chapter will be applicable throughout the course. FRE 101-106 are foundational to all other rules.

Class 2, January 11th

Chapter 2-A-B

Casebook 79-88, Problems 100-101; FRE: 401-402, 403 and Advisory Notes