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- By Phillip Hardberger. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 1996. 5th edition.
This annually updated volume provides a topical arrangement of evidentiary issues. Within each topic the author provides the Texas Rule, the federal equivalent and then key cases and commentary. Appendices provide the text of the rules, a table of cases and detailed subject index.
- By Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 1979.
This guide's six volumes are arranged by section to correspond with the progression of the Texas criminal justice system, making their detailed information easy to access. Each volume contains a number of chapters divided into four parts covering legal backgrounds, procedural practice tips, sample forms, and research resources and bibliographies.
View the table of contents for this multi-volume set.
- By David Schlueter. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 2015. 5th edition.
Written for the attorney new to practicing in Texas courts, this title covers basics of the law of evidence in Texas and the details of the real world of Texas trial practice. This fourth edition offers analysis of modern technical evidentiary issues, including the authentication of email, caller identification, and computer simulations. The process for offering social media conversations and statements in to evidence is also added. The complete Texas Rules of Evidence is included as an appendix.
- By David Sonenshein. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2015. 1st edition.
"This book contains vignettes of trial testimony all designed to raise evidentiary issues in the context in which they occur. Whether this resource is used in an evidence or trial advocacy classroom, professional learning environment, or for your own personal study, the vignettes are extraordinary examples of how specific evidentiary issues arise at trial. Additionally, this resource provides a context for a better understanding of the rules of evidence as they are applied - a skill set every successful attorney acquires." - from the publisher
- By Anthony J Bocchino. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2015. 11th edition.
"Whether in moot court or trial, A Practical Guide to Federal Evidence, Eleventh Edition, will guide you to mastery of making and responding to evidentiary objections. Objections and their responses are grouped by subject category of the objection for easy location. The extensive practice commentaries given for each objection will help you understand the application of the Federal Rules of Evidence in practice and enable you to deal with the common issues that arise. This edition also includes the 2011 restyling of the rules and current amendments through December 2014.
The Federal Rules of Evidence and a quick reference guide to objections are included. The handy quick reference guide includes only the minimum language required to make or respond to objections for quick use in moot or trial court and provides reference to the more detailed explanations in the text." - from the publisher
- By Anthony J. Bocchino. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2015.
Whether in moot court or trial, A Practical Guide to Federal Evidence, Eleventh Edition, will guide you to mastery of making and responding to evidentiary objections. Objections and their responses are grouped by subject category of the objection for easy location. The extensive practice commentaries given for each objection will help you understand the application of the Federal Rules of Evidence in practice and enable you to deal with the common issues that arise. This edition also includes the 2011 restyling of the rules and current amendments through December 2014. The Federal Rules of Evidence and a quick reference guide to objections are included. The handy quick reference guide includes only the minimum language required to make or respond to objections for quick use in moot or trial court and provides reference to the more detailed explanations in the text. The eBook versions of this title feature links to Lexis Advance for further legal research options.
- By Jefferson L. Ingram. Published by Elsevier Science. 2014.
"Criminal Evidence is a well-respected and trusted introduction to the rules of criminal evidence for criminal justice students and professionals. The first half of this book follows the Federal Rules of Evidence in its explanation of how evidence is collected, preserved, and presented in criminal court. The second half provides a selection of relevant criminal court cases that reinforce these basics and provide the context of how these rules are currently practiced. Readers will have an understanding of how concepts of evidence operate to convict the guilty and acquit the innocent.
Part of the John C. Klotter Justice Administration Legal Series, this twelfth edition provides many updates, new references to recent cases, and a current version of the Federal Rules of Evidence. Student aids include chapter outlines, key terms and concepts lists, a glossary, a table of cases cited, and online interactive case studies. Teacher resources include Instructor's Guide, test bank, and PowerPoint slides.
Thoroughly revised, updated, and streamlined to include recent case law on evidence
Each chapter includes outlines, key terms and concepts, and review questions to aid understanding
Appendices include a helpful glossary; Federal Rules of Evidence as amended and effective through December 1, 2013; Table of Jurisdictions That Have Adopted Some System of Uniform Rules for Regulating the Admission and Exclusion of Evidence through 2014; and Table of Contents of the Uniform Rules of Evidence with 2005 Amendments." - from the publisher
- By Edward Imwinkelreid. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 2007. 2nd edition.
This text describes in detail how to create a foundation that ensures that the evidence presented in a criminal trial is admissible. Some of the topics covered are competency of witnesses, privilege, hearsay rule and motions to suppress evidence. Chapters include an evidentiary foundation, its doctrine, elements of the foundation and sample foundations.
- By Albert Moore. Published by Thomson West. 2010. 1st edition.
"This resource helps refine and improve deposition skills, such as obtaining answers to critical questions; finding out everything deponents know about topics and events; undercutting harmful testimony that emerges at deposition; obtaining information from deponents who claim not to understand questions or who interpret questions in a hypertechnical way; exploiting deponents’ conflicting statements; dealing with opposing counsel’s objections; undermining adverse experts’ opinions; and preparing for deposition. The book also contains chapters on taking special depositions, including those of an adverse expert, a Rule 30 (b) (6) deponent, and a deposition to preserve the testimony of your own witness for trial." - from the publisher
- By David Lazer. Published by MIT Press. 2012.
A critical look at the use of DNA in the criminal justice system both historically and in the future. Written by a group of distinguished experts, including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, this collection of essays provides insight into the use of DNA evidence. Topics discuss the advancement of the technology in criminal justice and the trade-offs between individual freedom and societal interests.
- By Paul Rothstein. Published by Thomson West. 2012. 6th edition.
"The newest (restyled) version of the Federal Rules of Evidence, reproduced in the appendix, are the anchor of this single-volume Nutshell, with some state variations noted where important. The text summarizes significant U.S. Supreme Court decisions, including the latest Confrontation Clause cases; additional leading cases; forefront expert and scientific evidence developments; and principal schools of evidentiary thought. It includes practical implementation as well as scholarly approaches, and pays attention to the litigation process as a whole and interdisciplinary cross-pollination where helpful." - from the publisher
- By Roger Park. Published by Thomson West. 2011. 3rd edition.
"Written from an advocate's perspective, this guide provides practical insights into courtroom procedure and the dynamics of litigation. In clear and engaging prose, it explains the Federal Rules, selected state variations, major cases, essential doctrines, and important underlying policies. Frequent practical examples drawn from courtroom practice provide a feel for the context in which evidence problems arise." - from the publisher
- By Edward Imwinkelried. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 2015. 9th edition.
Evidentiary Foundations looks at all major evidentiary doctrines. In this 9th edition the author looks at each doctrine, cites to the applicable Federal Rule of Evidence, discusses the leading cases on the topic, lists the foundation elements, and then gives an example of a sample foundation. Each foundation element is given a number which is used again in the sample to help illustrate how the foundation is used.
- By Edward Imwinkelried. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 2015. 4th edition.
In the foreword the authors note that “In Washington v. Texas, 388 U.S. 14 (1967), the Supreme Court elevated to constitutional status the right to present exculpatory evidence.” The authors created this volume to be a comprehensive examination of the development of the defendant’s right to present exculpatory evidence. Defense attorneys need to be aware of every possible avenue to overcome the evidentiary exclusionary rules that might present a roadblock to presentation of exculpatory evidence.
- By David M Malone. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2013. 2nd edition.
"In this compact and easy-to-use handbook, David Malone and Paul Zwier provide practical advice on every aspect of creating, discovering, using, offering, and opposing exhibits in litigation.
• Does your expert need some excitement in his presentation?
• Are you unsure what the judge means when she says, "What's the foundation for this exhibit under the Original Document Rule, counsel?"
• Are you worried that your opponent's graphics--or your own--may be misleading?
If your questions have to do with exhibits--from intersection diagrams on the blackboard to computerized re-creations in the courtroom--you can find the answers in Exhibit Rules." - from the publisher
- By David M Malone. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2013. 2nd edition.
"Expert Report Rules, Second Edition, provides a quick and ready practical reference to issues and approaches for experts and the busy trial lawyers who present them. In this conversational and engaging text, David Malone shares his insights and brings clarity to the many issues surrounding the expert report writing process:
• who has an obligation to file an expert report (including a discussion of "hybrid" witnesses and the expert's assistants)
• what should be included in the report
• who writes the report
• creating and retaining drafts
• what portions of the preparation activities are discoverable
• supplementing the initial report
• Daubert-Kumho Tire issues
• relationship between the Expert Report and the Expert Deposition
• how the report will be used at trial
Expert Report Rules is designed to help attorneys and experts deal in common-sense way with the situations that arise as they work their way through the pretrial and trial process." - from the publisher
- By David M Malone. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2012. 3rd edition.
"Expert Rules answers the most commonly asked questions about experts, such as: How do you approach an expert problem? What is the impact of Daubert on expert preparation, direct and cross? How do you structure direct examination of an expert? How do you avoid fatal blunders when you prepare an expert?
Even though Daubert is now almost twenty years old, most attorneys' familiarity with its application hasn't changed much -- when the experts they most often see are local doctors, most attorneys still need help when confronted with new fields manned by new or unusual experts. Expert Rules provides that help and more.
This concise, easy-to-follow guide provides practical and in-depth information on how to deal with an expert -- from finding the expert, to helping the expert prepare her report, deposing (and defending) the expert, conducting expert direct and cross-examination, and helping the expert prepare factual, informative, and persuasive testimony." - from the publisher
- By Steven Lubet. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2014. 3rd editoin.
"This title will give experts the confidence they need to be comfortable in court, and give the skills necessary to emphasize the credibility of your experts. You can avoid pitfalls such as unintentional signals, inappropriate demeanor and appearance, and awkward body language.
Elizabeth Boals and Steve Lubet coauthored the Third Edition of Expert Testimony: A Guide for Expert Witnesses and the Lawyers Who Examine Them expanding and amplifying the original book with:
• New guidance on the development and presentation of expert testimony in the digital age, including discussion of visual aids and electronic discovery
• Updated analysis of the Federal Rules of Evidence and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
• Updated discussion of the ethical rules governing expert retention and testimony
• Examples of expert witness examinations and detailed discussion of techniques for coping with lawyer questioning
• Checklists for quick reference" - from the publisher
- By Elizabeth Loftus. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 2013. 5th edition.
This valuable long-lived title was updated in 2013 to its fifth edition. In the foreword, the authors reiterate “the conversation between working lawyers, investigators and psychologists—between the lab, the street, and the courtroom—is constant.” With this active collaboration, eyewitness testimony is constantly the subject of rigorous research. Based on psychological research and observation of the legal system’s use of eyewitness testimony, the team of authors examines how to elicit reliable recollections and how to test the reliability in a courtroom setting. Valid science is described in accessible terms and contrasted with “junk science.” Numerous examples taken from legal cases and scientific studies make this an interesting and valuable resource.
- By Stephen Saltzburg. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 2015. 11th edition.
"The Federal Rules of Evidence Manual provides the following for each Rule: the complete, current text; a current explanation by experts on federal evidence rules; comprehensive descriptions of salient cases; and the relevant legislative history. Supplements issued twice each year ensure that the Manual remains up to date." - from the publisher
- By David Sonenshein. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2014. 12 edition.
"Federal Rules of Evidence with Objections, Twelfth Edition contains the complete text of the Federal Rules of Evidence as amended to December 1, 2014. This useful guide is organized for quick reference, with an alphabetical section of major objections, and includes practical tips and legal interpretations for each rule." - from the publisher
- By Donald Shelton. Published by Rowman & Littlefield. 2011.
"Forensic Science in Court explores the legal implications of forensic science—an increasingly important and complex part of the justice system. Judge Donald Shelton provides an accessible overview of the legal issues, from the history of evidence in court, to "gatekeeper" judges determining what evidence can be allowed, to the "CSI effect" in juries.
The book describes and evaluates various kinds of evidence, including DNA, fingerprints, handwriting, hair, bite marks, tool marks, firearms and bullets, fire and arson investigation, and bloodstain evidence. Assessing the strengths and limitations of each kind of evidence, the author also discusses how they can contribute to identifying the "who," "how," and "whether" questions that arise in criminal prosecutions.
Author Donald Shelton draws on the depth of his experiences as courtroom prosecutor, professor, and judge, to provide a well-rounded look at these increasingly critical issues. Case studies throughout help bring the issues to life and show how forensic science has been used, both successfully and not, in real-world situations." - from the publisher
- By Michael Bowers. Published by Academic Press. 2013.
This title "provides a clear and intuitive discussion of the legal presentation of expert testimony. The book delves into the effects, processes, and battles that occur in the presentation of opinion and scientific evidence by court-accepted forensic experts. It provides a timely review of the United States Federal Rules of Evidence (FRE) regarding expert testimony, and includes a multi-disciplinary look at the strengths and weaknesses in forensic science courtroom testimony. The statutes and the effects of judicial uses (or non-use) of the FRE, Daubert, Kumho, and the 2009 NAS Report on Forensic Science are also included. The presentation expands to study case law, legal opinions, and studies on the reliability and pitfalls of forensic expertise in the US court system. This book is an essential reference for anyone preparing to give expert testimony of forensic evidence." - from the publisher
- By Michael Kurland. Published by Ivan R. Dee. 2012.
"The rise of scientific thinking in finding, catching, and convicting criminals—and, just as important, freeing the innocent—has transformed society's assault on crime. Before scientific detective work, early attempts to maintain public safety relied on the severity of punishment rather than any probability of apprehension. But with the rapid development of the sciences in the nineteenth century, some techniques began to spill over into more effective police work.
Michael Kurland's engrossing history of forensic science recounts this remarkable progress, which continues to the present. He traces the history of the major techniques of criminal detection and many of the minor ones. Here are Bertillon's physical measurements used to recognize habitual criminals; the study of fingerprints identifying criminals long after they have left the scene of the crime; Gravelle's comparison microscope comparing bullets to determine if they have been fired from the same gun; the development of bloodstain identification and, ultimately, the blood type involved. Mr. Kurland explains how once–accepted techniques have fallen by the wayside—handwriting analysis, for example—and how methods such as lie detectors, voice spectrum analysis, bite mark evidence, and other methods have proven unworthy.
Finally Irrefutable Evidence explores the rise of modern DNA typing techniques, which have proven the innocence of many persons convicted of major crimes and resulted in the exoneration of more than two hundred on death row." - from the publisher
- By Deanne Siemer. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2015. 4th edition.
"In Laying Foundations and Meeting Objections, Deanne Siemer gives you the questions to ask and the answers to get from your witness so that your exhibits will be admitted in evidence. Set up the foundation for an exhibit and protect against the objections available to your opponent. This text provides easy-to-follow examples for text documents, e-mails, spreadsheets, computer printouts, charts, graphs, maps, diagrams, drawings, computer animations, and more.
Never lose an exhibit to your opponent's objection. Make sure you do not miss any of the four elements of foundation: competence of the witness, identification of the exhibit, relevance, and authentication. Each of the elements has specific requirements right from the evidence rules. Keep yourself on firm ground so that each element is met. See how you can separate the objection to foundation from the other objections--hearsay, original document, and policy (undue prejudice, confusion, waste of time)--so that you can respond quickly and effectively when your opponent challenges your exhibit." - from the publisher
- By Kenneth Broun. Published by Thomson West. 2014. 7th edition.
"This single-volume treatise is largely free of citations to authority, but retains the most notable footnotes. Topics covered include preparing and presenting evidence, cross-examination, and the procedure for admitting and excluding evidence. Discusses privilege against self-incrimination, privilege concerning improperly obtained evidence, scientific evidence, and demonstrative evidence. Reviews authentication, the hearsay rule, burdens of proof, and presumptions. Text also identifies current issues." - from the publisher
- By Graham Lilly; Daniel J. Capra; Stephen A. Saltzburg. Published by Thomson West. 2012. 6th ed.
"This text examines all topics typically covered in a three- or four-hour course in evidence. Emphasis is on the Federal Rules of Evidence, now adopted in most states. Should the reader desire additional material, ample footnotes provide easy access to leading cases, articles, and standard reference works. The sixth edition contains the restyled rules and all the new developments on the Confrontation Clause. Dan Capra is the reporter, Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Evidence, and Steven Saltzburg served as a consultant." - from Google Books
- By Michael Coyne. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2011. 1st edition.
"Bridge the gap between theory and practice with this practical guide. Offering tips, advice, and checklists, Trial Prep for the New Advocate gives new attorneys a comprehensive resource for handling case preparation. Understand the pretrial process from initially meeting and interviewing the client to creating a war room and trial notebook. Learn the essentials of preparing and presenting a case with a professional presence and efficient process. This book is divided into three parts--covering a substantive overview of pretrial and trial processes, practical skills for preparation, and advice for developing long-lasting professional relationships with staff, opposing counsel, and the courts. Each chapter includes:
• Organizational tips
• Trial prep checklists
• Tips from experienced trial lawyers and others
• Key terms
• Practice exercises and problems" - from the publisher
- By Michael Fontham. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2013. 4th edition.
"Evidence and Trial Advocacy are often taught as if in practice; the topics are not related. The original edition of this title pioneered the concept that instruction on trial technique and evidence rules in the same volume is an effective way to teach either an evidence or trial advocacy course. This combination provides students with the foundation for becoming skilled trial advocates within the boundaries of the rules of evidence. Trial Technique and Evidence explains the purpose and application of each evidence rule. The practical methods of presenting evidence are balanced against the requirements of the rules. Indeed, many evidence rules are "practice" rules, either not covered in the formal rules of evidence or not addressed in detail. The basis for introducing demonstrative exhibits, for example, is not included in the federal rules, and impeaching witnesses in trial requires knowledge of practical technique. Trial Technique and Evidence allows a professor to incorporate practical requirements with evidence theory. The text also includes practical steps for compliance with the rules, with examples to facilitate the student's understanding, and addresses recent developments such as:
• Jury persuasion
• Application of rules to electronic evidence
• Trends in applying the Daubert factors for assessing expert testimony
• Amendments to the Federal Rules of Evidence
But this eminently practical book is not just for law students--practitioners will find a wealth of information with which to brush up their skills and gain new insight into their practice." - from the publisher
- By Joseph McLaughlin. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 1997. 2nd edition.
The preface explains that the goal of this five volume treatise is "to present in readable prose an account of how the most modern codification of the law of evidence has fared in the federal courts." While the focus is on current law, historical information is presented in appendices. A table describing of state and military adaptations of the Federal Rules is included.
View the table of contents for this multi-volume set.