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This 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 book includes 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. A number of problems are based on scenarios drawn from films and TV shows, so instructors can show video clips in conjunction with the problems.
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 the Federal Rules of Evidence, a subject overview, illustrations, examples, and problems. While appellate court opinions are not the primary text of this book, the ways that judges discuss evidence rules are important and a useful basis for classroom discussions. Consequently, many chapters provide summarized versions of relevant opinions.
Features of the Seventh Edition include:
- An expanded Appendix 2, which sets forth California Evidence Code provisions that differ in significant ways from the Federal Rules of Evidence and provide comparative approaches to evidence rule-making.
- An expansion of Chapter 19, which consists primarily of multiple-choice questions (and answers). Because many Evidence examinations include multiple-choice questions, the revised version of Chapter 19 will be especially helpful to students.
- Chapter 5 (Character Evidence), Chapter 8 (Lay Witness Opinions), and Chapter 9 (Expert Witnesses) have been completely rewritten under the leadership of Dustin Benham, the book’s new co-author.
- A brand new Chapter 20, which presents evidentiary review exercises in the form of excerpts from actual historically significant trials. The cases from which the excerpts are taken include the trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the O.J. Simpson trial, the Menendez Brothers trial, and the trial of Anderson v. W.R. Grace, the subject of the film A Civil Action. Analyses of the questions embedded in these transcripts are in the Teachers Manual.
The Teacher's Manual provides answers to every problem, exercise, and role-play. It also includes excerpts from recent scholarship on cutting-edge issues, answers (with explanations) to multiple-choice questions, and teaching hints. The Manual also includes a set of one of the co-author’s teaching notes.
Many disputes are too big for small claims court but too small to justify a lawyer’s fee. Fortunately, if you are willing to learn the courtroom ropes, you can successfully handle your own case from start to finish.
Represent Yourself in Court breaks the pretrial and trial process down into easy-to-understand steps. Armed with these clear and thorough instructions, you’ll be well prepared to:
- file court papers
- get help from an attorney or legal coach
- obtain and prepare your evidence, including social media postings
- handle depositions
- line up and prepare witnesses
- present an opening statement
- cross examine hostile witnesses
- make and respond to objections
- pick a jury if necessary
- deal with the court clerk and judge
Whether you are a plaintiff or a defendant, this book will help you handle a bankruptcy, divorce, landlord-tenant dispute, breach of contract case, small business dispute—or any other civil lawsuit. Also a great resource for law students.
This new edition is completely updated to include the latest rules and court procedures.
This book demystifies the complex rules and procedures of criminal law. It explains how the system works, why police, lawyers, and judges do what they do, and what suspects, defendants, and prisoners can expect. It also provides critical information on working with a lawyer.
In plain English, The Criminal Law Handbook covers:
- search and seizure
- arrest, booking, and bail
- Miranda rights
- plea bargains
- common defenses
- working with defense attorneys
- constitutional rights
- juvenile court
- preliminary hearings
- public defenders
- victims’ rights
This edition is completely updated, covering the latest in criminal law, including U.S. Supreme Court cases.
A perfect book for law students, lawyers, legal assistants, witnesses, expert witnesses, and anyone who wants to represent themselves in court, Nolo's Deposition Handbook provides all the information you need to sail through the deposition process with confidence. This edition contains updated statutes, cases, and rules -- plus, new material on "electronic discovery" which applies to information stored in computers, including records and emails.
The Sixth Edition expands the coverage of the Federal Rules of Evidence, explaining and illustrating how to lay foundations that satisfy evidentiary requirements set forth in the rules. Foundational requirements for electronic records and many other types of exhibits, including those prepared by courtroom graphics experts, also gain additional prominence in the new edition. Some of the illustrative examinations and arguments in the new edition are drawn from trials that took place in a variety of eras. For example, the chapter on closing argument compares arguments made in the murder trial of Euphiletus (Greece, circa 400 B.C.) with those made in the trial of OJ Simpson (1995). Among the other trials from which illustrations are drawn are those of the Rosenbergs (the so-called “atomic spies,” 1953), the Menendez Brothers (1991), the “Hillmon case” (1890’s), and the “Triangle Shirtwaist Fire” case (1911). The illustrations from these cases are not only interesting, but also suggestive of enduring principles of persuasion.
Another feature of the Sixth Edition are analyses of examples drawn from classic courtroom films such as Anatomy of a Murder, 12 Angry Men and My Cousin Vinny. Combined with these new and expanded features, the Sixth Edition preserves many of the features that have made the book so valuable to readers. For example, the book continues to carefully explain principles, illustrate them, and analyze the illustrations. Popular “models,” such as the Credibility Model and the Safety Model of Cross Examination, also appear in the new edition. Also carried forward is the book’s light tone which makes it not only useful but also a good read.
Cracking the Case Method, 2d ed., provides concise and down-to-earth information on how to succeed in law school by answering these questions and many others. Students need to know what to study and how the opinions they read and class meetings relate to law school exams. This book provides an in-depth examination of these critical topics:
- The Case Method and its relationship to Socratic-style questioning and effective legal analysis.
- Semester-long strategies for learning how to “think like a lawyer” by getting the most out of reading opinions, attending classes, outlining, and preparing effectively for exams.
- How to read cases with a focus on legal issues, legal principles, and judges’ rationales for adopting and applying those principles.
- How to prepare case briefs and use them to prepare for class.
- The major types of legal argument, with many illustrations drawn from actual cases.
- Using class discussions as opportunities to practice legal analysis, based on annotated excerpts from actual first-year class discussions.
- Preparing for exams by outlining course materials and practicing exam-taking skills.
- An approach for analyzing exam questions and writing effective exam answers that display legal analytical skills, with illustrations drawn from actual essay exam questions and annotated answers.
This book provides indispensable information to anybody who is considering applying to law school, preparing for his or her 1L year, or who currently is in law school.
Whether you face a criminal case, work in law enforcement, or simply want to know more about the criminal law system, this book can help.
Criminal Law: A Desk Reference covers the basic to the complex in alphabetical order. Whether it’s “alibi” or “writ of habeas corpus,” the book makes it easy to find and understand what you’re looking for. It even provides links to articles about the law in your state.
With this book you’ll be able to:
- learn the law with real-life examples
- understand procedures from arraignment through sentencing
- determine defenses to common crimes
- examine actual criminal statutes
- understand juvenile court
- know how appeals work, and
- learn how to work with a lawyer.
This edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect the latest criminal law trends and Supreme Court rulings.