Spring Term 2019

Lesson #1 on 1/14/19
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Part I:  Introduction to Evidence

 

         Study Guide

xxv

         Chapter 1 – Why Take This Course?

1

         Chapter 2 – Types of Courtroom Evidence

5

         Chapter 3 – Four W’s of the Federal Rules

19

         Chapter 4 – Structure of a Trial

31

Lesson #2 on 1/16/19
 

         Chapter 5 – Raising and Resolving Evidentiary Objections

39

   

Part II:  Relevance and Undue Prejudice

55

         Chapter 6 – Relevance

55

[Class did not meet as originally scheduled on Wednesday, 1/23/19.]  
Lesson #3 on 1/28/19
 

         Chapter 7 – Prejudice, Confusion, or Waste of Time

71

         Handouts: Old Chief case and Flight as Evidence of Guilt

 
Lesson #4 on 1/30/19
 
Please reveiw Old Chief case and end of Chapter 7, then proceed with Chapters 8, 9, and 13.  

         Chapter 8 – Fitting the Rules Together

89

   

Part III:  Specialized Article IV Rules

88

         Chapter 9 – Subsequent Remedial Measures

93

         Chapter 13 – Liability Insurance

157

[Class did not meet as originally scheduled on 2/4/19.]  
   
Lesson #5 on Wednesday, 2/6/19
 

         Chapter 10 – Settlements and Offers to Compromise

111

         Chapter 12 – Criminal Plea Bargaining

141

         Chapter 11 – Medical Expenses

Assigned: After you have completed the reading for Lesson #5, take the role of a trial attorney in Morris v. Blake, available in the Evidence in Practice module from the eBook on your eProducts bookshelf. Run the simulation Morris v. Blake as many times as necessary to be comfortable with the material and prepare to discuss it in class.

133

[Class did not meet as scheduled on Monday, 2/11/19.]  
Lesson #6 on Wednesday, 2/13/19
 

Part IV:  Witnesses

 

         Chapter 14 – Putting a Witness on the Stand

Handout on NY law.

165

 
Lesson #7
183-217

         Chapter 15 – Examining Witnesses

183

         Chapter 16 – Refreshing a Witness’s Memory

205

   
   
Lesson #8 on Wednesday, 2/20/19
217-258

Part V:  Impeachment

 

         Chapter 17 – Impeaching Witnesses

217

         Chapter 18 – Using Prior Statements to Impeach Witnesses

227

         Chapter 19 – Revealing Untruthful Character on Cross-Examination

Assigned: In addition to reading the chapter, watch a brief lecture reviewing the chapter, then test yourself on several multiple choice questions.

247-258

   
Lesson #9 on 2/27/19
[259-296]

         Chapter 21 – Reputation or Opinion Evidence of Untruthful Character

281

         Chapter 22 – Cross-Examining the Character Witness

291-296

         Chapter 20 – Using Criminal Convictions to Impeach Witness

259-279

   
Lesson #10 on 3/4/19
297-319
Please review Chapters 20 and 22, then read:  

         Chapter 23 – Religious Beliefs and Impeachment

297

 

 

Part VI:  Rule of Completeness (Chapter 24)

301

   

Part VII:  Character Evidence

 

         Chapter 25 – Character Evidence and the Rules

307

   
Lesson #11 on 3/6/19
 

         Chapter 26 – Evidence to Prove Character as an Element

319

         Chapter 27 – Using Character Evidence to Prove Propensity

329

         Chapter 28 – Character Evidence to Show Propensity in Criminal Prosecutions

335

         Chapter 29 – Method of Proving Propensity in Criminal Cases

345

   
Lesson #12 on 3/18/19
 
[Please review Chapter 29.]  

         START Chapter 30 – Crimes, Wrongs, or Other Acts. Please read the entire chapter, if you can.

         - Handout - sample of 404(b) pleading

359

Lesson #13 on 3/20/19
 

         FINISH Chapter 30 – Crimes, Wrongs, or Other Acts .

         - Handout - sample of 404(b) pleading, same as above

         - Handout - different sample of 404(b) pleading, re: drug knowledge

 

359

         Chapter 31 – Habit

385

   
Lesson #14 on 3/25/19
 
Please review Chapter 31, then read:  

         Chapter 32 – Rape Shield Law

395

         Chapter 33 – Propensity in Sexual-Assault and Child-Molestation Cases

415

   
Lesson #15 -- Online-Make-up for cancelled class
 

Part VIII:  Preliminary Questions (Chapter 34)

425

         Please review all course materials to date.

 

Lesson #16 on 3/27/19
 

Part IX:  Introduction to Hearsay

 

         Chapter 35 – What Is Hearsay and Why Don’t We Like It?

443

         Chapter 36 – The "Truth of the Matter Asserted"

457

         Chapter 37 – What Is a Statement?

471
   
Lesson #17 on 4/1/19
 

         Chapter 38 – Admissible Hearsay

483

Part X: Hearsay Exemption—Prior Statements by Witnesses

(Chapter 39)

489

Part XI:  Rule 803 Exceptions

 

         Chapter 40 – Present Sense Impressions and Excited Utterances

511
   
Lesson #18 on 4/3/19
 
Thursday 6:30 PM Make-up Lesson 18 on 4/4/19
 

[Class did not meet as scheduled on Wednesday, 4/3/19.]

 

         Chapter 41 – State of Mind

525

         Chapter 42 – Medical Treatment

545
Lesson #19 on 4/8/19
 

         Chapter 43 – Recorded Recollection

559

         Chapter 44 – Hearsay Within Hearsay

571

         Chapter 45 – Business Records

579
Lesson #20 on 4/10/19
 

         Chapter 46 – Public Records

595

         Chapter 47 – Other 803 Exceptions

609
   

Part XII:  Rule 804 Exceptions

 

         Chapter 48 – Rule 804 Introduction—What Is Unavailability?

623
   
Lesson #21 on 4/15/19
 

         Chapter 49 – Former Testimony

631

         Chapter 50 – Dying Declarations

643

         Chapter 51 – Statement Against Interest

649

         Chapter 52 – Forfeiture

659
   
Lesson # 22 on 4/17/19
 

Part XIII:  Opposing Party Statements

 

         Chapter 53 – Statements by Opposing Parties

667

         Chapter 54 – Statements by Opposing Parties in the Context of Multiple Parties

681
   
Lesson #23 4/18/19, Thursday Make-Up
 

         Chapter 55 – Statements of Coconspirators

695
   

Part XIV:  Hearsay Conclusion

 

         Chapter 56 – Residual Exception

711

         Chapter 57 – Attacking a Declarant’s Credibility

721
   
Lesson # 24 on Monday 4/22/19
 

         Chapter 58 The Sixth Amendment and Hearsay

729
   

Part XV:  Judicial Notice (Chapter 59) [Part of Online Lesson, below]

765

   
Lesson #25 on Wednesday 4/24/19
 

Part XVI:  Opinion and Expert Testimony

 

         Chapter 60 – Lay Opinions

777

         Chapter 61 – What Subjects Are Appropriate for Expert Testimony?

789

         Chapter 62 – Qualifying Experts

809
   
Lesson #26 on Friday 4/26/19
 

         Chapter 63 – Bases of Expert Opinion

817

         Chapter 64 – Limits on Opinion and Expert Testimony

837

         Chapter 65 – Court-Appointed Experts

853
   
Lesson #27 on Monday 4/29 - Optional Make-up Class
 

Part XVII:  Privileges

 

         Chapter 66 – Introduction to Privileges

859

         Chapter 67 – Attorney-Client Privilege

867

         Chapter 68 – Other Privileges

891
   
Lesson #28 Online-Make-up for cancelled class - Click HERE to go to page to view or to download. Do this before the examination!
 

Part XVIII:  Authentication, Best Evidence, and Presumptions

 

         Chapter 69 – Authentication

909

         Chapter 70 – Best Evidence

929

         Chapter 71 – Presumptions

949
   
   
Examination - Friday, May 3, 2019, at 2:00 PM, rooms 340 (A-M) & 350 (O-Z).

Video of examination process discussion.

Sample Prior exams, on prior exams page.

 

Syllabus from Summer 2017, here, also 2018.

 

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