Evidence Syllabus

Evidence Syllabus - Evidence Spring2011...

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Spring 2011 Florida State University College of Law Professor Elizabeth Chamblee Burch: office 323, phone 644-7474, e-mail eburch@law.fsu.edu Office Hours:  Mondays 2:45-4:15, Thursdays 2:45-4:15 or anytime by appointment Course Description: This course aims to provide you with a working knowledge of the Federal Rules of Evidence and the  policies underlying and driving those Rules.  The rules of evidence govern the introduction of all types  of evidence ( e.g.,   testimonial, tangible, documentary, photographic, demonstrative, or scientific). In  order to fully comprehend the rules as applied during a trial, it is essential to study them in the context  of litigation.  We will therefore  study the application  of the rules through a series of problems  interspersed throughout the course. These problems call on you to play the role of an attorney who is  handling an evidentiary issue in court. You may be required to lay the foundation for admission of  evidence or to object to the attempt to admit evidence by opposing counsel. You may also be called  upon to offer direct- or cross-examination of a witness or to object to such testimony. You will not be  graded for your performance, but you will be expected to make a good-faith effort.  My pedagogical goals are to help you understand that often there are no absolute answers; to focus on  the policies underlying a rule so that you can argue effectively for admissibility or inadmissibility; to  keep you from feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of material on the one hand, but, on the  other, to help you see the Federal Rules of Evidence as an integrated body; and to encourage you to  read the Advisory Committee notes carefully.  To further these goals, we will spend most of our class  time analyzing problems, doing brief role plays, and occasionally watching short film chips, or  analyzing rule language.  In that sense, then, this class will be different from your other classes that  adopt a traditional case book method that focuses on case analysis. Course Materials:  Evidence Under the Rules: Text,  Cases and Problems  (6th ed. 2008) (Required)  2010 Federal Rules of Evidence  with Advisory Committee Notes and Legislative History  (Required)) Course website – Blackboard (which includes the Florida Evidence Code) Handouts Suggested Reading: Arthur Best,  Evidence   students find this particular supplement helpful; however, I will not assign any  required readings from this text. 1
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This note was uploaded on 05/25/2011 for the course LAW Evidence taught by Professor Burch during the Spring '11 term at FSU.

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