Overview of Major Topics Covered:
Introduction; What Is the Law of Evidence; Basic Areas of Evidence Law; Role of Lawyer, Jury and Judge Objections; Timeliness and Specificity Requirements; Motions in Limine; Preserving Error for Appeal; Origin of the Federal Rules of Evidence; Relevance; Definition of Relevance; Direct and Circumstantial Evidence; Conditional Relevancy; Discretionary Exclusion; Reasons for Excluding Relevant Evidence; Legal vs. Logical Relevancy; Similar Happening Evidence; Statistical Evidence; Photographs; Reenactments and Demonstrations; Standard of Care; Subsequent Remedial Measures; Offers to Compromise and Compromises; Offers to Pay Medical Expenses; Liability Insurance; Character Evidence; Character an Essential Element of Claim or Defense; Character to Prove Conforming Conduct; Other Crimes Evidence; Motive; Identity; Absence of Mistake or Accident; Intent; Common Plan or Scheme; Opportunity; Preparation; Procedural Issues; Habit; Hearsay Defined; Hearsay Exceptions; Mnemonic; Admission by Party Opponent; Declaration Against Interest; Dying Declarations; Former Testimony; Forfeiture; Definition of Unavailability; Excited Utterance; Present Sense Impression; State of Mind; Statements for Medical Diagnosis or Treatment; Business Records; Public Records; Learned Treatises; Identification; Residual; Confrontation Clause; Witness; Competency; Direct and Cross Examination; Impeachment; Rehabilitation; Prior Consistent Statements; Opinion and Expert Testimony; Lay Opinions; Expert Witnesses; Ultimate Issue Rule; Authentication; Best Evidence Rule; Privileges; Attorney-Client Privilege; Doctor-Patient and Psychotherapist-Patient Privilege; Marital Testimony Privilege; Judicial Notice; Presumptions
About the Professor:
Professor Steven J. Goode received the “Teaching Excellence Award” at the University of Texas-Austin where he is a Distinguished Teaching Professor and Fulbright and Jaworski Professor of Law. In 1998, he was elected to membership in the University of Texas Academy of Distinguished Teachers, the highest honor a teacher can receive at the University. Since his graduation from Yale Law School in 1975, he has authored and co-authored numerous publications in Evidence, some of which include: The Guide to Texas Rules of Evidence; Civil and Criminal (West), The Courtroom Handbook on Federal Evidence (West) and the Sum and Substance Quick Review Outline on Evidence. Professor Goode is a magna cum laude graduate of Williams College.