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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.

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Table of Contents

Chapter One — Trial Preparation

Chapter Two — Selecting the Jury
  
Chapter Three — Opening Statement

Chapter Four — Basic Evidence and Procedure

Chapter Five — Relevance Rules

Chapter Six — Hearsay

Chapter Seven — Direct Examination

Chapter Eight — Exhibits

Chapter Nine — Cross-Examination and Impeachment

Chapter Ten — Expert Witness

Chapter Eleven — Privileges

Chapter Twelve — Closing Argument

Appendix A Danielson v. ComputerCentre Associates

Appendix B Paves v. Johnstone

Appendix C Federal Rules of Evidence