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Evidence Under the Rules: Text, Cases, and Problems, Tenth Edition

  • Christopher B. Mueller
  • Laird C. Kirkpatrick
  • Liesa L. Richter
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Evidence Under the Rules: Text, Cases, and Problems is one of the most widely adopted Evidence casebooks ever published. Structured around the Federal Rules of Evidence, the book contains carefully edited cases and secondary materials, as well as numerous problems that allow students to apply new concepts during classroom exercises or on their own. Text boxes provide interesting background on select cases and additional perspectives on key issues.  

New to the 10th Edition:

  • Additional problems are provided, and often these are combined into the Notes following cases and other materials. These problems generate good classroom discussion, without displacing conversations about the cases and the principles under consideration. 
  • The book is also redesigned, with more colors on the page, and other design features that provide clues to the content of the textual material.   
  • The Note material, found after cases and textual accounts, includes organizational headings that act as signposts calling the attention of students to the key issues. 
  • The book retains the old favorites, like Boys on the Bridge (Problem 2-C), A Papier Mache Man (Problem 3-I), and “If You Want to Stay Healthy (Problem 4_Q). 
  • New end-of-chapter quizzes are included to help in the review of the materials. 
  • A thoroughly updated and expanded Index. 

Benefits for instructors and students: 

  • Introductory text that provides a foundation for understanding the cases and materials that follow. 
  • Numerous problems that treat cutting-edge issues, allowing students to apply important concepts to contemporary evidentiary problems. 
  • A Teacher’s Manual that provides suggestions by the authors for discussing the Notes and cases.  
  • “Comment/Perspective” text boxes that provide broader perspectives to aid in understanding doctrine. 
  • Sidebars that contain photographs and text relating to important cases, offering background on how the evidence issue arose.
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About the authors
Christopher B. Mueller
Henry S. Lindlsey Professor of Procedure and Advocacy
Colorado School of Law

Christopher Mueller is the Henry S. Lindsley Professor of Procedure and Advocacy at the University of Colorado School of Law. Prior to joining the faculty of CU Law School, Christopher Mueller was a professor of law at the Universities of Illinois and Wyoming. His scholarship focuses on evidence law, particularly the rules governing hearsay and impeachment. His interest in hearsay stems from his interest in, as he says, quot;the tension between the tendency of lawyers to interpret language grammatically and structurally and the human tendency to speak by indirection, analogy, idiom, and image.quot; He notes that quot;hearsay doctrine is too often interpreted literally, and too often interpreted so as to overlook the senses in which language has operative effect.quot;strongEvidence Under the Rulesstrong is in use in more than 100 law schools today. Professor Mueller and Professor Kirkpatrick have also written a five-volume treatise, emFederal Evidenceem, that is updated annually and cited approximately twice a week by appellate courts across the country. They have also completed emModern Evidenceem, a one-volume source for judges and lawyers, and the student hornbook entitledem Evidenceem, which sells thousands of copies a year and affects the education in evidence of many students across the country. Major media outlets and newspapers across the country have called on Professor Mueller#39;s expertise during the coverage of important national trials. For example, in connection with the Oklahoma City bombing trial of Timothy McVeigh, Proessor Mueller appeared several times on The Jim Lehrer Newshour, and was frequently interviewed on National Public Radio. Professor Mueller is currently working on a civil procedure coursebook, and on updating the treatises on federal evidence. In the future, he intends to develop his expertise in complex litigation, and to focus on developments in federal jurisdiction, the reform of federal rules, and developments in privilege law.

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