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Trial Evidence, Eighth Edition

  • Thomas A. Mauet
  • Warren D. Wolfson
  • Jason Kreag
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Well-known and experienced authors, highly respected in the clinical field, Thomas A. Mauet, Warren D. Wolfson, and Jason Kreag provide a complete review of the effective use of evidence in a trial setting. Trial Evidence, Eighth Edition is structured around the way judges and trial lawyers think about evidentiary rules, with particular focus on the Federal Rules of Evidence. Abundant real-life courtroom vignettes illustrate how evidentiary issues arise, both before and during a trial. Logical content organization follows the sequence of a trial: opening statement, direct examination, cross examination, and closing arguments. “Law and Practice” sections throughout the book are based on actual federal and state cases and bring decades of practical experience into the evidence classroom. The accessible style of Trial Evidence always focuses on practice over theory, on applying the statute rather than reading it.

New to the Eighth Edition:

  • Revised Rule 106 (Rule of Completeness) and the implication of hearsay objections
  • Revised Rule 615, clarifying the judge’s authority to ensure witnesses do not have access to prior testimony and evidence before testifying
  • Revised Rule 702, strengthening the judge’s gatekeeping role for expert testimony
  • Revised Rule 807, clarifying the residual hearsay exception
  • New problems exploring these revised rules and other contemporary evidence issues

Professors and students will benefit from:

  • Clear, objective, up-to-date explanations of evidence issues
  • Content organization that flows logically through the stages of a trial
  • Evidence law organized around the 3R’s approach: relevant, reliable, and right
  • A companion piece including hundreds of problems based on real, cited cases and focused on important, current issues
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About the authors
Thomas Mauet
Professor of Law

Professor Mauet directs the Trial Advocacy Program and teaches Evidence, Pretrial Litigation, and Trial Advocacy. For ten years Professor Mauet practiced as a trial lawyer in Chicago. He was a prosecutor with the Cook County State#39;s Attorney and the United States Attorney offices. He was a commercial litigator and specialized in medical negligence litigation with the firm of Hinshaw Culbertson. During these years he also was an adjunct faculty member at Loyola and Chicago-Kent law schools, teaching criminal law and trial advocacy. Professor Mauet is a leading authority on trials. His latest book is emTrials: Strategy, Skills, and the New Powers of Presentationem. His other books include: emTrial Techniquesem (6th ed.), emMaterials in Trial Advocacyem (5th ed.), emPretrialem (6th ed.), and emTrial Evidenceem (3d ed.), all published by Aspen Law Business. emTrial Techniquesem is the leading text in the field and has Canadian, French, New Zealand, Australian, and Chinese editions. Professor Mauet was an Arizona Superior Court Judge pro tem in 1987 - 1988 and in 1988 - 1989 taught at George Washington University as the Howrey Professor of Trial Advocacy. He has also served as a visiting faculty member at Harvard Law School#39;s trial advocacy program and at Washington University. He is a co-founder of the Arizona College of Trial Advocacy. He is a former regional director of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and has taught in numerous NITA programs throughout the United States since 1976. Professor Mauet#39;s research interests center on the application of social science research, particularly in psychology and communications, to the jury trial process.

Warren D. Wolfson
DePaul University College of Law

Judge Warren D. Wolfson joined the DePaul University College of Law as interim dean in August 2009. He brings to the deanship a wealth of expertise garnered throughout a legal career that includes 33 years on the bench and extensive academic experience. He was appointed to the Circuit Court of Cook County in 1975, elected to a full term in 1976, and retained in that position for five consecutive terms. In 1994, he was assigned to the Illinois Appellate Court, 1st District, where he served until joining DePaul. Prior to his career on the bench, he spent 18 years in criminal defense practice. Judge Wolfson, co-author of emTrial Evidenceem (4th ed., Aspen Publishers 2009) and emMaterials in Trial Advocacyem (6th ed., Aspen Publishers 2007), established and directed the highly respected trial advocacy program at Chicago-Kent College of Law from 1971 to 2009. During that time he also taught evidence and an advanced evidence seminar. Before joining Chicago-Kent, Judge Wolfson taught trial advocacy for 15 years at the University of Chicago and lectured for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

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