Advanced Topics in Evidence

Advanced Topics in Evidence

Professor Charles Nesson
Fall 2021 seminar
W 4:15pm - 6:15pm in WCC Room 3008
2 classroom credits

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: No Exam

We consider legal truth from jury view: proof by live witness, proof by expert, and the relationship of truth to evidence, time and viewpoint. We explore the nature of a judicial 'finding of fact.'

Expect periodic short assignments in writing, peer appreciation and critique. We will discourse in both true-name zoom-space and pseudonymous threads-space. Students will write two papers for grade, an initial paper (500 words) in response to a specified question due at the outset of the exam period, and a final reflective paper (1500 words) due at the end of the exam period.

This is NOT a course on the Federal Rules of Evidence.

Subject Areas: Procedure & Practice, Legal & Political Theory, Legal History, Government Structure & Function, Criminal Law & Procedure, Constitutional Law & Civil Rights