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Fall 2022 Reading Group

Hard Questions in Evidence

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: No Exam

This reading group will survey some of the hardest problems in evidence scholarship today. Much like Hilbert’s problems in mathematics at the beginning of the 20th Century, which helped set the agenda that followed, this course will look at where scholarship in evidence and proof should go next. Topics covered will include: the nature of the burden of proof, how best to handle expert evidence, the future of character evidence, the need and continuing viability of the hearsay rule, how to respond to the vanishing trial, and the (un)desirability of codified rules of evidence.

Note: This reading group will meet on the following dates: 9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 11/30