Beckman, Crump, and Galves' Evidence: A Contemporary Approach, 3d
Sydney A. Beckman, Susan W. Crump, Fred A. Galves
The third edition of this book presents the Federal Rules of Evidence, as amended through December of 2015, in a clear and concise manner that is accessible and engaging to both professors and students. Each chapter begins with an explanation and rationale for the chapter's topic. The applicable rule or rules of evidence are also replicated at the beginning of the relevant sections, eliminating the requirement that students purchase a separate book of rules. The chapters continue to feature fresh visual presentations and layouts by use of text boxes, diagrams, and color-border segregated features. The book's most distinguishing feature, however, is still the accompanying electronic version with extensive hyperlinking to Westlaw versions of legal materials, Black's Law Dictionary definitions, and a large number of supplementary online resources. The third edition also utilizes more and improved logic maps to assist students in their evidentiary analysis.
In response to user comments, the authors have reorganized the third edition so that the first three chapters set the stage for students unfamiliar with the courtroom. These chapters now present a basic outline of trial procedures and include how the rules of evidence apply to the presentation of witnesses and physical evidence. Although the authors are long time law professors, they also have extensive litigation backgrounds and know that students learn evidentiary concepts much more readily if they can see and hear them applied in a more practical fashion. For this reason, the authors have included numerous dialogues in question/answer format demonstrating how testimony, objections, and exhibits are presented in a courtroom setting. Finally, this edition provides detailed Executive Summaries in a new outline format at the end of each chapter for study and organized review. Students can use these outlines to make certain they have not missed the main points of a chapter, as well as a foundational structure upon which to build on their own outlines.
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More About The Authors
Sydney A. Beckman
Professor Beckman, practiced law for over fifteen years and was an adjunct Professor at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law for five years and a faculty member at the Charleston School of Law for three years before becoming the founding Dean of the proposed Lincoln Memorial University School of Law. A former partner in the firm of Goodman, Clark & Beckman in Arlington, Texas, he also served for three years as a municipal judge pro tem and served periodically as a visiting family law magistrate. He has authored dozens of articles and numerous books in the area of family law and is currently coauthoring a textbook on Evidence.
Professor Beckman received his law degree from Baylor University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University. He has lecture throughout the United States and in Canada on using technology effectively in the classroom and has spoken throughout the years at various law related functions and CLE activities. Professor Beckman remains committed to using cutting edge technology in the classroom to maximize students' learning.
Prior to full-time teaching, Professor Beckman held officer positions in the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists and the Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court. He was selected for two consecutive years by his peers to be named a Texas Super Lawyer and appeared in Texas Monthly and Law and Politics Magazines. He also served on the Legislative Committee to the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and holds an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell. » Read more about Sydney A. Beckman
Susan W. Crump
Susan W. Crump is a professor at Houston College of Law, Houston Texas, teaching in the areas of civil procedure, evidence, criminal law, and European Union law. During the course of her academic work, she has also served as pro bono counsel to Death Row inmates in Harris County (Houston) Texas.
Prior to teaching Crump was an Associate of Butler & Binion, handling cases in the areas of commercial insurance defense, antitrust, patent, probate, and tort litigation. She also served as the Assistant District Attorney for Harris County, were she tried more than 100 contested cases, ranging in minor misdemeanors to murders.
Crump earned her B.A. degree from the University of California, Davis. She was awarded her J.D. degree magna cum laude from the University of Houston Law School, were she served as Editor of the Houston Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Barons.
In addition to book authorship, Crump has written numerous articles including “Lockhart v. McCree: the "Biased But Unbiased Juror", What Are the States' Legitimate Interests?”, 65 Denv. U. L. Rev. 1 (1988), “Evidence, Fifth Circuit Survey”, June 1992-May 1993, 25 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 677 (1994)(with Elaine A. Carlson), “Jury Misconduct, Jury Interviews, and the Federal Rules of Evidence. Is the Broad Exclusionary Principle of Rule 606(b) Justified?”, 66 N.C. L. Rev. 509 (1988) » Read more about Susan W. Crump
Fred A. Galves
Professor Fred Galves has been a law professor since 1993 and he is the owner of Galves Litigation Consulting. Professor Galves teaches Evidence, Civil Procedure, Trial Advocacy, and other Litigation-related courses. Galves was a full professor at the Pacific McGeorge Law School faculty from 1993-2015 and currently he is teaching part-time at Denver University Law School, Concord Law School, and Colorado College. Professor Galves also offers litigation technology consultant services as well as mediation services.
Professor Galves lectures widely on Litigation, the use of technology in the practice of law, and he is heavily involved with Online Dispute Resolution. In addition to being an Evidence casebook co-author, Galves has published several other law books and law review articles. Professor Galves has taught at the University of California at Davis School of Law, Fordham Law School, the University of Denver Law School, Southwestern University Law School, and Colorado College.
Professor Galves also teaches several international courses to Americans and foreigners. He has taught Trial Advocacy in Chile and China, private international litigation in Guatemala and Austria, alternative dispute resolution in Germany, and for almost two decades taught in the UC Davis USA Law Orientation Program for foreign attorneys and LLM students.
Following graduation from Harvard Law School in 1986, Professor Galves served as a judicial clerk for Judge John L. Kane (U.S. District Court, District of Colorado). He later practiced with the Denver law firm of Holland & Hart, specializing in complex commercial litigation and litigation against former directors and officers in failed banks and savings and loan associations.
Galves has worked on national banking legislation with both the Senate and House Banking Committees. Professor Galves has done pro bono legal work in Chile on a human rights fellowship from Harvard, and was a Harvard teaching fellow in Principles of Economics (“EC 10”).