Confidence in the Courtroom: Understanding the Federal Rules of Evidence

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  • A concise and practical guide to the Federal Rules of Evidence used in trials
  • Learn useful tools to gain confidence in the courtroom and communicate effectively with the judge
  • Discover how to utilize legal reasoning when preparing for a trial
  • Perfect for attorneys, professors, and students!


Confidence in the Courtroom is a practical guide to understanding the federal rules of evidence and how they are applied. Lawyers have a responsibility to introduce evidence that helps their client and prevent opponents from introducing evidence that is improper. The judge, who decides what evidence is allowed in, uses legal reasoning to apply the rules of evidence to the facts of the case. Understanding how legal professionals think and the way they analyze problems will help the readers communicate effectively with the judge and get the evidentiary rulings they want. Legal reasoning is the focus of the first chapter.

Subsequent chapters focus on specific federal rules of evidence. The most practical and useful rules have been selected and presented in a manageable way. As readers study these rules, they should first focus on the purpose and scope of each individual rule. As they become more familiar with the rules, they will quickly begin to see that these rules often overlap. In fact, introducing a single piece of evidence will always involve thinking about many of the rules and how they relate to each other. Referring back to earlier chapters will help the readers see the big picture when they begin to plan how the evidence in the case should be handled.


James Headley is a Professor in the Department of Government at Eastern Washington University and a mock trial coach. He received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington in 1991 before going on to receive his Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1995. He is also a former deputy prosecuting attorney and a member of the Washington State Bar Association.

Corey Osborn earned his Juris Doctor candidate at Temple University in 2010 and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Eastern Washington University in 2007 with his B.A. in Government and Economics.

Confidence in the Courtroom: Understanding the Federal Rules of Evidence
Item #: 70257
ISBN: 978-0-8377-3823-9
Pages: xiv, 56p.
1 Volume, perfect bound…….$12.95 $9.07
Published: Buffalo; William S. Hein & Co., Inc.; 2010

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