Welcome to an exciting new way of learning!
In 2014, I began a new project. My objective was simple – I wanted to make the laws of evidence more understandable to law students, lawyers, and the public at large. These videos are the result. I began with 28 capsules for my Evidence Law class – and these capsules still make up the core of this collection – and have added to them over time. My hope is to eventually have a video analysis of every rule of evidence there is. I hope these are of use to you!
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Videos 23 -25b and other topics
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These capsules are for teaching purposes to provide introductory explanations of evidence law.
2) THIS IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE
This is not to be considered as legal advice nor are these capsules intended to be comprehensive or exhaustive in content.
3) SOME ERRORS INCLUDED
Yes, sorry about that. While I am proud of my work, I am the first to admit some capsules contain errors. The goal was to present quality work quickly but due to time constraints, I was unable to correct every mistake.
4) GENERALIZATIONS ARE MADE
In the interests of time, certain points are generalized. This doesn’t mean they’re “wrong”, but nuances are often fleshed out in the course materials or in class. Rather than include caveats with every sentence, I sometimes make broad generalizations even though I’m aware there might be exceptions that can occasionally arise. Again, the goal is to promote a generalized understanding that provides a platform for deeper learning.
5) PLEASE DON’T QUOTE ME!
I will strongly disavow any attempt to rely upon the content within these capsules in conflict with another professor, judge, lawyer, etc. Thus, anyone who says “yes, but Professor Sankoff said blah blah”… will receive no support from me! Especially where exams are concerned, it is always good practice to follow your Professor’s view of the law. If this material helps you, by all means use it, but do so with care.
(Intended for evidence course students)
1) Thriving in the Flipped Classroom
3) Probative Value
4) Prejudicial Effect
5) The Discretion to Exclude
6) Probative Value & Witness Credibility
7) Character Evidence
8) Bad Character Evidence & the Accused in…
9a) Good Character Evidence
9b) The Rule Against Splitting the Case
10a) Modes of Proof: Admissions
10b) Modes of Proof: Judicial Notice
10c) Modes of Proof: Witness Competence &..
11) Introduction to the Hearsay Rule
12) Defining Hearsay: Difficult Applications
13) Exceptions: Framework, Admissions & Res…
14) Major Common Law & Statutory Exceptions
15) The Principled Exception
16) Direct Examination
17) Oath Helping & Prior Consistent Statements
18) Cross Examination
19) Collateral Fact Rule
20a) Prior Inconsistent Statements
20b) Collateral Fact: Defendant’s Prior …
21a) Opinion Evidence and Non-Expert Opinion
21b) Expert Opinion: Overview
22) Expert Opinion: Restrictions
23) Legal Advice Privilege
24a) Litigation Privilege
24b) Settlement Privilege
25a) Privileges and Immunities
25b) Privilege Against Self-Incrimination