Williams's Advanced Evidence: Using the Federal Rules of Evidence in Pretrial and Trial Advocacy
Advanced Evidence adopts a practical approach to studying evidence rules, focusing on identifying and raising evidentiary issues before and during trial, like trial attorneys do. The text first explains the core rules that dictate what evidence is admissible, emphasizing how the rules’ rationales factor into arguments. The text then explores advocacy considerations of whether, when, and how to raise evidentiary issues with the court before trial through motions in limine. The text also describes how to persuasively draft and argue such motions. Finally, the text describes evidentiary objections and explains how to effectively make and respond to objections at trial.