Professor Charles R. Nesson 3 classroom credits LAW-36000A Winter
Evidence--the law, logic, philosophy and practice of argument and proof as instruments of dispute resolution. What are the functions and limitations of trial? How does our trial system generate (and sometimes fail to generate) morally and politically acceptable conclusions to factual disputes? How and why do judges shape the evidence juries consider? How do media and digital technologies affect the process of proof? What ethical issues do lawyers face in producing and presenting evidence? You will learn 'the rules' but as an end point, not the starting point for understanding the trial process.