Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

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"Rules of Evidence" Symposium Explores Differences between Federal and California's State Evidence Code January 12, 2007
"Rules of Evidence" Symposium Explores Differences between Federal and California's State Evidence Code

In 1967, California became the first U.S. jurisdiction to codify its law of evidence with the implementation of the California Evidence Code (CEC). Up to this point, the state’s bar exam currently only tests on the Federal Rules of Evidence (FRE), which has been adopted by a majority of states. However, the 40th anniversary of the CEC coincides with its inclusion on the California State Bar Examination.

The Southwestern University Law Review will hold a two-day symposium titled "Rules of Evidence: FRE V. CEC" on February 2 and 3, 2007 to examine the difference between California and Federal regulations. Topics covered will include hearsay, character evidence and impeachment, testimony of experts and issues relating to relevance, competence and witness statements. Differences in California and federal rulemaking will also be addressed by leading scholars of the law of evidence from California and across the country.

Distinguished legal scholars legal scholars from law schools around the country will serve as panelists. They include:

Southwestern Law School

Mark Cammack
Norman Garland
Dean Bryant Garth
Isabelle Gunning
Myrna Raeder

Stanford Law School George Fisher
Miguel A. Méndez
University of California, Los Angeles
School of Law
Paul Bergman
Jennifer L. Mnookin
University of Southern California
School of Law
Jody Armour
Thomas Lyon
University of Michigan Law School Richard D. Friedman
William Mitchell College of Law Eileen A. Scallen
University of California, Berkeley,
Boalt Hall School of Law
Eleanor Swift
University of the Pacific, McGeorge
School of Law
Fred A. Galves
David Miller
University of California, Hastings
College of the Law
David Faigman
Roger Park
Arizona State University College of Law David H. Kaye
University of California, Davis
School of Law
Edward J. Imwinkelried

Loyola Law School Los Angeles
Victor J. Gold
David P. Leonard
Santa Clara University Gerald Uelmen

Articles written in coordination with the symposium will be published in the Southwestern University Law Review; copies of the issue will be sent to participants and will also be available for purchase. For further information about the Law Review, contact Southwestern's Student Affairs Office.

The symposium will take place from 9 a.m. to 5:25 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2 and from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3 in the historic Bullocks Wilshire Building on Southwestern's campus, 3050 Wilshire Boulevard, in Los Angeles. The cost is $75 for non-Southwestern Alumni seeking 7.75 hours of CLE credit; $50 for Southwestern Alumni seeking 7.75 hours of CLE credit; and $40 for those not seeking CLE credit. Information on registering for the event can be found here. Parking is available on campus for $6. For a map and directions, click here.