National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Taking the fear out of character evidence

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The character-evidence rules (FRE 404-406, 608-609, and state equivalents) are perhaps—no, not perhaps, definitely—the most confusing and trouble-causing of all the rules. Compared to them, hearsay is easy! Jay Leach and Henry Brown will walk you through the rules, the usage, and the underlying theory. You will emerge with a calm, cool, collected mastery of the subject.

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Henry A. Brown

Morrison & Foerster LLP
San Francisco, CA

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Thomas Jay Leach

Pacific McGeorge Schl of Law
Sacramento, CA

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