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Friedman, Richard D.

Alene and Allan F. Smith Professor of Law

412 Hutchins Hall
734.647.1078
E-mail rdfrdman@umich.edu

Richard D. Friedman, the Alene and Allan F. Smith Professor of Law, is an expert on evidence and U.S. Supreme Court history. He is also one of a few scholars developing a new field, examining sports and games as legal systems. Prof. Friedman is the general editor of The New Wigmore, a multi-volume treatise on evidence. His textbook, The Elements of Evidence, is now in its third edition, and he is coauthor of Park & Friedman's Evidence: Cases and Materials, now in its 12th edition. He also has written many law review articles and essays. In Crawford v. Washington, 541 U.S. 36 (2004), the Supreme Court radically transformed the law governing the right of an accused to "be confronted with the witnesses against him" by adopting a "testimonial" approach, which Prof. Friedman had long advocated; he now maintains the Confrontation Blog to comment on related issues and developments, and he has successfully argued two follow-up cases, Hammon v. Indiana and Briscoe v. Virginia, in the Supreme Court. Prof. Friedman earned a BA and a JD from Harvard, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and a DPhil in modern history from Oxford University. He clerked for Chief Judge Irving R. Kaufman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and then practiced law in New York City. He joined the Law School faculty in 1988 from Cardozo Law School. He is a 2010 recipient of the Patriot Award from the Washtenaw County Bar Association.

See Prof. Friedman's Confrontation Blog.

Recent Publications

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​Co-author. The Federal Rules of Evidence: Text and History. J. Deahl, co-author. Forthcoming.

​"The Conundrum of Conspirators, Confrontation, and Hearsay." (Forthcoming).

Review of The Chief Justiceship of Charles Evans Hughes, 1923-1941, by W. G. Ross. Forthcoming.

"Forfeiture of Confrontation Rights in Light of Giles v. California." Forthcoming.

Co-author. "The Child Quasi-Witness." S. J. Ceci, co-author. (Work in progress).

"Aggregate Versus Unit Scoring." (Work in progress).

Co-author. Evidence: Cases and Materials. 12th ed. R. C. Park, co-author. New York: Foundation Press, 2013.​

"Who Said the Crawford Revolution Would Be Easy?" Crim. Just. 26, no. 4 (2012): 14-9.
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"The Sky is Still Not Falling." J. L. & Pol. 20, no. 2 (2012): 427-42.
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General editor. The New Wigmore: A Treatise on Evidence. Impeachment and Rehabilitation. R. Park and T. Lininger, authors. New York: Aspen Publishers, 2012.

"Confrontation and Forensic Laboratory Reports, Round Four." Tex. Tech L. Rev. 45, no. 1 (2012): 51-82. (Sixth Annual Criminal Law Symposium: The Sixth Amendment: Panel One: Confrontation.)

"Who Must Testify to the Results of a Forensic Laboratory Test? Bullcoming v. New Mexico." Preview U. S. Sup. Ct. Cas. 38, no. 5 (2011): 210-2.
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​"Potential Responses to the Melendez-Diaz Line of Cases." Crim. L. Rep. 90, no. 12 (2011): 396-402.
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General editor. The New Wigmore: A Treatise on Evidence. Expert Evidence. 2nd ed. D. H. Kaye, D. E Bernstein, and J. L. Mnookin, authors. New York: Aspen Publishers, 2011.

General editor. The New Wigmore: A Treatise on Evidence. Evidentiary Privileges, by E.J Imwinkelried, author. 2nd ed. New York: Aspen Publishers, 2010.

"In Memoriam: David P. Leonard." Loy. L. A. L. Rev. 43, no. 3 (2010): 732-3.
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"Owen J. Roberts." In Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law, edited by R. K. Newman, 461-2. New Haven, Conn.: Yale Univ. Press, 2009.

General editor. The New Wigmore: A Treatise on Evidence. Evidence of Other Misconduct and Similiar Events, by D. P. Leonard, author. [Frederick, Md.]: Aspen Publishers, 2009.

"John Henry Wigmore." In Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law, edited by R. K. Newman, 587-9. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2009.

"Giles v. California: A Personal Reflection." Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 13, no. 3 (2009): 733-49.
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Evidence: Cases and Materials. 11th ed. J.R. Waltz and R.C. Park. New York: Foundation Press, 2009.

"Charles Evans Hughes." In Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law, edited by R. K. Newman, 278-9. New Haven, Conn.: Yale Univ. Press, 2009.
Professor

Activities

Spoke at the spring meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General, Chicago, IL, June 2011.

Spoke at the annual conference of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport, Rome, Italy, September 2010.

Chair, U-M Department of Public Safety Oversight Committee, 2010 - .

 
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