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Friedman, Richard D.

Alene and Allan F. Smith Professor of Law

332 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 that examines sports and games as legal systems. Professor 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 fourth 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 U.S. 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 Professor 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. Professor 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, 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.

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Rules of Play: The Jurisprudence of Sport. M. Berman, co-author. Forthcoming.

General editor. The New Wigmore: A Treatise on Evidence: Selected Rules of Limited Admissibility. 3rd ed. David P. Leonard, author. New York: Wolters Kluwer, 2019.

"The Confrontation Right." In The Oxford Handbook of Criminal Process, edited by Darryl K. Brown, Jenia Iontcheva Turner, and Bettina Weisser, 865-86. Oxford Handbooks. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019.
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"Preface to the Third Edition by the General Editor." Preface to The New Wigmore: A Treatise on Evidence: Selected Rules of Limited Admissibility. 3rd ed., by David P. Leonard, xxiii-xxviii. New York: Wolters Kluwer, (2019).

"Just Say No to the Cheap Double Play." FIU L. Rev. 13, no. 5 (2019): 931-3.
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"General Editor's Introduction to the Treatise." Introduction to The New Wigmore: A Treatise on Evidence: Selected Rules of Limited Admissibility. 3rd ed., by David P. Leonard, xiii-xxviii. New York: Wolters Kluwer, (2019).

Evidence: Cases and Materials. 13th ed. R. C. Park, co-author. New York: Foundation Press, 2019.

"The Persistence of the Probabilistic Perspective." Seton Hall L. Rev. 48, no. 4 (2018): 1589-600.
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"Controlling the Jury-Teaching Function." Seton Hall L. Rev. 48, no. 3 (2018): 815-26.
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"Cardozo on the Supreme Court: Meeting High Expectations." Touro L. Rev. 34, no 3 (2018): 741-56.
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General editor. The New Wigmore: A Treatise on Evidence: Evidentiary Privileges. 3rd ed., vols. 1: Ch.1-6B; 2: Ch.6C-13. E. J. Imwinkelried, author. New York: Wolters Kluwer, 2017.

The Elements of Evidence. 4th ed. American Casebook Series. St. Paul, Minn.: West, 2017.

"Rescued from the Grave and Then Covered with Mud: Justice Scalia and the Unfinished Restoration of the Confrontation Right." Minn. L. Rev. Headnotes 101, Scalia Symposium (2016): 39-51.
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