McGeorge School of Law

Galves: It's E for Evidence

May 14, 2009

Professor Fred Galves

Professor Fred Galves

Professor Fred Galves is the co-author of an interactive casebook, Evidence: A Contemporary Approach, the first American evidence casebook to both published in both hard copy and electronic formats.

It’s the fifth book in West’s Interactive Series, which provides law students with extensive hyperlinking to media, research resources, Black’s Law Dictionary, and supplemental online resources.

Technological trailblazing is nothing new for Galves. Nearly a decade ago, he wrote the first law review article to attach media and have hyperlinked footnotes. A strong proponent of technology in the courtroom and the classroom, he has taught Computer-Assisted Litigation at McGeorge and other law schools.

Galves co-authors are Professor Sydney Beckman, the dean of the Lincoln Memorial School of Law, and Professor Susan Crump of South Texas College of Law.

“I’m excited about this book and the whole direction that legal education instruction is taking,” Galves said. “We’ll see more and more casebooks go this way. This generation of students is learning electronically. It’s no longer a vision; it’s a reality. The e-book version also has advantages for users in that we can constantly be updating it, eliminating the need to buy supplements.”

Galves will use the new book for the first time this summer at McGeorge when he teaches a four-unit Evidence course from July 13 to August 6. Two other McGeorge professors, Ray Coletta and John Sprankling, had their entry in the West Interactive Series, Property: A Contemporary Approach, published earlier this spring.