Christine Chambers Goodman, professor of law, recently published California Evidence: Examples & Explanations (Aspen Publishers, November 2010). The book prides a comprehensive guide to the California Evidence Code and highlights the differences between the federal rules of evidence and the California Code. Designed for law students, the book is part of Aspen Publishers' highly-successful "Examples and Explanations" series.
Offering students a comprehensive study guide, the book uses recent California cases and hundreds of concrete examples to explain the application of the California Code. Tim Perrin, vice dean of School of Law, calls the book a “wonderful addition to the world of evidence scholarship.”
Goodman has published numerous articles on evidentiary and criminal law issues. She also writes on equal protection topics, including affirmative action, preferences, diversity, and racial privacy. Her recent articles address the media's influence on ballot propositions and the lack of transparency in the death penalty decisionmaking process in California.
After earning a BA from Harvard, Goodman attended Stanford for law school, where she was an assistant editor for a new journal on gender issues. After law school she worked as an associate at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and Gipson, Hoffman & Pancione, engaging in civil litigation in state and federal courts. In 1995, Goodman began teaching at UCLA, and taught a course in lawyering skills for public interest attorneys.
Goodman, who joined the Pepperdine law faculty in 2001, teaches Race and the Law, Evidence, and Community Outreach and Youth Mentoring. She has also taught Criminal Law, Trial Practice, and Trial Preparation and Settlement. She serves as an advisor to the Black Law Students' Association and the Women's Legal Association, and is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association where she is the chair of the Diversity in the Profession Committee.
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