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Professor Beecher-Monas is co-author of textbook's new edition

March 12, 2013

Wayne State University Law School Professor Erica Beecher-Monas is one of four co-authors of a brand new edition — the seventh — of law textbook “Evidence: Teaching Materials for an Age of Science and Statutes.”

The book is published by LexisNexis Law School Publishing, and it examines “the intersection of science, law, evidence and the Constitution,” according to one of the co-authors, Professor Ronald Carlson of the University of Georgia Law School. The other co-authors are Law Professor Edward Imwinkelried of the University of California-Davis and Professor Julie Seaman of Emory University School of Law.

The new edition quotes from the Federal Rules of Evidence as they were “restyled” in 2011, thus giving students “an excellent foundation for understanding the issues posed by the restyling,” Carlson said.

The new edition is designed to be more “user-friendly,” both for students and teachers, the authors note, and has been “streamlined and shortened” from earlier editions.

Beecher-Monas teaches classes on evidence, advanced evidence, corporations, corporate finance, an advanced seminar in corporate governance, and securities regulation at Wayne Law. She joined the faculty in 2005 after nine years as a professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law.  She is widely published, and often draws on her background in science for articles such as “A Ray of Light for Judges Blinded by Science: Triers of Science and Intellectual Due Process” (33 Georgia Law Review 1047 – 1999) and “Genetic Predictions of Future Dangerousness: Is There a Blueprint for Violence?” (with Edgar Garcia-Rill, 69 Journal of Law and Contemporary Problems 301 – 2006).

In 2009, she was a Fulbright Scholar to China, and she has served as an outside peer reviewer for the National Science Foundation. Before she began her teaching career, she worked as a litigation associate at Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson in New York City.

Beecher-Monas earned her bachelor’s in biology from Florida International University, and a master’s in anatomy and biochemistry from the University of Miami. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law, and went on to earn an LL.M. and a J.S.D, both from Columbia University School of Law.


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