Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How many cases are covered in the Federal Evidence Review?

2. Can I preview material from the Federal Evidence Review before subscribing?

3. What are the benefits of the online subscription?

4. How is the Federal Evidence Review more than a case summary?

5. Can I submit an article for publication in the Federal Evidence Review?

6. Does the Federal Evidence Review cover pending amendments to the Federal Rules of Evidence?

7. Can I provide comments, case ideas or other suggestions to the Federal Evidence Review?

8. Are there any Special Programs affecting the subscription price of the Federal Evidence Review?

9. How can I best download the Federal Evidence Review?

10. How can I order past issues of the Federal Evidence Review?

11. Can I use the Search page to find recent evidence cases and materials?

12. Are there ways to subscribe to the Federal Evidence Review without subscribing on-line?

13. What Is the Evidence Case Docket?


1. How many cases are covered in the Federal Evidence Review?
Each monthly issue of the Review surveys as many published federal evidence cases and developments from the prior month as possible. The number varies depending on the cases decided each month, but the Review has averaged thirty or more new cases in each issue. Additionally, many other cases are cited as part of the comments, practice points and analysis. As an example, the September 2006 issue (Volume 3, Number 9) included 40 cases reviewed and more than 300 cited cases as part of the additional features, commentaries and analyses. The issue also included 102 case "Comments" probing how reviewed cases fit the trends in evidence law, as well as 27 "Practice Points" dealing with some of the more practical applications of the case law principles. A year later, the September 2007 issue (Volume 4, Number 9) featured 48 new cases under review. That issue's commentary on these new cases included over 71 “Comments” tying the cases to evidence law trends and 36 “Practice Points” illustrating the fit of the case with general evidence law principles. Since the first issue in August 2004, hundreds of cases have been reviewed and thousands have been cited, so that as the Review started its fifth volume year, it past record of evidence law coverage is unique, in having extensively presented and analyzed over 1400 new cases from the circuits during its publication history. The number of cases reviewed and cited are reported each month on the first page of the Review, in a lower left box on its front page.

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2. Can I preview sample material from the Federal Evidence Review before subscribing?

Yes. The entire 128 page issue of Vol 4, no 4 of the Federal Evidence Review (April 2007) is available as a free sample download here. Sample material that appeared in the Review is available at the Preview the Review Page. Additionally, visitors can review samples for many of the features including:


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3. What are the benefits of the online subscription?
The online, PDF format of the Federal Evidence Review provides immediate access with direct links to as many of the reviewed cases as possible. The PDF format is searchable on your computer and the format also saves the subscriber storage and handling costs associated with a hard copy. In addition, the PDF format can be printed by the user in whole or in part, allowing the user to select what the user needs. Cases and commentary presented in the Review can be readily incorporated as a reference for briefs, papers, or articles. At this time, the Federal Evidence Review is only available only in a PDF format. To view the Top Ten Reasons to Subscribe to the Federal Evidence Review, click here.

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4. How is the Federal Evidence Review more than a monthly case summary?
There is no other monthly publication that includes all the features, commentaries, insight and analyses found in the Federal Evidence Review. In one convenient place, the Federal Evidence Review provides a summary and review of the preceding month's federal evidence cases and developments. But that is just the starting point. Unlike other newsletters, the Federal Evidence Review contains several unique features, including a Lead Story, Practice Points, Evidence Developments in the Circuits, Circuit Splits, Developing Consensus, Open Evidence Issues, Proposed Federal Rules of Evidence Amendments, and other features. These benefits are further discussed and explained on the Preview the Review and Using the Review Pages. The PDF format allows direct access to many of the cases reviewed on the Web. While case summaries can be useful to spot recent key cases, the Federal Evidence Review offers so much more each month in one package.

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5. Can I submit an article for publication in the Federal Evidence Review?
Certainly. Article submissions not only are encouraged, but promote one of the objectives of the Federal Evidence Review to provide a forum to foster debate and discussion on key federal evidence issues and developments. Although we cannot accept all submissions, for a limited time, articles that are published may entitle the author to a one-year complimentary subscription to the Federal Evidence Review. For more information about the requirements for submitting material for publication, visit the Submissions Page.

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6. Does the Federal Evidence Review cover pending amendments to the Federal Rules of Evidence?
As a service to subscribers, each issue includes a summary of the status of pending amendments to the Federal Rules of Evidence. The information that appears in the Review's coverage of amendments is used as a source for web-based coverage of these developments on the FederalEvidence.com web site, which is updated on a regular basis. The Rule Amendments Page also contains extensive background material and links to past reports concerning amendments to the Federal Rules of Evidence.

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7. Can I provide comments, case ideas or other suggestions to the Federal Evidence Review?
Absolutely. We welcome all constructive comments and suggestions. We also encourage ideas for all of our departments, including Lead Story, Practice Tip, Circuit Splits, Developing Consensus, Open Issues, and other sections.

In short, the Federal Evidence Review welcomes any comments or suggestions via our Contact Form. Among the types of contact most helpful to this site in the past are those that concern:

  • General Comments/Testimonials: Tell us what you think about the Federal Evidence Review. We welcome all constructive comments and suggestions, including testimonials to share your views with others.
  • Topics/Evidence Law Suggestions: Recommend an evidence law topic or issue for the Federal Evidence Review.
  • Lead Story Ideas: Propose a particular evidence law issue for the Federal Evidence Review to feature and report upon.
  • Circuit Splits:- Recommend a particular split among the circuits on an evidence law issue for the Federal Evidence Review.
  • Key Evidence Case Suggestion: Propose a particular evidence case for placement on this site's Key Evidence Cases Page.
  • Open Issues: Point out an open issue of evidence law issue (either resolved or pending) for the Federal Evidence Review.
  • Submitting Articles: Submit or inquire about publishing an article or other legal analysis or commentary for the Federal Evidence Review.
  • Subscription: Report problems obtaining a subscription or in the delivery or use of the Federal Evidence Review after subscribing.
  • Past Issue Orders: Report problems ordering a past issue or in the delivery or use of a past Federal Evidence Review issue.
  • Quick Links Suggestion: Share or suggest a link for FederalEvidence.com, including a web address that FederalEvidence.com might link to, or might use in its legal analysis or commentary in the Federal Evidence Review.
  • Indices: Suggestions or comments regarding the coverage or ease of use of Indices on this site, such as the Master Index, Rule Index or Subject Index.
  • Legal Research: Suggest an evidence law issue that you would like the Federal Evidence Review to consider.
  • Search Page:- Comment or suggest improvements to the Search Page or report any difficulties experienced, including your query so that we can help you find an answer.
  • Privacy: Questions or requests pursuant to this site's privacy policy.
  • Copyright: Report any problems in the copyright or other intellectual property rights of materials posted on this web site.
  • Web Access: Report problems and suggestions about online access to the Federal Evidence Review.
  • Web Site Problems: Report missing content or any glitches experienced on FederalEvidence.com .
To provide comments or suggestions visit our Contact Form.

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8. Are there any Special Programs affecting the subscription price of the Federal Evidence Review?
We realize a subscription to the Review is not an impulse purchase for most subscribers, with regular subscriptions at $1195/year (or about $100/issue). However, in recent years the yearly subscription provides over 1850 pages of summary, analysis and commentary on breaking evidence cases at a cost of about 65 cents a page - far less expensive that other legal publications which often charge much more and provide simply a republication of opinions from the circuits. However, there are a variety of programs that one might use to obtain a reduction in the subscription price of the Review. These include:

  • New Subscriber Discount: For first-time subscribers, there is a yearly subscription (12 issues) discount, making the Review available to new subscribers for $295/year. The discount is included in the subscription options available in the payment/checkout sections of the Subscribe Page.
  • Institutional Subscribers: Law firms, libraries or other institutions that need to make their holdings available to multiple users are also entitled to a discount for a subscription to the Federal Evidence Review. Institutional discounts are available by contacting the Review on the Contact Page and requesting an Institutional discount. We can provide a quote if the requesting institution provides the following information: (1) The type of institution (e.g., Law Firm, Public Agency, Business Entity); (2) Type of Access (e.g., multiple copies of the Review for individuals in the organization, or access to a copy through the organization's Library); (3) Usage (e.g., number of expected users); and (4) Outside Access (whether the institution would make the Review avaliable on Intelibrary loan or similar programs). Depending on these factors, the institutional discount can provide as much as a 50 to 75% discount on additional users, depending upon the number of additional users in the subscribing institution.
  • Refer A Colleague: For a limited time, the Refer A Colleague Program offers subscribers a twenty percent discount on orders of past issues of the Federal Evidence Review. To be entitled to this discount, a subscriber refers friends and colleagues as new subscribers to the Review. In order to avail oneself of this program, have the person or institution that you have introduced to the Federal Evidence Review place your name on their subscription order and we will credit your account with the discount on any Past Issues purchased within a year of being placed in the discount program. Each new subscriber can only cite one current subscriber as a reference entitled to the Refer A Colleague program. If more than one name is submitted, only the first name will be credited with the discount.
  • Federal Evidence Review Author Program: For a limited time, articles that are submitted to and published by the Federal Evidence Review may entitle the author to a twenty percent discount on purchase of Past Issues of the Review for a year from the date of the notice. When the Federal Evidence Review notifies an author of the acceptance of a manuscript for publication, eligibility for the Author Program is normally covered in the notice.

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9. How can I best download the Federal Evidence Review?
The Review is provided to subscribers in a PDF file. A PDF file is sent to the subscriber's email address each month with the latest features and case summaries and commentaries, insight and analysis. Subscribers may open the PDF file with free software available from the Adobe. Adobe Reader is necessary to download the PDF file and can be obtained free of charge here. Once the Adobe software is downloaded, the Review can also be used in Adobe Acrobat so that the subscriber can link through to many of the cases and other resource materials cited in the Review.

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10. How can I order past issues of the Federal Evidence Review?
Past issues can be ordered on the Order Past Issues Page. That page presents samples of the contents pages of Past Issues that are available for purchase. At the present time, past issues can be ordered only by a credit card purchase and delivery of the past issue in a PDF file format via the Internet to an e-mail address you specify is generally made within 24-hours. A complete listing of past feature articles is included on the Master Index Page, or for specific rules or topics, visit the Rule Index Page or Subject Index for specific rules or topics .

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11. Can I use the Search page to find recent evidence cases and materials?
Our Search Page is changing. As of this time, its search capacity is limited to retrieving references to evidence cases and other selected evidence materials that are posted on FederalEvidence.com web site. This necessarily excludes searching for case opinion files or text searches of the content of the Federal Evidence Review itself. As a result, the Search Page can find references to articles or cases discussed in the Federal Evidence Review, but cannot provide access to those materials because they are available to subscribers only. Version 2.0 of the Search Page, which is still in development, will be more robust and allow users to search for evidence cases and materials by rule number, case name, case citations, or by subject or topic. For information on the currently-available search function, visit the Search Page.

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12. Are there ways to subscribe to the Federal Evidence Review without subscribing on-line?
While most subscribers use the on-line payment options provided on the Subscribe Page, that page provides two ways to subscribe to the Review without submitting subscription information over the Internet. A prospective subscriber can either:

  1. Download a Subscription Form 1 and mail it with a check for full payment to:

    The Federal Evidence Review Subscriptions
    P.O. Box 6883
    Arlington, VA 22206
  2. Download a Subscription Form 1 and fax it to (571) 312-5642. You will then receive an invoice for your subscription via the U.S. Mail. We will deliver your first issue, but delivery of the remainder of the issues in your subscription occurs only after receipt of your full payment of the invoice.

Money-back Guarantee: The application of our unconditional guarantee applies regardless of whether you have subscribed using the Internet or by subscribed through the two methods described in this FAQ.

Notes:
1The Subscription Form is a PDF document and requires Adobe® Reader® software. This software is available for free at the Adobe Web site. Note: For dial-up users, it may take a minute for the download of the PDF Form depending on the reliability and speed of the connection.

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13. What Is the Evidence Case Docket?
Each issue of the Federal Evidence Review includes an Evidence Case Docket. This monthly docket lists the cases covered by the Review in in which the docket appears. The Evidence Case Docket also includes the evidence principle reflected by each case listed in the docket. As a result, the Evidence Case Docket is a convenient, quick reference that provides a survey or "snapshot" of the evidence cases covered in each issue of the Federal Evidence Review. A sample of the Docket is available here.


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