Book Review, 0321 ALBJ, Vol. 82 No. 2 Pg. 198 (June, 2021)

AuthorBy Charles W. Gamble, Robert J. Goodwin, and Terrence W. McCarthy
PositionVol. 82 3 Pg. 198


No. Vol. 82 No. 3 Pg. 198

Alabama Bar Lawyer

March, 2021

By Charles W. Gamble, Robert J. Goodwin, and Terrence W. McCarthy

Reviewed by Judge R. Bernard Harwood, Jr.

The long-awaited seventh edition of McElroy's Alabama Evidence is now available. And it doesn't disappoint.

As much as I try not to use cliches, there is one that so best fits here that it is unavoidable: This superb new resource is an absolute must have for anyone wishing to research Alabama evidence law.

Co-authored by Alabama evidence guru, University of Alabama School of Law Dean Emeritus, and Professor Emeritus Charles W. Gamble; Cumberland School of Law Professor Emeritus Robert J. Goodwin; and Cumberland Adjunct Professor of Law and partner in Lightfoot, Franklin & White Terrence W. McCarthy, this new edition expands the two-volume sixth edition to three volumes.

An opening 97-page, well-organized table of contents introduces 2,709 pages of substantive text. At their terminus is a conveniently-placed appendix containing the January 30,2020 amended version of Rules 503A (counselor-client privilege) and 902(13)(14) (certified records generated by an electronic process or system), along with the Committee Comments for those amendments.

There then follow these four alternative but complementary methods for researching particular evidentiary issues: (1) a table of the Alabama Rules of Evidence, listing the sections of text where each subsection of each rule is principally discussed; (2) a second table of the rules, again listing each subsection of each rule, but this time citing to every page of the text where any reference to the subsection appears; (3) a 235-page table of cases directing the reader to every page of the text on which a particular case is cited; and (4) a most user-friendly 88-page index.

A helpful innovation in this edition is a new format whereby italicized headings introduce the various paragraphs or groups of paragraphs contained in a section to tell the reader what particular...

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