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Professor Kinports joins Professor Kaye as co-author of McCormick on Evidence

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Kit Kinports, Penn State Law in University Park Polisher Family Distinguished Faculty Scholar and professor of law, was recently selected to co-author one of the most well-known and relied upon legal treatises—McCormick on Evidence—originally published in 1954 and now in its eighth edition. The five other co-authors are nationally prominent legal scholars, including two recipients of lifetime achievement awards from the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). Kinports is revising the chapters on the privilege against self-incrimination, the admissibility of confessions, and the exclusionary rule for the supplement to the eighth edition and the forthcoming ninth edition.

Kinports, who reported that she is “very excited to contribute to such a well-respected treatise,” is not the first Penn State Law scholar to participate in the project. Starting with the third edition in 1984, Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus David Kaye has written the sections on relevance rules and scientific evidence. He noted that, with the "well-deserved" addition of Professor Kinports and another professor at the University of Pennsylvania, the treatise has a “new generation of outstanding authors,” drawn “coincidentally but entirely” from Pennsylvania law schools, to help “illuminate and advance the sprawling law of evidence through a concise and easily accessible text for students, practitioners, and judges.”

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