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Friday, April 29, 2011

Another Loss To The Evidence Community, Dan Shuman At Southern Methodist

From William Bridge on the Evidence Professor listserv:

Tragically, another long-time Evidence teacher at Southern Methodist died early Tuesday morning, of Multiple System Atrophy, a Parkinson's-like disease.  Dan Shuman joined the SMU faculty in 1977 after stints at Legal Aid and in Bruce Babbitt's AG's Office in Tucson.  He taught, among other things, Civil Procedure, Torts, Evidence, Problems of Proof (our advanced Evidence seminar), an Expert Witness seminar, and extensively in mental health law.  He twice (in 1988, and 2011) won the Manfred Guttmacher Award from the American Psychiatric Association for his work in psychiatry and the law.  Dan had a loving family, and devoted students and colleagues.  Dan also taught this semester, two seminars.  His memorial service was this morning.

Here is the notice on his passing from SMU, and here is his obituary from the Dallas Morning News. Professor Shuman was a prolific author on a variety of topics, with some his best writing coming on the topic of expert testimony from a variety of perspectives.

Recently, I have been researching (1) whether suspects should be able to pre-assert their Miranda right to counsel, and (2) what the language used in the Miranda tells us about the language used during plea colloquies, and I have come across a wealth of information in recent articles that Professor Shuman co-authored:

-Everyone Knows Their Miranda Rights:" Implicit Assumptions and Countervailing Evidence, 16 Psychol. Pub. Pol'y & L. 300 (2010);

-Miranda Rights...and Wrongs, 23-SUM Crim. Just. 4 (2008);

-The Language of Miranda Warnings in American Jurisdictions: A Replication and Vocabulary Analysis, 32 Law & Hum. Behav. 124 (2008); and

-An Analysis of Miranda Warnings and Waivers:Comprehension and Coverage, 31 Law & Hum. Behav. 177 (2007)



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