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This Essay offers a few examples of ways in which Evidence professors can engage students in critical analysis of how deeply a point of view can influence the way the Rules apply. My hope is that through this understanding the students will no longer think of the Federal Rules of Evidence as a neutral body of procedural rules that if faithfully applied will result in “truth.” I believe this insight is one of the most critical that a law student can gain in law school. It will make students more thoughtful in their analysis and application of the Rules, but more importantly, it will make them better critical thinkers and, ultimately, better lawyers.

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50 St. Louis U. L.J. 1075-1090 (2006)