Christopher B. Mueller

Henry S. Lindsley Professor of Procedure and Advocacy
Evidence; Civil Procedure; Complex Litigation; Class Action

401 UCB
2450 Kittredge Loop Drive
Wolf Law Building
Boulder, CO  80309
Office: 415
Phone: (303) 492-6973

Educational Background:
J.D.   University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall   1969  
A.B.   Haverford College   1966  
Prior to joining the faculty of Colorado Law School, Christopher Mueller was a professor of law at the Universities of Illinois and Wyoming. For many years, his scholarship has focused on evidence law, particularly the rules governing hearsay and impeachment, and issues under the confrontation clause associated with hearsay.

His interest in hearsay stems from his interest in, as he says, "the tension between the tendency of lawyers to interpret language grammatically and structurally and the human tendency to speak by indirection, analogy, idiom, and image." He notes that "hearsay doctrine is too often interpreted literally, and too often interpreted so as to overlook the senses in which language has operative effect."

In recent years, he turned his attention also to Civil Procedure, and his current writing project is a coursebook entitled Twenty First Century Procedure, to be published by Wolters-Kluwer in 2013. He used a draft first edition of the book in 2011 and will use a revised version in Fall 2012.

Professor Mueller has written a five-volume treatise, Federal Evidence, that is updated annually and cited approximately twice a week by appellate courts across the country, state and federal, and has been cited five times by the United States Supreme Court. He is also the author of a coursebook entitled Evidence Under the Rules, currently in its Seventh Edition, that is in use in more than 100 law schools. He has also written Evidence Practice Under the Rules, a one-volume source for judges and lawyers. Finally, he has written a student hornbook entitled Evidence and a Black Letter Outline of Evidence, both in frequent use in law schools across the country. Professor Laird Kirkpatrick of George Washington University collaborated with Professor Mueller on the evidence projects, and Professor Charles H. Rose III of Stetson University joined Professors Mueller and Kirkpatrick in writing a practice commentary for Evidence Practice Under the Rules.

Major media outlets and newspapers across the country called on Professor Mueller during their coverage of important national trials. For example, in connection with the Oklahoma City bombing trial of Timothy McVeigh, Professor Mueller appeared several times on The Jim Lehrer Newshour, and was frequently interviewed on National Public Radio. In addition to his work in revising Twenty First Century Procedure, Professor Mueller is working on a new edition of the five-volume Treatise Federal Evidence, to be published in 2013.

Published Books

Evidence (5th ed. 2012, Wolters-Kluwer) (with Laird C. Kirkpatrick).
Evidence Practice Under the Rules (4th ed. 2012, Wolters-Kluwer) (with Laird C. Kirkpatrick and Charles H. Rose III).
Evidence Black Letter (3d ed. 2012, Thompson-West) (with Laird C. Kirkpatrick).
Twenty-First Century Procedure (Draft 1st edition 2011, Aspen Custom Publishing).
Evidence Under the Rules (7th ed. 2011, Wolters-Kluwer) (with Laird C. Kirkpatrick).
Rules of Evidence, With Advisory Committee's Notes and Legislative History (2012, Wolters-Kluwer) (with Laird C. Kirkpatrick).
Federal Evidence (3rd ed. 2007, Thompson-West) (5-volume set; annual pocket part supplementation, with Laird C. Kirkpatrick).


Taking A Second Look at MDL Mass Product Liability Settlements: Somebody Needs to Do it, 65 Kansas L. Rev. 531 (2017).
"Make Him An Offer He Can't Refuse" - Mezzanatto Waivers As Lynchpin of Prosecutorial Overreach, 82 Mo. L. Rev. 1023 (2017).
Mueller (with Laird Kirkpatrick), Prior Consistent Statements: The Dangers of Misinterpreting Recently Amended Federal Rule of Evidence 801(d)(1)(B), 84 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. Arguendo 193 (2016).
Cross-Examination Earlier or Later: When Is It Enough to Satisfy Crawford?, 19 Regent U. L. Rev. 319 (2007).
Daubert Asks the Right Questions: Now Appellate Courts Should Help Find the Right Answers, 33 Seton Hall L. Rev. 987 (2003).

Book Chapters

Of Misshapen Stones and Compromises: Michelson and the Modern Law of Character Evidence, in Evidence Stories, (edited by Richard Lempert, Foundation) (2007).


Spring 2024 Evidence LAWS 6353-802
Fall 2023 Civil Procedure LAWS 5303-802
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