Sydney Beckman

Sydney Aaron BeckmanFaculty Photo - Syd Beckman 

Professor of Law
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B.A., Stephen F. Austin University
J.D., Baylor University School of Law

Courses taught: Evidence, Civil Procedure, Technology and the Law, Conflict of Laws

An experienced trial lawyer with a passion for teaching, Professor Beckman taught at the Charleston School of Law and was an adjunct professor at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law before joining the LMU Law faculty. He regularly gives presentations on the effective use of technology in the classroom for teaching and assessment. He has authored dozens of articles and numerous books. His interests include evidence, technology and the law, and domestic relations.

Prior to becoming a full-time educator, Beckman practiced law with the firm of Goodman, Clark and Beckman in Arlington, Texas, and also served as a Municipal Judge Pro Tem for the City of Fort Worth. He is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, is a member of the Texas Bar and is admitted to the Northern District of Texas.

“I try to create an environment where students want to be engaged and interactive,” Beckman says. “My teaching philosophy is to adapt. The students we teach now are not the same as they were 20 or even 10 years ago. They are plugged in and live with many distractions. I try to get them energized and focused on the classroom.”

When Beckman isn’t teaching or writing, he relishes his roles as a dad and a husband. Other hobbies include woodworking, amateur radio and magic.


A Short and Happy Guide to Evidence, West Academic

Evidence: A Contemporary Approach, West Academic (with Susan Crump & Fred Galves) (3rd ed. forthcoming 2016)

Hiding the Elephant: How the Psychological Techniques of Magicians Can Be Used to Manipulate Witnesses at Trial, 2 Nevada Law Journal (forthcoming spring 2015)

Breaking the Magician’s Code: Revealing the Contrast Between the Protections of Secrets by Copyright Law and the Public Disclosure of Patent Law, 37 Thomas Jefferson L. Rev. 5 (2015)

A Rose By Any Other Name: How A Magician Successfully Used Copyright Law for Patent Protection, 14.3 John Marshal L. Rev. of Int. Prop. 356 (2015)

The Copyright Cruncher: How Apple’s iTunes is a Vehicle Designed for Copyright Infringement and Apple’s Legal Liability From Its Creation, 1 Texas A&M L. Rev. 901 (2014)

Witness Response Manipulation Through Strategic “Non-Leading” Questions (or The Art of Getting the Desired Answer by Asking the Right Question)Southwestern Law Review (2014)

Smoke and Mirrors: An Escomateur as an Expert WitnessLaw and Magic: A Collection of Essays (2009)

From CD to MP3: Compression in the New Age of Technology (Overlooked Infringement or Fair Use?)Gonzaga Law Review (2007)

Trial Aids

Florida Trial Objections – Quick Reference Card, NITA (2016)

Georgia Trial Objections – Quick Reference Card, NITA (Fall 2015) (with Ron L. Carlson)