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Evidence 2020: Professor Beckman

Syd Beckman

Biography

Sydney A. Beckman

Professor of Law
sydney.beckman@lmunet.edu, Room 317

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.