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Instructor: Richard Pollack

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LAW541, Spring 2013
LAW543, Fall 2012

Richard Pollack: LAW541, Spring 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Law
Course: LAW 541 - Criminal Procedure Crn (Section): 87929 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
5.16 34 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 25 (74%) 6 (18%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.06 34 0.25 Freq(%) 29 (85%) 2 (6%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 34 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 32 (94%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 34 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 5 (15%) 27 (79%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 34 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 11 (32%) 21 (62%)
6. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 34 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 32 (94%)
7. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 34 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 32 (94%)
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 34 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 10 (29%) 22 (65%)
9. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 34 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 31 (91%)
10. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 34 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (26%) 25 (74%)
11. I was able to get individual help when I needed it.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 34 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 7 (21%) 25 (74%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 34 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 9 (26%) 24 (71%)
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.74 34 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (26%) 25 (74%)
14. I am generally pleased with the materials (texts, handouts) required for this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 34 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 10 (29%) 22 (65%)
15. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 34 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 11 (32%) 22 (65%)
16. I feel that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 34 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 6 (18%) 27 (79%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.68 34 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 9 (26%) 24 (71%)
18. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Pollack is fantastic as always. It was great to hear from his court room experiences.
Justice Pollack is a fantastic instructor. He is readily available to the students. Even though he is not on campus, he responds to email very quickly!! I love the problems that he gives in class. This is where I learn the most. When I am forced to think through a problem, it really tests how well I have understood the material. So many times the simple problems he has given in class have cleared up some terrible misconceptions I have had. If there was only one suggestion I would make, it would be to give problems every single class. Unfortunately, given the time constraints, I don't know how that it is possible. Overall, this a fantastic class and Justice Pollack is an outstanding professor!!!!!!
I love this class....But the required reading is so extensive it is difficult to prepare and get the gist of the rules. This class could be split into two semesters, but one semester is too difficult to cover all the material effectively.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I signed up for this course. I don't see myself practicing criminal law in the future; I just thought it would be helpful to take this course in preparation for the bar. Looking back, this is definitely one of the best courses that Richardson offers, solely on the strength that Justice Pollack is a fantastic instructor. I appreciate the meticulous detail in his PowerPoints, his ability to relate the subject matter to his personal experiences, and his willingness to allow students to engage in the material and even challenge it. He provides a safe forum to express concerns and comments relating to various case outcomes and legal doctrines. So long as Justice Pollack teaches this course, this a must-take for every Richardson student.
This is the second course I've had with now Justice Pollack, and again, it was excellent. Exceptionally knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the law, Justice Pollack is also a compassionate and fair person - the ideal qualities for a judge! His experience brings a level of reality to the classroom lessons that you would not likely get from a strictly academic professor. He is also very dedicated to having us actually understand the material, rather than just learning it for the test or bar exam. I feel lucky to have had this instructor as a teacher for the part time law students. Please keep him teaching!
Justice Pollack is an amazing instructor and he brings so much knowledge as a criminal trial judge to the class that it creates a whole new dimension to the class! It is amazing to take a class from Justice Pollack. He is very very knowledgeable of criminal procedure! It is great listening to his lectures. Highly recommended instructor. I learned so much this semester in his class. As for Criminal Procedure, I believe it is a vital class to take during law school. For students interested in criminal law, this class is an essential. But also for students who are only taking this class because it covers a bar topic, it is really good to take while still in law school because criminal procedure covers so many topics. In this regard, I am really glad that this course has been changed from a 3 to 4 credit course due to the wide range of topics covered and the amount of reading. I can definitely see why some law schools split the course into Crim Pro I and Crim Pro II. But, it is definitely a great class. I was really happy that I was able to have Justice Pollack as my instructor!!!!
I think that the professor is really knowledgeable, and has alot of the tools to really connect us to the material. The problem is that there is so much material that he bogs us down in details that really don't matter. In a course that has so much meat, I suggest that in the future he trim the fat and try and stick to the lean material.
The course is well structured, and Prof. Pollack does a very good job of conveying confusing concepts and abundant material in an understandable and digestible manner. He is funny and engaging, and I especially appreciate all of the personal insights he has and is willing to share with us.
This was my favorite class all semester. Professor Pollack is very enthusiastic about the material and he's a very engaging instructor. He's extremely knowledgeable about the subject, and he is able to communicate it effectively to the class.
Great class. Like the powerpoints. Like his lectures. Professor Pollack brings a lot of his own personal experiences in to the classroom to show how the concepts we learn happen in practice.
The course covers a lot of material, but not many of Hawai'i's Rules of Criminal Procedure. Justice Pollack tends to cover a lot of material quickly, which makes it difficult to keep up with him and the course. I really enjoyed applying concepts to current events.
Justice Pollack is a great professor. He taught this course wonderfully and I can't imagine a better person to teach it. His experiences as a public defender and criminal trial judge really helped my understanding of the subject matter. The textbook was good and pretty easy to understand; the slides and class discussions were great supplements to the text and helped to explain any unclear areas.
This course was over loaded. The readings were tedious and case heavy. It felt as if this should have been a 5 or 6 credit course broken up into 2 semesters.
One of the best classes I've taken at WSRSL. Prof. Pollack is a great teacher who effectively communicates difficult and important concepts.
The course was very well taught and insightful. Professor Pollack did an amazing job teaching the course this semester.
Good. Justice Pollack is an amazing person, a great lawyer, and a passionate professor. I'm happy that he is on the Supreme Court. He does a great job overall of explaining the concepts and issues, especially through his comparisons with Hawaii law and his individual experiences as an attorney and Justice Pollack is also incredibly cerebral, and lower lifeforms such as myself sometimes cannot follow his train of thought. Sometimes he's goes a little fast. He also assigns an absolutley stupendous amount of reading. There was a stretch there where the readings were averaging around 5 hours of reading per class.
This course covered a tremendous amount of material, but even so, the class was extremely engaging, informative and useful. It was never boring. I would only suggest that because there was so much to be covered, and such a wealth of notes, that more short summaries of the current law in each of the categories would have made it easier to see the whole picture in the context of its various parts. A couple of pages summarizing the course in this way, provided at the beginning of the course, might be a useful aid in navigation.
19. Other comments:
Professor Pollack was kind enough to let us use two different editions of a textbook, but it did lead to some confusion in terms of assignments. Additionally, it would have been easier to prepare for class, and I think Professor Pollack would have been more pleased with our preparedness, if he covered the large volume of cases in a more predictable order (e.g. the order listed in the syllabus and casebook).
My one gripe about the class is actually about the other students. I wish participation/attendance counted towards our grades because when people came unprepared, or didn't come at all, it affected the other students and the pace of the class.
Great course.
I like Prof Pollack. He did a good job of covering broad strokes of the law, stressing importance of detailed principles, and encouraged healthy discussion. I appreciate that he never â??hid the ballâ?? from us, and he didnâ??t impose his own bias; instead he allowed us to unpack theories and principles for ourselves. Although I felt overwhelmed with the shear volume of law, Prof Pollack did a fine job of trying to walk us through it. At times Prof Pollack may have forgotten that some of us do not have a background in crim (he spoke to us as if we were practitioners). At times that made it difficult for those of us who didnâ??t participate in a criminal clerk/externship. Otherwise four stars to Justice Pollack!
I think you are too nice! I believe some of the organization problems (nothing major that is) were due to you wanting to help students by allowing for 2 editions of the book. If you do switch solely to the latest edition, note that there were some cases mentioned that were not in the latest edition. You are also too nice in allowing people such flexibility. I wonder if you should consider making participation part of the grade. The diligent not only had to go more often due to the not-so-diligent, but also sometimes I believe the discussion was slightly short-changed. When people don't read, you have to slow it down, and in turn that can water down the discussion. I did have some difficulty "being ready" in the sense that we covered notecases. That in itself isn't bad, but it was hard to find my place in my briefs and book when we didn't go in order of the book. I also didn't know which notecases to brief or note. The readings were often so massive it contributed to the feeling of semi-chaos. Thank you for your insights and things from your valuable experiences! They were helpful, instructive, and interesting. I enjoyed your enthusiasm for the subject, for teaching, and for wanting us to learn successfully. Thank you also for having and sharing the slides.

Richard Pollack: LAW543, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Law
Course: LAW 543 - Evidence Crn (Section): 77835 (002)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
5.21 20 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 15 (75%) 4 (20%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.24 20 0.44 Freq(%) 13 (65%) 4 (20%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 20 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 20 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.95 20 0.22 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 19 (95%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 20 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (20%) 16 (80%)
6. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 20 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 20 (100%)
7. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 20 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 20 (100%)
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 20 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 3 (15%) 16 (80%)
9. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 20 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 20 (100%)
10. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 20 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (20%) 16 (80%)
11. I was able to get individual help when I needed it.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 20 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (15%) 1 (5%) 16 (80%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.95 20 0.22 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 19 (95%)
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.89 20 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 17 (85%)
14. I am generally pleased with the materials (texts, handouts) required for this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.35 20 1.14 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (15%) 1 (5%) 2 (10%) 14 (70%)
15. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 20 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 6 (30%) 13 (65%)
16. I feel that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 20 0.31 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 18 (90%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.75 20 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 3 (15%) 16 (80%)
18. My overall evaluation of this course is...
I often found the reading difficult to locate given the large handouts and the organization of the reader. Also the Emanuel was not helpful.
So glad I decided to take this course from Professor Pollack. He is not only excellent at communicating the rules of Evidence to us, but he is funny and relates well to the students. He is easy to talk to, and he responds to emails very quickly (even better than the TA, who did not respond to my emails). He also has a wealth of real life experience to share, which helped us apply the rules to real life cases. Would strongly recommend taking this course from Professor Pollack.
This was a great class!
The course was highly informative and presented in an interesting way.
It was an honor to have Judge Pollack as a teacher. He was extremely knowledgeable about the content area and very kind when helping us to learn the material. It was a pleasure taking Evidence from him.
Professor Pollack was stellar professor and his Evidence class was fantastic! I really enjoyed his enthusiasm and experience on the topic. I find it admirable that he has the spirit to teach night class after working in the day, and I feel very privileged to have been taught by a regarded Supreme Court Justice. A+
Excellent. Professor (Justice) Pollack is a tremendous asset to the school and a very nice person as well.
Excellent professor with great knowledge!
Professor Pollack does an excellent job with this course. It has been an invaluable experience to hear the rules of evidence explained from a judge's perspective.
Justice Pollack is extremely well-versed in Evidence rules and material. He is always enthusiastic about the materials and often has real-life experiences that makes the material more applicable. He is a phenomenal teacher who truly cares about his students.
19. Other comments:
None.
See above.
Kudos to Liam and Denise for assigning Justice Pollack to teach the class. I appreciate the fact that by virtue of being the newest Hawaii Supreme Court Justice, he brings an extra je ne sais quo to the instruction. I also appreciate his and all of the other professors' willingness to spend their dinner hours teaching us.