Civil Litigation / Edition 6

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Overview

CIVIL LITIGATION, 6th edition enables aspiring paralegals to quickly grasp the principles of litigation practice through practical, hands-on instruction. The Sixth Edition has been updated to include all recent advances in legal practice, including the use of electronically stored information (ESI) and e-forensics in the discovery process. Updates to federal rules and procedures keep the Sixth Edition current and give the reader the most up-to-date information available. In addition, each chapter in CIVIL LITIGATION, 6th edition includes an exercise that focuses on a single case, giving the reader the opportunity to work it from beginning to end, simulating an on-the-job experience. Plus, the Sixth Edition contains a number of sample legal documents, such as complaints, interrogatories and deposition summaries, as well as legal vocabulary indexes. Each chapter focuses briefly on the impact of technology on the litigation field, and also contains useful references to litigation-focused websites.

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"The text offers straightforward concepts, and the objectives are clearly presented in a way that allows a student to check off an objective as he/she masters it. The case references and discussions (even the technology-based discussions) are presented as real-world circumstances. The research case discussion provided in the text moves from the beginning to the end, which makes the experience more like that with which paralegals will be challenged in the law office or corporate legal office setting."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111312220
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 637,882
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Peggy N. Kerley is a contract litigation paralegal, working with the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, and a former paralegal instructor at Southeastern Paralegal Institute, in Dallas, Texas. She has more than 45 years of legal experience. Ms. Kerley received her undergraduate degree in political economy from the University of Texas at Dallas, and her paralegal certificate from the University of Oklahoma. She is also the author of another paralegal text, Employment Law for the Paralegal.

Janis Walter, J.D., is a professor of Paralegal Studies at the University of Cincinnati where she coordinates and teaches in the university's ABA-approved paralegal program, a position she has held since 1988. She was recently appointed chair of the American Bar Association's Approval Commission on Paralegals, and previously served as a commissioner and on the Standing Committee for Paralegals. In addition, she has chaired and served as the educational representative on many site teams evaluating paralegal programs. An active member of the American Association for Paralegal Education, Prof. Walter has developed model syllabi and served as editor of the PARALEGAL EDUCATOR. She has presented at many different forums on topics ranging from teaching effectiveness to handling adoptions. She is also the author of THE OHIO COURTS and widely popular CD case studies covering civil litigation, criminal law, and family law. Prof. Walter holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science and a law degree from Salmon P. Chase College of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Kentucky and Ohio.

Joanne Banker Hames, J.D., is a retired Paralegal Coordinator and full-time instructor for the paralegal program at DeAnza Community College located in Cupertino, California. She is currently a part-time instructor at the school. She earned her J.D. degree from Santa Clara University School of Law and was admitted to the California Bar in January 1972. She has been an active member since that time. For several years Ms. Hames was employed as an attorney in a busy litigation law firm. During that time she was involved in all aspects of civil litigation, including pre-trial preparation, jury trials, and appeals. For the past fourteen years she has been involved primarily in paralegal education, teaching at DeAnza Community College and previously at Santa Clara University Paralegal Institute.

Paul Sukys, J.D., Ph.D., is a Professor of Philosophy, Law, and Legal Studies at North Central State College in Mansfield, Ohio. He also teaches as an adjunct professor at Ashland University and Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Dr. Sukys received his bachelor's and master's degrees from John Carroll University in Cleveland, his law degree from Cleveland State University, and his doctorate in philosophy from The Union Institute and University in Cincinnati. He is a member of the Ohio Bar, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum, the National Business Education Association, the Society for Interdisciplinary Studies, the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, and the Lakeside Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle.

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Table of Contents

Part I: INTRODUCTION TO CIVIL LITIGATION. 1. Litigation and the Paralegal. 2. The Courts and Jurisdiction. Part II: INITIATING LITIGATION. 3. Preliminary Considerations and Procedures. 4. Investigation and Evidence. 5. The Complaint. 6. Responses to the Complaint. 7. Motion Practice. Part III: DISCOVERY. 8. Overview of the Discovery Process. 9. Depositions. 10. Interrogatories. 11. Physical and Mental Examinations. 12. Request for Documents. 13. Request for Admission. Part IV: PRETRIAL, TRIAL, AND POSTTRIAL. 14. Settlements, Dismissals, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. 15. Trial Techniques. 16. Posttrial Practice. Appendix A: Sample Deposition. Appendix B: Bennett Research File. Glossary. Index.

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  • Posted February 4, 2014

    All the information is not very accurate. Like the definition fo

    All the information is not very accurate. Like the definition for the word "Retainer" seem to be incomplete. It didn't mention the #1 thing a retainer is known for which is money. It said nothing about money directly concerning the definition of this particular word. I basically knew the meaning of this word and I am only a 2nd quarter paralegal student (so tell me something I don't know). Other than that I like the book. It's ok. A person who don't really know the basics can learn a lot (if they are patient enough to sift through all the extra long explanations in the chapters).

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