Civil Procedure & Litigation: A Practical Approach / Edition 1

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Integrating legal theory with practice in a most unusual way, this user-friendly text uses an intriguing story line to engage students. Workshops take users through the steps of preparing a case for trial - from drawing up pleadings and motions to computing time. "Putting It Into Practice" questions appear throughout each chapter, challenging students to apply each concept as they read along. Significant emphasis is placed on local and state rules and the text provides space for students to write in the rules and procedures that apply to them. Users are encouraged to create a "forms file" so they have a notebook of forms they can take with them to their first job. Other pedagogical tools include "Procedural Ponderables" that challenge students to think beyond the rules, "Litigation Lingo and Logistics" that provides hypotheticals and interesting exercises, and "Techno Tips" that introduce readers to helpful computer programs, formatting, and other technical issues. Key words: Traditional approach

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This text provides students with the tools needed to begin work in the paralegal field. The first eight chapters overview the civil litigation process, introduce terminology, and explain basic concepts. Next, 19 workshops explore specific subjects, such as the preparation of a motion, the drafting and serving of a complaint, paper flow in a litigation office, the serving of court papers, discovery, depositions and working with witnesses, the drafting of a response to a request for discovery, preparing for trial, and ethics and litigation. Step-by-step instructions and explanations accompany each task. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780314126368
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/21/2000
  • Series: Paralegal Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 768
  • Product dimensions: 9.06 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

JACK S. EMERY, J.D. Jack Emery practiced as a litigation attorney in Phoenix, Arizona for nearly twenty years before taking up a second career as a community college professor. He graduated first in his class from the Arizona State University College of Law. He has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and a master's degree in biomedical engineering in addition to his law degree. Jack is a licensed patent attorney.

Dr. Linda L. Edwards was an attorney and author, having written or co-written seven textbooks in the legal assistant field. She was an instructor in the Justice and Legal Studies Department at Phoenix College for 24 years until her retirement in January 2001. During her tenure as program director, she was responsible for creating dozens of new classes in both legal assisting and criminal justice.

J. Stanley Edwards has been an Arizona attorney since 1975, serving as a general practitioner for all but two of those years. He has co-authored five textbooks on paralegal studies with his wife, Dr. Linda Edwards. He is a judge pro tem in the civil division of the Maricopa County Superior Court and was a judge pro tem in what is now the Family Court. Additionally, he is a certified arbitrator in the District Court of Arizona.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction. Chapter 2: Courts and Filings. Chapter 3: Road Map of a Lawsuit: Prefiling Preparation and Pleadings. Chapter 4: Road Map of a Lawsuit: Discovery. Chapter 5: Road Map of a Lawsuit: Motions. Chapter 6: Alternative Dispute Resolution. Chapter 7: Road Map of a Lawsuit: Pretrial Practice, Trials, and Judgements. Chapter 8: Road Map of a Lawsuit: Judgement Collection and Appeal. Workshop 1: Claims and Their Elements. Workshop 2: Choosing a Court: Jurisdiction, Venue, and Choice of Law. Workshop 3: Working Up a Case for Suit. Workshop 4: Court Papers. Workshop 5: Drafting Pleadings: Complaints. Workshop 6: Serving the Complaint. Workshop 7: Paper Flow in Litigation Office: Service, Docketing, and Deadlines. Workshop 8: Drafting Pleadings: Responsive Pleadings. Workshop 9: Document Discovery. Workshop 10: Written Discovery. Workshop 11: Responding to Discovery Requests. Workshop 12: Disclosure Rules and Limitations on Discovery. Workshop 13: Depositions and Working with Witnesses. Workshop 14: How To Present a Motion. Workshop 15: Discovery Motions. Workshop 16: Motions for Summary Judgement and Other Tactical Motions. Workshop 17: How to Prepare for Trial. Workshop 18: How to Obtain a Judgement. Workshop 19: Ethics in Litigation. Appendix A: Answers to Practice Exams and Litigation Lingo and Litigation Logistics Features. Appendix B: Federal Rules of Procedure for the United States District Courts. Glossary. Index.

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