Civil Procedure: Doctrine, Practice, and Context / Edition 4

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The fourth edition, written by respected scholars and experienced educators, includes both classic and new materials. The book presents traditional topics in historical and empirical context, and it adds new and provocative materials as well as relevant theoretical and background readings. The procedural and nonprocedural aspects of the cases are thought-provoking, to hold students’ interest. Each chapter contains a well-written introduction, cases, and clear explanations of the doctrine, supported by comments and questions which deepen students’ understanding and clarify key concepts. The book includes more than forty well-crafted problems (both for class use and review) to help students solidify their understanding of the materials either in class or as out-of-class assignments. In-class exercises and simulations based on two sample case files are integrated throughout. Pleadings, memoranda, transcripts, exhibits, motions, and more – all taken from real cases – appear in the Appendix. Civil Procedure: Doctrine, Practice, and Context consistently emphasizes the skills and values of lawyering as it offers a consideration of social responsibility. At approximately 1,300 pages, it is designed for civil procedure courses of any length, and a revised detailed Teacher’s Manual is geared to be useful for both new and experienced instructors.

The Fourth Edition has been updated throughout.


Distinguished authorship, respected and experienced educator-scholars
Exceptionally varied, provocative materials

• provide both historical and empirical context

• Well-written, well-positioned introductions and explanations
• Effective and supportive comments and questions
• More than 40 thoughtful practice exercises
Practice exam questions

• challenging but not intimidating

Two sample case files integrated throughout

• transcripts, memoranda, exhibits, motions, and more in the Appendix

• Consistently emphasizes lawyering skills and values as well as social responsibility
• Designed for civil procedure courses of any length
• Detailed Teacher’s Manual

Thoroughly updated, the revised Fourth Edition presents:

new material throughout the text

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781454807087
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 5/21/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 1325
  • Sales rank: 511,300
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Summary of Contents

Chapter 1. An Introduction to Civil Procedure

Chapter 2. Remedies and Stakes

Chapter 3. Thinking Like a Trial Lawyer, Pleadings, and Simple Joinder

Chapter 4. Discovery

Chapter 5. The Right to Jury Trial and Judicial Control of Results

Chapter 6. Questioning and Taming the Current System

Chapter 7. The Choice of an Appropriate Court: Personal Jurisdiction, Notice, and Venue

Chapter 8. The Choice of an Appropriate Court: Subject Matter Jurisdiction and Removal

Chapter 9. Choice of Federal or State Law—The Erie Doctrine

Chapter 10. Finality and Preclusion

Chapter 11. Class Actions: It All Comes Together

Case Files:
Carpenter vs. Dee

City of Cleveland Firefighters

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