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Fundamentals of Pretrial Litigation / Edition 7

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This trailblazing work, now in its Ninth Edition, continues to be the standard of pretrial litigation texts. This widely adopted book is used in skills and clinic courses, advanced civil procedure seminars, civil procedure classes, as well as in pretrial litigation classes.

The chapters comprehensively explain case planning, investigation, pleadings, discovery, e-discovery, depositions, interrogatories, document and ESI production, admission requests, sanctions, procedural and dispositive motions, effective motion advocacy, and alternative dispute resolution and settlement methods. These chapters enable students to become highly competent, responsible, and ethical litigators. This benchmark text covers the strategies, tactics, and techniques applicable to pretrial and prehearing practice before judges, arbitrators, and administrative officials. The extensive text provides examples and illustrations of successful litigators.

A new and innovative feature includes web-based electronic documents. Case files involving electronic discovery will be stored on a website that students and the professor have access to. This location contains numerous electronic documents and problems involving electronically stored information. Students will be able to locate, identify, search, and analyze electronic documents to better prepare them for modern litigation experiences. No other law school text provides this type of opportunity and experience.

For more information and additional teaching materials, visit the companion site.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780314199003
  • Publisher: West Academic Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/26/2008
  • Series: Pretrial
  • Edition description: 7
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 805
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements to First Edition
Acknowledgements to Second Edition
1 Litigation Planning 3
2 Investigation 39
3 Pleading the Case 79
4 Motions Attacking the Pleadings and Jurisdiction 141
5 The Scope 193
6 Depositions 263
7 Interrogatories 345
8 Requests for Production and Physical Examinations 385
9 Requests for Admissions 427
10 Enforcing Discovery Rights 447
11 Pretrial Motion Practice 473
12 Pretrial Motions Directed to the Merits and Trial 517
13 Effective Presentation of Motions 597
14 The Settlement Process 651
15 Pretrial Conferences and Pretrial Orders 685
App. A. Client Deposition Instructions 697
App. B. Table of Deadlines Affecting Motions 709
App. C. Case Files 715
Index 773
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