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Overview

Litigation and Trial Practice for the Legal Assistant, sixth edition provides comprehensive coverage of the civil litigation practice for paralegals. This thoroughly revised text covers the litigation process from the pre-suit investigation to the appeal. The text provides detailed information on how to assist the attorney at each phase as well as why each step is important to the client's success. Important topics such as litigation principles, lawyer and client relationship and ethics, gathering evidence, depositions, preparation for a civil trial, structure of a civil trial, judgments, appeals, and more are discussed in detail. A case study feature appears throughout the book and provides valuable opportunities for students to learn the practical, real-life application of the concepts presented. The book also provides samples of the documents a litigation paralegal will most often be required to prepare. From the complaint and answer, to responses, to written discovery, to simple motions, this resource provides samples that a paralegal can readily adapt to real situations. Other special features of the text include chapter summaries that provide a quick overview of each topic, but with sufficient detail to really help the reader to understand the "big picture"of each chapter; and highlighted key terminology unique to litigation. A complete resource for the paralegal student, this book will also serve as a reference legal assistants can keep in their library for years to come.

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The writing style is excellent, reading level is appropriate...The exhibits collection is awesome, examples are vivid, the hypothetical at beginning has great potential...I would definitely consider text for a year-long civil procedure course. - Melody Brown, Eastern Idaho Technical College

Content and Organization work very well with the 2 semester format of litigation courses...The case assignments are the most useful. - Sally Bisson, College of Saint Mary

It achieves its objective with a straightforward approach that avoids venturing off course into problem areas.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781418016890
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/18/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 744
  • Sales rank: 459,610
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Roderick Blanchard has been a litigator for over twenty-five years. He previously taught civil litigation to paralegals at the University of Minnesota and is now a practicing attorney.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Litigation Principles Chapter 2: Lawyer and Client Relationship and Ethics Chapter 3: Court Organization Chapter 4: Causes of Action and Remedies Chapter 5: Affirmative Defenses Chapter 6: Introduction to Federal Procedure Chapter 7: Gathering Evidence Chapter 8: Evidence Chapter 9: Conducting an Investigation Chapter 10: Expert Witnesses Chapter 11: Interrogatories Chapter 12: Oral Depositions Chapter 13: Preparing Client for Deposition Chapter 14: Medical Examinations and Records Chapter 15: Inspection of Property, Documents, and Things Chapter 16: Requests for Admissions Chapter 17: Motions Chapter 18: Preparation for Trial Chapter 19: Structure of a Civil Trial Chapter 20: Judgments Chapter 21: Appeals Chapter 22: Settlements, Releases, and Dismissals Chapter 23: Arbitration and Mediation Glossary Appendix A: Time Table for Lawyers in Federal Civil Cases Appendix B: Deposition Transcript Appendix C: Intraoffice Memorandums

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