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Civil Litigation 6th Edition

Peggy Kerley, Janis Walter, Joanne Banker Hames, J.D., Paul Sukys, J.D., Ph.D.

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  • Previous Editions 2009, 2005, 2001
  • 576 Pages
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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. Every chapter focuses briefly on the impact of technology on the litigation field, and also contains useful references to litigation-focused websites.

Peggy Kerley,

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, University of Cincinnati

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 has served as the chair of the American Bar Association's Approval Commission on Paralegals since 2012 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, Professor 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, widely popular CD case studies covering civil litigation, criminal law, and family law, and developed three learning labs for a virtual law office. Professor 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 in Kentucky and Ohio and before the United States Supreme Court.

Joanne Banker Hames, J.D., DeAnza Community College

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., North Central State College

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.
  • This edition prepares readers even better by including the latest changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (especially Rule 502 which was recently added to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure), the rules dealing with E-Discovery, e-forensics in discovery, electronically stored information (ESI), and electronic filing.
  • Additional charts, diagrams, checklists, and forms give readers more resources.
  • Entirely updated technology information including updated "Finding It on the Internet" feature enables readers to be on the cutting edge of paralegal practice. Updates have also been made to discuss newer technology on texting and scanning in relation to document requests and discovery.
  • Paralegal CourseMate with additional learning tools and an interactive eBook.
  • Numerous sample documents introduce readers to the materials they will be using, reviewing, and preparing as legal professionals.
  • See how it all fits together with abundant step-by-step teaching sequences that break down the paralegal's role in litigation into manageable pieces of information.
  • Practical exercises and projects give readers the opportunity to develop paralegal skills and see how litigation relates to various areas of law practice.
  • Ripped-from-the-headlines case commentaries put textbook material into practical context.
1. Litigation and the Paralegal.
2. The Courts and Jurisdiction.
3. Preliminary Considerations and Procedures.
4. Investigation and Evidence.
5. The Complaint.
6. Responses to the Complaint.
7. Motion Practice.
8. Overview of the Discovery Process.
9. Depositions.
10. Interrogatories.
11. Physical and Mental Examinations.
12. Request for Documents.
13. Request for Admission.
14. Settlements, Dismissals, and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
15. Trial Techniques.
16. Posttrial Practice.
Appendix A: Sample Deposition.
Appendix B: Bennett Research File.
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