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Thoroughly updated to refect the latest technological advances related to litigation, the Seventh Edition of CIVIL LITIGATION helps aspiring paralegals grasp the principles of today's litigation practice through practical, hands-on instruction. Each chapter includes exercises focusing on two cases, giving students the opportunity to work the cases from beginning to end, simulating an on-the-job experience. Valuable in-book resources include sample legal documents, such as complaints, interrogatories and deposition summaries.This edition includes the lastest changes in the field; additional charts, diagrams, checklists, and forms; and the "Finding It on the Internet" and "Automated Litigation Support" features that help students stay on the cutting edge of litigation practice.
- The latest changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (especially Rule 502) bring the content up-to-date.
- The most current information on e-discovery, e-forensics in discovery, electronically stored information (ESI), and electronic filing keep students up-to-date on the latest technology.
- Additional charts, diagrams, checklists, and forms help students master key concepts and skills.
- The updated "Finding It on the Internet" and "Automated Litigation Support" features enable students to stay on the cutting edge of litigation practice.
- Coverage of the technology used for texting and scanning in response to document requests and discovery now reflects the latest advances in the field.
- Review Questions, Chapter Exercises, and the Chapter Project promote understanding and give students an opportunity to apply the material to factual situations.
- Unique to this book is online availability of state-specific supplements covering state law and practice for several states, including California, New York, Ohio, Florida, and Texas.
- Numerous sample documents introduce students to the materials they will be using, reviewing, and preparing as legal professionals.
- Step-by-step teaching sequences break down the paralegal's role in litigation into manageable pieces of information.
- Practical exercises and projects give students the opportunity to develop paralegal skills and apply chapter material to projects such as drafting sample documents.
- Real world case commentaries pulled from current headlines put textbook material into practical context.
1. Litigation and the Paralegal.
2. The Courts and Jurisdiction.
Part II: INITIATING LITIGATION.
3. Preliminary Considerations and Procedures.
4. Investigation and Evidence.
5. The Complaint.
6. Responses to the Complaint.
7. Motion Practice.
Part III: DISCOVERY.
8. Overview of the Discovery Process.
11. Physical and Mental Examinations.
12. Request for Documents.
13. Request for Admission.
Part IV: PRETRIAL, TRIAL, AND POSTTRIAL.
14. Settlements, Dismissals, and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
15. Trial Techniques.
16. Post-trial Practice.
Appendix A: Sample Deposition.
Appendix B: Bennett and Douglass Research Files.
"The text offers straightforward concepts, and the objectives are clearly presented in a way that allows a student to check off an objective as he/she masters it. The case references and discussions (even the technology-based discussions) are presented as real-world circumstances. The research case discussion provided in the text moves from the beginning to the end, which makes the experience more like that with which paralegals will be challenged in the law office or corporate legal office setting."