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The Texas Paralegal 1st Edition

William P. Statsky, Lynn Crossett

  • Published
  • 432 Pages

Overview

A ground-breaking resource for paralegal instructors, The Texas Paralegal has made teaching critical state-specific material easier, and more organized, than ever. The book's unique approach works by providing students with the information, documents, and resources they need to understand the basic workings of Texas law, thereby eliminating the tedious instructor task of gathering this material piecemeal. Instead, the legwork is done for you – the vital content is compiled into a single, handy resource that presents it in a practical, logical, and useful way. Coverage includes an overview of the paralegal profession, ethics, the legal system, research, and even a comprehensive legal dictionary - all as they pertain to Texas State laws and statutes. Packed with the most relevant concepts, and packaged in a user-friendly format, students will find this an invaluable reference throughout their academic and professional careers. Instructors will find that they can spend less time preparing to teach and more time teaching.

William P. Statsky, Thomas Edison State College

William Statsky is a member of both the ethics committee and the advisory council for the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, as well as an instructor of online courses at Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey. He is the author of numerous groundbreaking legal textbooks for paralegals and was a member of the transition team for then President-Elect Ronald Reagan. Mr. Statsky holds a master of law degree (LL.M) in urban affairs, as well as a juris doctorate degree (J.D.).

Lynn Crossett, Texas State University - San Marcos

Lynn Crossett is the Director of the Legal Studies Program and Assistant Professor of Political Science at Texas State University in San Marcos. He serves on the State Bar of Texas Paralegal Committee and is a graduate of the University of Texas and Texas Tech University School of Law.
  • Provides the information, documents, and resources needed to understand the basics of Texas law – in a handy, all-in-one resource, thereby eliminating the task of gathering this material piecemeal.
  • Provides concrete tools that can be applied to real-world situations, in the form of valuable sample documents, including a petition action, civil complaint, legal memorandum, appellate brief, and criminal complaint.
  • Fosters a richer understanding of the material with a compilation of internet resources that will supplement the knowledge gained in their day-to-day classes.
PART 1: PARALEGAL PROFESSION.
1. Overview of Texas Paralegals.
2. Paralegal Associations and Related Groups in Texas.
3. Sources of CLE for Paralegals.
Appendix A: Paralegals in Court Opinions.
Appendix B. Becoming an Attorney in Texas.
PART 2: PARALEGAL EMPLOYMENT.
1. Resources for Finding Employment in Texas.
2. Sample Paralegal Job Descriptions in State Government.
3. Sample Paralegal Job Description in a Federal Agency Located in Texas.
4. Pro Bono Opportunities for Paralegals.
5. Becoming a Notary Public.
6. An Employee or an Independent Contractor?.
7. Overtime Pay under Federal Law and State Law.
8. Laid-Off Paralegals and Unemployment Compensation.
9. Injured Paralegals and Workers' Compensation.
Appendix A: Deductibility of the Cost of Paralegal Education or Training.
PART 3: ETHICS, PARALEGALS, AND ATTORNEYS.
1. Defining the Practice of Law and the Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL) in Texas.
2. Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct (DRPC).
3. Ethical Opinions on Paralegals and other Nonattorneys.
4. Texas Bar Associations (including Paralegal Membership Categories).
Appendix A: Timeline: Disciplinary Proceedings against an Attorney.
PART 4: LEGAL SYSTEM.
1. Introduction to the State Government of Texas.
2. State Courts in Texas.
3. Federal Courts in Texas.
4. State Legislation: How a Bill Becomes a Texas Statute.
5. State Agencies, Offices, and Boards.
6. Counties and Cities: Selected Useful Law-Related Sites.
PART 5: LEGAL RESEARCH AND RECORDS RESEARCH.
1. Texas State Legal Research.
2. Citation Examples: Some Comparisons.
3. Abbreviations in Citations: Some Comparisons.
4. Abbreviations for Notetaking.
5. Research Starters for 74 Major Texas Topics.
6. Self-Help Resources.
7. Public Records Research.
8. Finding Law Libraries in Your Area.
9. Hotline Resources and Complaint Directories.
PART 6: PROCEDURE: SOME BASICS.
1. Timeline: A Civil Case in the Texas State Courts.
2. Venue, Process, Pleadings, and Discovery: 45 Rules Even Non-Litigation Paralegals Should Know.
3. State and Federal Civil Litigation in Texas: Some Comparisons.
4. Timeline: A Criminal Case in the Texas State Courts.
PART 7: SAMPLE DOCUMENTS.
1. Sample Petition Action Filed in a Texas State Court.
2. Sample Civil Complaint Filed in a Federal District Court in Texas.
3. Sample Legal Memorandum Applying Texas Law.
4. Sample Appellate Brief Filed in the Texas Court of Appeals.
5. Sample Criminal Complaint Filed in a Texas State Court.
Part 8: Comprehensive Legal Dictionary.

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Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.

FOR INSTRUCTORS

Essentials of Torts

ISBN: 9781401879648
Ideal for instructors in need of a concise text, ESSENTIALS OF TORTS, Third Edition is a practical and relevant guide for the paralegal as well as for anyone preparing for a career in the field of law. Well-written, logical, and full of interesting and diverse pedagogical material, this text focuses on paralegal roles in tort litigation while providing students with a comprehensive overview of the law of torts. This condensed version of Statsky's TORTS: PERSONAL INJURY LITIGATION, Fifth Edition, ESSENTIALS OF TORTS has been thoroughly updated to include topics that are relevant for today's students including the Internet, terrorism, 9/11, and tort liability. Chapter objectives, margin definitions, review questions, and numerous exhibits are included in each chapter and serve to reinforce chapter concepts.

Online Instructor's Manual

ISBN: 9781111137878
The instructor's Manual serves as an instructional resource and provides teaching options, such as lecture ideas and suggestions for using selected assignments, answers to Ethics in a Torts Practice, and Review Questions, and a comprehensive testbank with answer key. Available via www.cengage.com/community/paralegal.

Instructor's Resource CD-ROM

ISBN: 9781111137861
The Instructor Resources CD-Rom includes: Instructor's Manual, Computerized Testbank in ExamView, and Customizable PowerPoint™ Presentations.

WebTutor™ on Blackboard® Instant Access Code

ISBN: 9781111645069
Designed to accompany specific Delmar Cengage Learning Textbooks, WebTUTOR™ is an eLearning software solution that turns everyone in your classroom or training center into a front-row learner. Each WebTUTOR™ may include chapter learning objectives, online course preparation, study sheets, glossary flashcards, discussion topics, web links and an online forum to exchange notes and questions. In addition, online chapter quizzes are provided in various formats including; matching exercises, true-false questions, short-answer, and multiple-choice questions with immediate feedback for correct and incorrect answers. Multiple-choice questions also include rationales for right and wrong choices. Whether you want to Web-enhance your class, or offer an entire course online, WebTUTOR™ allows you to focus on what you do best, teaching.

WebTutor™ on WebCT™ Instant Access Code

ISBN: 9781111645076
Designed to accompany specific Delmar Cengage Learning Textbooks, WebTUTOR™ is an eLearning software solution that turns everyone in your classroom or training center into a front-row learner. Each WebTUTOR™ may include chapter learning objectives, online course preparation, study sheets, glossary flashcards, discussion topics, web links and an online forum to exchange notes and questions. In addition, online chapter quizzes are provided in various formats including; matching exercises, true-false questions, short-answer, and multiple-choice questions with immediate feedback for correct and incorrect answers. Multiple-choice questions also include rationales for right and wrong choices. Whether you want to Web-enhance your class, or offer an entire course online, WebTUTOR™ allows you to focus on what you do best, teaching.

CourseMate Instant Access

ISBN: 9781111644901
Cengage Learning's Paralegal CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook.

FOR STUDENTS

Essentials of Torts

ISBN: 9781401879648
ESSENTIALS OF TORTS, Third Edition is a practical and relevant guide for the paralegal as well as for anyone preparing for a career in the field of law. Well-written, logical, and full of interesting material, this book focuses on paralegal roles in tort litigation while providing readers with a comprehensive overview of the law of torts. This condensed version of Statsky's TORTS: PERSONAL INJURY LITIGATION, Fifth Edition, ESSENTIALS OF TORTS includes topics that are relevant for today's readers such as the Internet, terrorism, 9/11, and tort liability. Chapter objectives, margin definitions, review questions, and numerous exhibits are included in each chapter to clarify important concepts and reinforce difficult material.

WebTutor™ on Blackboard® Instant Access Code

ISBN: 9781111645069
Designed to accompany specific Delmar Cengage Learning textbooks, WebTutor™ is an eLearning software solution that puts you in the front row of your classroom or training center. Blackboard® and WebCT® components are offered across all of our disciplines. Each WebTutor™ may include chapter learning objectives, online course preparation, study sheets, glossary flashcards, discussion topics, web links, and an online forum to exchange notes and questions. In addition, online chapter quizzes are provided in various formats, including matching, true-or-false, short-answer, and multiple-choice with immediate feedback on correct and incorrect answers, and rationales for right and wrong choices.

WebTutor™ on WebCT™ Instant Access Code

ISBN: 9781111645076
Designed to accompany specific Delmar Cengage Learning textbooks, WebTutor™ is an eLearning software solution that puts you in the front row of your classroom or training center. Blackboard® and WebCT® components are offered across all of our disciplines. Each WebTutor™ may include chapter learning objectives, online course preparation, study sheets, glossary flashcards, discussion topics, web links, and an online forum to exchange notes and questions. In addition, online chapter quizzes are provided in various formats, including matching, true-or-false, short-answer, and multiple-choice with immediate feedback on correct and incorrect answers, and rationales for right and wrong choices.

CourseMate Instant Access

ISBN: 9781111644901
Cengage Learning's CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Maximize your course success with the integrated eBook and chapter-specific learning tools that include flashcards, quizzes, videos, and more in your CourseMate. Key Features: Interactive eBook, Engagement Tracker, Learning Objectives, Tutorial Quizzes, Glossary and Flashcards, and Web Links and References.