Higher Education

Civil Litigation, 6th Edition

  • Peggy Kerley
  • Janis Walter University of Cincinnati
  • Joanne Banker Hames, J.D. DeAnza Community College
  • Paul Sukys, J.D., Ph.D. Ashland University
  • ISBN-10: 1111312222  |  ISBN-13: 9781111312220
  • 576 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2005, 2001
  • © 2012 | Published
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Overview

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.

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Features and Benefits

  • 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.

Table of Contents

Part I: INTRODUCTION TO CIVIL LITIGATION.
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.
9. Depositions.
10. Interrogatories.
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. Posttrial Practice.
Appendix A: Sample Deposition.
Appendix B: Bennett Research File.
Glossary.
Index.

What's New

  • 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.

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Instructor Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 1111312230 | ISBN-13: 9781111312237)

Online Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1111312249 | ISBN-13: 9781111312244)

Paralegal CourseMate Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111644748 | ISBN-13: 9781111644741)

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

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LMS Integrated for MindTap® Paralegal, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1133999719 | ISBN-13: 9781133999713)

MindTap Civil Litigation is a personalized, fully online digital learning platform of authoritative content, assignments, and services that engages your students with interactivity while also offering you choice in the configuration of coursework and enhancement of the curriculum via complimentary web-apps known as MindApps.

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MindTap® Paralegal Instant Access with Selections from Kerley/Hames/Sukys' Civil Litigation  (ISBN-10: 1133999727 | ISBN-13: 9781133999720)

MindTap Civil Litigation is a personalized, fully online digital learning platform of authoritative content, assignments, and services that engages your students with interactivity while also offering you choice in the configuration of coursework and enhancement of the curriculum via complimentary web-apps known as MindApps.

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Civil Litigation Case Study #1 CD-ROM: Robinson v. Adcock  (ISBN-10: 1418062316 | ISBN-13: 9781418062316)

Our Case Studies CD-ROM Series was designed to give students an opportunity to “learn by doing.” Most textbook case scenarios are usually brief and only give pieces of the whole case. Actual case files with the court typically contain issues too complicated for beginning students, the documents are too lengthy, or they are often incomplete since discovery devises are not filed with the court. Instructors can create their own cases, but it is often a burden because of the time commitment. With this series, the work is done for them. Each CD-ROM contains a case file, a series of documents that would be found in a litigation, criminal law, or family law file. Documents will be included in their entirety instead of as abbreviated versions. The student will therefore be involved in working on an entire case and not just parts of a case. Each case will be simplistic to appeal to the beginning student, but will still be realistic. An extensive list of assignments is provided for the instructor to select from. None of the cases are state or time specific, so they can be used in any jurisdiction at any time. With these CDs, the student will be able to analyze cases while producing legal documents and preparing legal research, just as paralegals do in actual law offices. By completing these exercises, a paralegal can develop the practical skills necessary to function as a valuable and effective member of a legal team. Robertson v. Adcock: Involves a civil action brought by a minor, and her parents, for injuries received as the result of dog bites to the minor’s face. The claims against the Defendants include negligence, violation of the state’s Revised Code, loss of consortium and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

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Civil Litigation Case Study #2 CD-ROM: Cook v. Washington  (ISBN-10: 1418062324 | ISBN-13: 9781418062323)

Our Case Studies CD-ROM Series was designed to give students an opportunity to "learn by doing." Most textbook case scenarios are usually brief and only give pieces of the whole case. Actual case files with the court typically contain issues too complicated for beginning students, the documents are too lengthy, or they are often incomplete since discovery devises are not filed with the court. Instructors can create their own cases, but it is often a burden because of the time commitment. With this series, the work is done for them. Each CD-ROM contains a case file, a series of documents that would be found in a litigation, criminal law, or family law file. Documents will be included in their entirety instead of as abbreviated versions. The student will therefore be involved in working on an entire case and not just parts of a case. Each case will be simplistic to appeal to the beginning student, but will still be realistic. An extensive list of assignments is provided for the instructor to select from. None of the cases are state or time specific, so they can be used in any jurisdiction at any time. With these CDs, the student will be able to analyze cases while producing legal documents and preparing legal research, just as paralegals do in actual law offices. By completing these exercises, a paralegal can develop the practical skills necessary to function as a valuable and effective member of a legal team. Cook v. Washington: Involves a civil action brought by a man for injuries received as the result of an automobile accident with the defendant. Claims include negligence and allegations of violating several statutes in the state's Revised Code. The defendant denies liability.

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Civil Litigation Case Study #3 CD-ROM: Mosley v. Okeedoke  (ISBN-10: 1418062332 | ISBN-13: 9781418062330)

Our Case Studies CD-ROM Series was designed to give students an opportunity to "learn by doing." Most textbook case scenarios are usually brief and only give pieces of the whole case. Actual case files with the court typically contain issues too complicated for beginning students, the documents are too lengthy, or they are often incomplete since discovery devises are not filed with the court. Instructors can create their own cases, but it is often a burden because of the time commitment. With this series, the work is done for them. Each CD-ROM contains a case file, a series of documents that would be found in a litigation, criminal law, or family law file. Documents will be included in their entirety instead of as abbreviated versions. The student will therefore be involved in working on an entire case and not just parts of a case. Each case will be simplistic to appeal to the beginning student, but will still be realistic. An extensive list of assignments is provided for the instructor to select from. None of the cases are state or time specific, so they can be used in any jurisdiction at any time. With these CDs, the student will be able to analyze cases while producing legal documents and preparing legal research, just as paralegals do in actual law offices. By completing these exercises, a paralegal can develop the practical skills necessary to function as a valuable and effective member of a legal team. Mosley v. Okeedoke: Involves a civil action brought by a couple who claim that one of them sustained injuries allegedly from taking an over-the-counter dietary supplement. Claims against the defendant, the manufacturer of the supplement, include negligence, product liability, strict liability and breach of warranty.

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Job Placement Strategies for Paralegals  (ISBN-10: 1418040088 | ISBN-13: 9781418040086)

Job Placement Strategies for Paralegals is a job search guidebook for paralegal students and professionals. This practical workbook outlines placement skills and strategies for helping job seekers find a position in the fast growing paralegal profession. The book offers effective tools and strategies to help paralegals prepare a professional resume and cover letter, find job opportunities in the private and public sector, win over prospective employers in the job interview, and evaluate job offers, including salary, bonus structure, and benefits packages. The guide includes a detailed resume worksheet that will direct job seekers in preparing and customizing a resume for a successful job search. Sample paralegal resumes and cover letters contain critical commentary to help applicants prepare outstanding materials. This unique guidebook also prepares job hunters for the job interview by offering practical advice including how to prepare, what to bring, and what to wear. Specific interview questions, including the dreaded "zinger" questions are set forth with winning answers provided. This essential resource will help paralegals in all stages of their careers. The sample resumes, cover letters, and job strategies will be invaluable to both students entering the profession as well as paralegals currently working in the legal field.

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Legal Studies Capstone: Assessing Your Undergraduate Education  (ISBN-10: 1111035075 | ISBN-13: 9781111035075)

LEGAL STUDIES CAPSTONE: ASSESSING YOUR UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION provides an opportunity for students to review, enhance and demonstrate their knowledge and practical application of the law. Achievement of learning objectives is shown through development of a portfolio of student work and a successful score on a comprehensive exam. Measurable learning objectives are detailed for each unit, with discussion questions, portfolio assignments and exam questions designed to measure the attainment of each outcome. Job search, continuing education, ethical obligations and technology skills are addressed, and students organize related documentation to prepare for post-graduation endeavors. These units are followed by summaries of core substantive and procedural areas of law, providing students with a review of prior studies as well as a gap-filler for keys areas essential to success in the workplace, continuing education, or certification and employment exams. Students can evaluate their knowledge of the law through review of questions and answers provided in the comprehensive exam in Appendix A. Portfolio assignments display their ability to draft pleadings, prepare contracts, complete forms and report research results for review by a prospective employer or as reference for future assignments. The Glossary and Other Resources listed in Appendix B assist in fostering successful outcomes in both portfolio development and the assessment exam. In addition to the benefits to students, this text offers guidance to educational programs undertaking a meaningful assessment of learning outcomes. Review of student portfolios and success rates on the comprehensive substantive assessment present student data to be utilized in continuous curriculum development. The Instructor's Resources include a sample course outline, exit exam and portfolio grading rubric.

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Oran's Dictionary of the Law  (ISBN-10: 1418080918 | ISBN-13: 9781418080914)

Oran's Dictionary of the Law, Fourth Edition, is the easiest to use introduction to legal terminology and concepts on the market. It contains clear definitions of the words that most paralegals, paralegal students, and persons in related fields need to know. The book gives the reader the core of each legal idea and helps them understand the American legal system as well as how to approach research tasks. The book precisely explains contracts, laws, court decisions, and lawyers. This new fourth edition includes a CD-ROM that contains all terms and definitions in the book and over a thousand new and revised definitions. It also includes an updated section on computerized legal research and overhauled sections on bankruptcy, intellectual property, litigation support, national security and other rapidly changing subject areas. Oran's Dictionary of the Law will leave the reader equipped with a precise, technical, legal vocabulary.

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Paralegal CourseMate Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111644748 | ISBN-13: 9781111644741)

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Succeed in your civil litigation course with this anytime, anywhere customized learning solution that reinforces and clarifies concepts, provides online quizzes with instant feedback, and keeps you connected to your instructor and classmates.

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LMS Integrated for MindTap® Paralegal, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1133999719 | ISBN-13: 9781133999713)

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MindTap® Paralegal Instant Access with Selections from Kerley/Hames/Sukys' Civil Litigation  (ISBN-10: 1133999727 | ISBN-13: 9781133999720)

MindTap™ Civil Litigation is a highly personalized fully online learning platform of authoritative content, assignments, and services offering you a tailored presentation of course curriculum created by your instructor. MindTap™ Civil Litigation guides you through the course curriculum via an innovative learning path where you will complete reading assignments, annotate your readings, complete homework and engage with quizzes and assessments. MindTap includes a variety of web-apps known as "MindApps" – allowing functionality like having the text read aloud to you as well as MindApps that allow you to synchronize your notes with your personal Evernote account. MindApps are tightly woven into the MindTap platform and enhance your learning experience. Civil Litigation is an introduction to areas of law common to many legal practices as well as: Takes students through the phases of litigating a civil dispute and prepares students to perform litigation work, from investigating claims, to filing a lawsuit, to pretrial and trial work, and on to appeals. Students have opportunities to practice skills required in each of these phases and to discover the paralegal's role in the process. Throughout the course, students will use critical thinking skills to determine where to file suit and to analyze the ethical obligations unique to trial work. Students will use legal writing skills to prepare briefs, motions, and pleadings, and draft discovery requests.

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Civil Litigation Case Study #1 CD-ROM: Robinson v. Adcock  (ISBN-10: 1418062316 | ISBN-13: 9781418062316)

Our Case Studies CD-ROM Series was designed to give students an opportunity to "learn by doing." Most textbook case scenarios are usually brief and only give pieces of the whole case. Actual case files with the court typically contain issues too complicated for beginning students, the documents are too lengthy, or they are often incomplete since discovery devises are not filed with the court. Instructors can create their own cases, but it is often a burden because of the time commitment. With this series, the work is done for them. Each CD-ROM contains a case file, a series of documents that would be found in a litigation, criminal law, or family law file. Documents will be included in their entirety instead of as abbreviated versions. The student will therefore be involved in working on an entire case and not just parts of a case. Each case will be simplistic to appeal to the beginning student, but will still be realistic. An extensive list of assignments is provided for the instructor to select from. None of the cases are state or time specific, so they can be used in any jurisdiction at any time. With these CDs, the student will be able to analyze cases while producing legal documents and preparing legal research, just as paralegals do in actual law offices. By completing these exercises, a paralegal can develop the practical skills necessary to function as a valuable and effective member of a legal team. Robertson v. Adcock: Involves a civil action brought by a minor, and her parents, for injuries received as the result of dog bites to the minor's face. The claims against the Defendants include negligence, violation of the state's Revised Code, loss of consortium and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

List Price = $64.95  | CengageBrain Price = $64.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $48.00

Civil Litigation Case Study #2 CD-ROM: Cook v. Washington  (ISBN-10: 1418062324 | ISBN-13: 9781418062323)

Our Case Studies CD-ROM Series was designed to give students an opportunity to "learn by doing." Most textbook case scenarios are usually brief and only give pieces of the whole case. Actual case files with the court typically contain issues too complicated for beginning students, the documents are too lengthy, or they are often incomplete since discovery devises are not filed with the court. Instructors can create their own cases, but it is often a burden because of the time commitment. With this series, the work is done for them. Each CD-ROM contains a case file, a series of documents that would be found in a litigation, criminal law, or family law file. Documents will be included in their entirety instead of as abbreviated versions. The student will therefore be involved in working on an entire case and not just parts of a case. Each case will be simplistic to appeal to the beginning student, but will still be realistic. An extensive list of assignments is provided for the instructor to select from. None of the cases are state or time specific, so they can be used in any jurisdiction at any time. With these CDs, the student will be able to analyze cases while producing legal documents and preparing legal research, just as paralegals do in actual law offices. By completing these exercises, a paralegal can develop the practical skills necessary to function as a valuable and effective member of a legal team. Cook v. Washington: Involves a civil action brought by a man for injuries received as the result of an automobile accident with the defendant. Claims include negligence and allegations of violating several statutes in the state's Revised Code. The defendant denies liability.

List Price = $64.95  | CengageBrain Price = $64.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $48.00

Civil Litigation Case Study #3 CD-ROM: Mosley v. Okeedoke  (ISBN-10: 1418062332 | ISBN-13: 9781418062330)

Our Case Studies CD-ROM Series was designed to give students an opportunity to "learn by doing." Most textbook case scenarios are usually brief and only give pieces of the whole case. Actual case files with the court typically contain issues too complicated for beginning students, the documents are too lengthy, or they are often incomplete since discovery devises are not filed with the court. Instructors can create their own cases, but it is often a burden because of the time commitment. With this series, the work is done for them. Each CD-ROM contains a case file, a series of documents that would be found in a litigation, criminal law, or family law file. Documents will be included in their entirety instead of as abbreviated versions. The student will therefore be involved in working on an entire case and not just parts of a case. Each case will be simplistic to appeal to the beginning student, but will still be realistic. An extensive list of assignments is provided for the instructor to select from. None of the cases are state or time specific, so they can be used in any jurisdiction at any time. With these CDs, the student will be able to analyze cases while producing legal documents and preparing legal research, just as paralegals do in actual law offices. By completing these exercises, a paralegal can develop the practical skills necessary to function as a valuable and effective member of a legal team. Mosley v. Okeedoke: Involves a civil action brought by a couple who claim that one of them sustained injuries allegedly from taking an over-the-counter dietary supplement. Claims against the defendant, the manufacturer of the supplement, include negligence, product liability, strict liability and breach of warranty.

List Price = $64.95  | CengageBrain Price = $64.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $48.00

Job Placement Strategies for Paralegals  (ISBN-10: 1418040088 | ISBN-13: 9781418040086)

Job Placement Strategies for Paralegals is a job search guidebook for paralegal students and professionals. This practical workbook outlines placement skills and strategies for helping job seekers find a position in the fast growing paralegal profession. The book offers effective tools and strategies to help paralegals prepare a professional resume and cover letter, find job opportunities in the private and public sector, win over prospective employers in the job interview, and evaluate job offers, including salary, bonus structure, and benefits packages. The guide includes a detailed resume worksheet that will direct job seekers in preparing and customizing a resume for a successful job search. Sample paralegal resumes and cover letters contain critical commentary to help applicants prepare outstanding materials. This unique guidebook also prepares job hunters for the job interview by offering practical advice including how to prepare, what to bring, and what to wear. Specific interview questions, including the dreaded "zinger" questions are set forth with winning answers provided. This essential resource will help paralegals in all stages of their careers. The sample resumes, cover letters, and job strategies will be invaluable to both students entering the profession as well as paralegals currently working in the legal field.

List Price = $73.95  | CengageBrain Price = $73.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $55.50

Legal Studies Capstone: Assessing Your Undergraduate Education  (ISBN-10: 1111035075 | ISBN-13: 9781111035075)

LEGAL STUDIES CAPSTONE: ASSESSING YOUR UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION provides the opportunity for you to review, enhance and demonstrate your knowledge and practical application of the law as you complete your education. Achievement of learning objectives is shown through development of a portfolio of your work and a successful score on a comprehensive exam. Measurable learning objectives are detailed for each unit, with discussion questions, portfolio assignments and exam questions designed to measure the attainment of each outcome. Job search, continuing education, ethical obligations and technology skills are addressed, and you organize related documentation to prepare for post-graduation endeavors. These units are followed by summaries of core substantive and procedural areas of law, providing you with a review of prior studies as well as a gap-filler for keys areas essential to success in the workplace, continuing education, or certification and employment exams. You can evaluate your knowledge of the law through review of questions and answers provided in the comprehensive exam in Appendix A. Portfolio assignments display your ability to draft pleadings, prepare contracts, complete forms and report research results for review by a prospective employer or as reference for future assignments. The Glossary and Other Resources listed in Appendix B assist in fostering successful outcomes in both portfolio development and the assessment exam.

List Price = $95.95  | CengageBrain Price = $95.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $72.00

Oran's Dictionary of the Law  (ISBN-10: 1418080918 | ISBN-13: 9781418080914)

Oran's Dictionary of the Law, Fourth Edition, is the easiest to use introduction to legal terminology and concepts on the market. It contains clear definitions of the words that most paralegals, paralegal students, and persons in related fields need to know. The book gives the reader the core of each legal idea and helps them understand the American legal system as well as how to approach research tasks. The book precisely explains contracts, laws, court decisions, and lawyers. This new fourth edition includes a CD-ROM that contains all terms and definitions in the book and over a thousand new and revised definitions. It also includes an updated section on computerized legal research and overhauled sections on bankruptcy, intellectual property, litigation support, national security and other rapidly changing subject areas. Oran's Dictionary of the Law will leave the reader equipped with a precise, technical, legal vocabulary.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

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

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.

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.

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.