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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.

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.

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., Ashland University

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.
  • 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.
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. Post-trial Practice.
Appendix A: Sample Deposition.
Appendix B: Bennett and Douglass Research Files.
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"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."