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The Litigation Paralegal: A Systems Approach 6th Edition

James W. H. McCord, J.D. | Pamela Tepper

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THE LITIGATION PARALEGAL: A SYSTEMS APPROACH, 6th Edition, combines theories and principles of law with practical skills for an engaging overview of the role of the paralegal. Numerous detailed exhibits, forms, checklists, and practical tips illustrate the realities of paralegal work. In addition, this edition covers the latest electronic discovery issues and the associated ethical and practical responsibilities of the lawyer and paralegal. It also includes a wide range of new and updated cases, assignments, key terms, and study questions to help your students master the content as well as a step-by-step law office litigation system that stresses organizational skills and quality control.

James W. H. McCord, J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School

James McCord is an experienced trial attorney in criminal law, professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, and a member of the Wisconsin and Kentucky Bar Associations. A frequent speaker at legal conferences, he is the author of several books and articles on the paralegal profession and practice. Professor McCord is a past president of the American Association for Paralegal Education, a former member of the American Bar Association Legal Assistant Program Approval Commission, and included in "Who's Who in Law."

Pamela Tepper, University of the Virgin Islands

Pamela R. Tepper is presently an Assistant Attorney General with the Virgin Islands Department of Justice, Solicitor General Division, in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands focusing on appeals, contracts, and healthcare issues. She formerly was the Deputy Solicitor General of that Department managing the section’s contracts, appeals, and special projects. From 2000 to 2008, Ms. Tepper was the Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel at the Governor Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center, St. Croix, Virgin Islands. For over 20 years, Ms. Tepper has taught in a number of paralegal programs including the Southeastern Paralegal Institute and Southern Methodist University programs in Dallas, Texas, The University of Texas, Arlington campus, and the University of the Virgin Islands. Along with this textbook, Ms. Tepper is the author of THE LAW OF CONTRACTS AND THE UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE, THIRD EDITION; BASIC LEGAL WRITING FOR PARALEGALS, SECOND EDITION; LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING; and TEXAS LEGAL RESEARCH. Ms. Tepper graduated from Hamilton College with a B.A and earned her J.D. at New England Law in Boston, Massachusetts. She is licensed to practice law in Texas and the Virgin Islands.

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The Litigation Paralegal: A Systems Approach


1. Welcome to the Law Office: Foundations for Litigation.
2. The Initial Interview.
3. Evidence and Investigation.
4. Drafting the Complaint.
5. Filing the Lawsuit, Service of Process, and Obtaining a Default Judgment.
6. Defending and Testing the Lawsuit: Motions, Answers, and Other.
7. Discovery and Electronic Discovery: Overview and Interrogatories.
8. Discovery: Depositions.
9. Discovery: Document Production and Control, Medical Exams, Admissions.
10. Settlement and Other Alternative Dispute Resolutions.
11. Trial Preparation and Trial.
12. Post-Trial Practice from Motions to Appeal.

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