Civil Litigation: Process and Procedures (4e) : 9780134831046

Civil Litigation: Process and Procedures (4e)

 
Edition
 
4
ISBN
 
9780134831046
ISBN 10
 
0134831047
Published
 
01/01/2018
Published by
 
Pearson Higher Ed USA
Pages
 
576
Format
 
Out of stock
 
Title type
Book
$262.99
 
 
Title type
 
$60.00
 
 
Description

For courses in civil litigation.

Multimedia introduction to civil litigation, from pre- to posttrial
Civil Litigation: Process and Procedures teaches students the skills they need to pursue careers in civil litigation, from the details of the litigation process, to the work of paralegals, to pretrial preparation and posttrial procedures. Throughout the text, the authors integrate video simulations and hands-on activities, some of which lead students to create documents they can include in a professional portfolio. In addition to updated laws and procedures, the 4th edition includes a new Virtual Law Office Experience to help students prepare for the workplace.

Table of contents
  • PART 1: INTRODUCTION TO CIVIL LITIGATION
  • 1. The Paralegal in Civil Litigation
  • 1A. Appendix: Building Your Professional Portfolio and Reference Manual
  • 2. Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • 3. Litigation Management and Technology
  • PART 2: PLANNING THE LITIGATION
  • 4. The Court System, Settlement, and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 5. Causes of Actions and Litigation Strategies
  • 6. Evidence
  • 7. Interviews and Investigation in Civil Litigation
  • PART 3: DOCUMENTS IN CIVIL LITIGATION
  • 8. Pleadings: Complaint, Summons, and Service
  • 9. Motions Practice
  • 10. Pleadings: Responses to Complaint
  • PART 4: FORMAL DISCOVERY METHODS
  • 11. Introduction to Discovery
  • 12. Issues in Electronic Discovery
  • 13. Interrogatories and Requests for Production
  • 14. Depositions
  • 15. Other Forms of Discovery
  • PART 5: TRIAL OF THE CASE
  • 16. Trial Preparation—Postdiscovery to Pretrial
  • 17. Trial
  • 18. The Electronic Courtroom and Trial Presentation
  • PART 6: POSTTRIAL ISSUES
  • 19. Posttrial Procedures
  • 20. Enforcement of Judgments
  • Appendices
  • 1. Chapter Opening Case Study
  • 2. Comprehensive Case Study: School Bus-Truck Accident Case Study
  • 3. Supplemental Case Studies
New to this edition

Clear presentation of litigation processes and procedures

  • Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure have been updated.

Interactive, hands-on learning

  • The new Virtual Law Office Experience with Case Study Videos has been integrated throughout the text to simulate a law office internship. Students watch realistic video scenarios, work with case files and documents, use the technology they will apply in practice, and produce documents suitable for a professional portfolio.
  • In new chapter introduction videos, the authors provide an overview of the chapter.

Technology and legal matters in civil litigation

  • Coverage of the newest electronic discovery rules prepares students to participate in modern, complex electronic discovery processes.
  • The Technology Resources Website has been updated with the most recent trial versions of some of the most widely used software in the legal field, preparing students to be productive with this key part of practice.
  • Exhibits and forms have been updated to reflect current practice.
  • Information on paralegal regulation has been updated.

Check out the preface for a complete list of features and what's new in this edition.
Features & benefits

Clear presentation of litigation processes and procedures

  • A walkthrough of the entire litigation process – from interview and investigation, to trial and post¿trial – demonstrates how each decision made by the client or legal team impacts the future direction of a case.
  • The text and resources build a strong foundational understanding of ethical principles that apply to the legal team in practice. Resources include Ethical Perspectives boxes and 16 ethics-related video case study segments.
  • Video case studies built into the text illustrate each step of the litigation process and demonstrate a wide variety of practice and procedural scenarios, from client interviews to investigation, trial, and appeal.
  • Updated - Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure have been updated.

Interactive, hands-on learning

  • New - The new Virtual Law Office Experience with Case Study Videos has been integrated throughout the text to simulate a law office internship. Students watch realistic video scenarios, work with case files and documents, use the technology they will apply in practice, and produce documents suitable for a professional portfolio.
  • New - In new chapter introduction videos, the authors provide an overview of the chapter.
  • Advice from the Field articles and video interviews present professional advice straight from the experts and cover such topics as interviewing skills, developing a portfolio, professional development, and handling clients.
  • End-of-chapter practice materials, continuing case studies, and a comprehensive case study reflect activities of civil litigation professionals. Samples are placed throughout chapters for guidance in completing assignments.

Technology and legal matters in civil litigation

  • Updated - Coverage of the newest electronic discovery rules prepares students to participate in modern, complex electronic discovery processes.
  • Updated - The Technology Resources Website has been updated with the most recent trial versions of some of the most widely used software in the legal field, preparing students to be productive with this key part of practice.
  • Updated - Exhibits and forms have been updated to reflect current practice.
  • Updated - Information on paralegal regulation has been updated.

Author biography

Thomas F. Goldman, JD, is an experienced trial attorney who has represented nationally known insurance companies and corporations. He developed the Advanced Litigation Support and Technology Certificate Program at Thomas Edison State College, where he was a member of the Paralegal Studies Program Advisory Board and a mentor. He is Professor Emeritus at Bucks County Community College, where he was a professor of Law and Management, Director of the Center for Legal Studies, and Director of the ABA-approved Paralegal Studies Program.

Professor Goldman is an author of textbooks in paralegal studies and technology, including The Paralegal Professional, in its fifth edition; Litigation Practice: E-Discovery and Technology; Accounting and Taxation for Paralegals; Technology in the Law Office, in its fourth edition; AbacusLaw: A Hands-On Tutorial and Guide; and SmartDraw: A Hands-On Tutorial and Guide. In addition, he is the executive producer of the Paralegal Professional video series, in which he occasionally appears.

An accounting and economics graduate of Boston University and of Temple University School of Law, Professor Goldman has an active international law, technology law, and litigation practice. He has worked extensively with paralegals and has received the Boss of the Year award of the Legal Support Staff Guild. He was elected the Legal Secretaries Association Boss of the Year for his contribution to cooperative education by encouraging the use of paralegals and legal assistants in law offices. He also received the Bucks County Community College Alumni Association Professional Achievement Award.

He has been an educational consultant on technology to educational institutions and major corporations and a frequent speaker and lecturer on educational, legal, and technology issues. He was appointed to the American Association for Paralegal Education Board of Directors in October 2005; there, he served as the founding chair of the Technology Task Force, where he initiated the Train the Trainer program and the Cyber Idol competition.

Alice Hart Hughes, JD
, is a practicing attorney and experienced litigator. She is a former Adjunct Professor of Paralegal Studies at Bucks County Community College, where she taught Civil Litigation, Legal Research and Writing, Accounting for Paralegals, Introduction to Paralegal Studies, Negligence, and Family Law. She is the author of Real Estate Law Fundamentals and participated in the production and script writing for the Video Law Office Experience. Mrs. Hughes holds a degree in real estate and finance from Temple University and graduated from Temple University School of Law.

She has practiced civil litigation extensively, working in midsized, multi-office law firms. Her practice is limited to estate planning, administration, and litigation. In 2010, she was appointed to the Pennsylvania Board of Dentistry and lectures on ethical issues in the medical subspecialty of podiatry.