Civil Litigation,
7th Edition

Peggy Kerley, Joanne Banker Hames, Paul Sukys

ISBN-13: 9781285449180 | ISBN-10: 1285449185

Copyright 2015

| Published 2014

| 576 pages

List Price USD $199.95


Succeed in your role as a paralegal with CIVIL LITIGATION, Seventh Edition. Practical, easy-to-understand, and thoroughly up-to-date, this proven book helps you grasp the details of today's litigation practice, covers the litigation process in a range of contexts, and demonstrates the relationship of litigation to other legal specialties. Each chapter includes exercises focusing on two cases, giving you the opportunity to work the cases from beginning to end, simulating an on-the-job experience. You'll also find sample documents (such as complaints, answers, interrogatories, and deposition summaries) that familiarize you with the documents you will encounter in the litigation law office.

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Meet the Authors

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Peggy N. Kerley is a contract litigation paralegal, recently retired from Sidley Austin LLP in Dallas, Texas. Ms. Kerley received her paralegal certificate from the University of Oklahoma followed by an undergraduate degree in political economy from the University of Texas at Dallas. She has more than 50 years of legal experience and served as a paralegal instructor at Southeastern Paralegal Institute in Dallas, Texas. Ms. Kerley has authored another paralegal textbook, EMPLOYMENT LAW FOR THE PARALEGAL.

Joanne Banker Hames, J.D., is a retired paralegal coordinator and full-time instructor for the paralegal program at DeAnza Community College 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 14 years she has been involved primarily in paralegal education. She taught at Santa Clara University Paralegal Institute before joining DeAnza Community College.

Paul Sukys, J.D., Ph.D., is a Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Law, Literature and Legal Studies at North Central State College in Mansfield, Ohio. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at Ashland University, Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland. 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 applied philosophy and art history from The Union Institute and University in Cincinnati. He is a member of the Ohio Bar, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Authors Guild, the National Business Education Association, the Community College Humanities Association and the Lakeside Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle.

  • The updated "Finding It on the Internet" and "Automated Litigation Support" features enable students to stay on the cutting edge of litigation practice.
  • 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.
  • Coverage of the technology used for texting and scanning in response to document requests and discovery now reflects the latest advances in the field.
  • The latest changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (especially Rule 502) bring the content up-to-date.
  • Real world case commentaries pulled from current headlines put textbook material into practical context.
  • 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.
  • Practical exercises and projects give students the opportunity to develop paralegal skills and apply chapter material to projects such as drafting sample documents.
  • Review Questions, Chapter Exercises, and the Chapter Project promote understanding and give students an opportunity to apply the material to factual situations.
  • Step-by-step teaching sequences break down the paralegal's role in litigation into manageable pieces of information.
  • Numerous sample documents introduce students to the materials they will be using, reviewing, and preparing as legal professionals.

Table of Contents

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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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Instructor's Companion Web Site for Kerley/Hames/Sukys' Civil Litigation, 7th

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Civil Litigation

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