Civil Litigation,
8th Edition

Peggy Kerley, Joanne Banker Hames, Paul Sukys, J.D.

ISBN-13: 9781337798839
Copyright 2020 | Published
608 pages | List Price: USD $250.95

Succeed in your role as a paralegal with the help of Kerley/Hames/Sukys' CIVIL LITIGATION, 8E. Practical, easy-to-understand and thoroughly up-to-date, this proven book helps you grasp the details of today's litigation practice. You examine the litigation process in a range of contexts as the book demonstrates the relationship of litigation to other legal specialties. Each chapter includes exercises focusing on two single cases. This approach gives you the opportunity to work the cases from beginning to end, simulating an actual job experience. The book highlights sample documents, such as complaints, answers, interrogatories and deposition summaries, to familiarize you with real documents you will encounter in today's litigation law office. Trust CIVIL LITIGATION for a full understanding of contemporary litigation practices.


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 and the Future Ethical Problems of Discovery
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.
Appendix C: Website Resources

  • Peggy Kerley

    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

    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.

    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.

  • NEW, HELPFUL APPENDIX CONNECTS STUDENTS WITH WEBSITE RESOURCES FOR EACH CHAPTER. This new Appendix C lists the important URLs from each chapter for quick reference.

  • MEANINGFUL REVIEW AND PRACTICE HELPS STUDENTS APPLY THEIR KNOWLEDGE TO ACTUAL LEGAL SITUATIONS. Review Questions, Chapter Exercises and Chapter Projects promote understanding and give students an opportunity to apply the material they are learning to actual situations.

  • UNIQUE ONLINE SUPPLEMENTS SPECIFIC TO CERTAIN STATES ENSURE STUDENTS ARE PREPARED FOR THE WORKFORCE. This one-of-a-kind book offers unique state-specific supplements covering distinct state law and practice for several states, including California, New York, Ohio, Florida and Texas.

  • REAL SAMPLE DOCUMENTS FAMILIARIZE STUDENTS WITH THE TOOLS AND FORMS THEY WILL ENCOUNTER ON THE JOB. Numerous sample documents integrated throughout this edition introduce students to the actual forms and materials they will use, review and prepare as legal professionals.

  • STEP-BY-STEP PRESENTATIONS ENSURE COMPREHENSION OF EVEN THE MOST CHALLENGING TOPICS. This book's step-by-step teaching sequences break down the paralegal's role in litigation into manageable pieces of information to aid in understanding.

  • PRACTICALLY FOCUSED EXERCISES AND PROJECTS SIMULATE ACTUAL WORK EXPERIENCES. Meaningful exercises and projects give students the opportunity to develop paralegal skills and apply chapter material to projects, such as drafting sample documents.

  • ACTUAL CASES HIGHLIGHT THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN LITIGATION TODAY. Real-world case commentaries pulled from current headlines are integrated throughout this edition to place the concepts students are learning into practical context.

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