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- Full title: Civil Litigation, 8th Edition
- Edition: 8th
- Copyright year: 2020
- Publisher: Cengage Learning
- Author: Peggy Kerley; Joanne Banker Hames; Paul Sukys, J.D.
- ISBN: 9781337900713, 9781337900713
- Format: PDF
Description of Civil Litigation, 8th Edition:
Readers learn to succeed as paralegals with the help of Kerley/Hames/Sukys’ CIVIL LITIGATION, 8E. Practical, easy-to-understand and thoroughly up-to-date, this proven book emphasizes the details of today’s litigation practice. Readers 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 that focus on two single cases. This provides the opportunity to work the cases from beginning to end, simulating an actual job experience. The book even highlights sample documents, such as complaints, answers, interrogatories and deposition summaries, to familiarize readers with real documents found in today’s litigation law office.Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
Table of Contents of Civil Litigation, 8th Edition PDF ebook:
Title PageCopyright PageBrief ContentsContentsPrefaceAcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorsPART I: Introduction to Civil LitigationChapter 1: Litigation and the ParalegalObjectivesIntroduction to Civil LitigationLegal Personnel and Civil LitigationDifferences Between Criminal and Civil CasesCriminal CasesCivil CasesAn Overview of Civil LitigationThe PartiesPleadingsDiscoveryMotionsTrial, Judgments, and AppealTypes of Civil LawsuitsAlternatives and Limitations to LitigationAlternative Dispute ResolutionAdministrative Agency HearingsLegislative and Judicial LimitationsThe Law of Civil LitigationPrimary SourcesSecondary SourcesThe Role of Technology in LitigationTechnology and the Law FirmTechnology and the CourtsThe Role of the Litigation ParalegalThe Litigation Law FirmLitigation Paralegal Job DescriptionWhat a Litigation Paralegal Cannot DoSkills Required of the Litigation ParalegalContinuing Legal EducationProfessional OrganizationsPractical Tips for Success in the Law FirmForms FileInvaluable AidHow to Build a Litigation Procedures ManualChapter 2: The Courts and JurisdictionObjectivesThe Courts and LitigationTrial CourtsCourts of AppealsCourts of Last ResortFederal Court SystemU.S. District CourtsMiscellaneous Federal Trial CourtsU.S. Courts of AppealsU.S. Supreme CourtState Court SystemsThe Courts and TechnologyJurisdictionSubject Matter JurisdictionSubject Matter Jurisdiction of the Federal CourtsExclusive versus Concurrent JurisdictionSupplemental JurisdictionSubject Matter Jurisdiction in the State CourtsChallenging Subject Matter JurisdictionPersonal JurisdictionJurisdiction over PlaintiffJurisdiction over DefendantChallenging Personal JurisdictionIn Rem JurisdictionQuasi in Rem JurisdictionVenueFederal Court VenueState Court VenueChanging VenueChapter 3: Preliminary Considerations and ProceduresObjectivesDetermining the Existence of a Cause of ActionFeasibility of the LawsuitTurning Down a CaseTime LimitationsStatute of LimitationsClaim StatutesLachesTickler SystemsEthical ConsiderationsCompetency to Handle the CaseFrivolous ClaimsConflict of InterestCommunication with the ClientCommunication with the Opposing PartyConfidentialityHonestyAttorney Fees and Ethical ConsiderationsProperty of ClientTrust AccountsSpecial Ethical Concerns for ParalegalsLaw Office ProceduresBasic ProceduresTechnology UsePART II: Initiating LitigationChapter 4: Investigation and EvidenceObjectivesThe Client InterviewPreparing for the Initial Client InterviewDevelop Interview QuestionnairesGather Forms and Documents for Client SignatureThe Paralegal’s Role in the InterviewInterview Summary and OrganizationProfessional DemeanorLocating Fact Witnesses or Elusive DefendantsSteps for Locating the Agent of Corporations or PartnershipsTechniques for Interviewing Fact WitnessesEvidenceDirect Evidence versus Circumstantial EvidenceForms of EvidenceFederal Rules of EvidenceRelevancyEvidence of Character and HabitDocumentary EvidenceSelf-AuthenticationBest Evidence RuleScientific Evidence and Expert WitnessesHearsay RuleExceptions to HearsayPrivileged CommunicationsState Rules of EvidenceAdditional Resources Relating to EvidenceMethods For Locating and Preserving EvidenceCourt RecordsPACEREvidence Control and RetrievalPreservation of EvidenceLitigation HoldsExpert WitnessesChapter 5: The ComplaintObjectivesThe Nature and Purpose of PleadingsThe Elements and Format of a ComplaintIdentifying and Describing the PartiesReal Party in InterestStatusCapacityParties and Fictitious NamesJoining Multiple PartiesClass ActionsInterpleaderAlleging Jurisdiction and VenuePleading the Cause of ActionAlleging Multiple Counts or Causes of ActionMultiple Parties and Causes of ActionRequest for Damages or Other ReliefMoney DamagesEquitable ReliefProvisional RemediesDrafting the ComplaintThe CaptionThe Causes of ActionThe PrayerThe SubscriptionThe Request for a JuryVerificationsDisclosure Statement by Nongovernmental Corporate PartyExhibitsFiling the ComplaintElectronic Filing (E-Filing)Federal CourtsState CourtsThe SummonsServing the ComplaintWaiver of ServiceAmending the ComplaintChapter 6: Responses to the ComplaintObjectivesResponding to the ComplaintTime LimitsStipulations Enlarging TimeMotions to Extend or Enlarge TimeTypes of AnswersGeneral DenialSpecific DenialQualified DenialAffirmative DefensesDrafting the AnswerCaptionBodyPrayer and SignatureVerificationService and FilingAmendingCounterclaims, Cross-Claims, and Third-Party ComplaintsCounterclaimsCross-ClaimsThird-Party ComplaintsReplies and AnswersAmendingLegal Challenges to the ComplaintFailure to AnswerSetting Aside DefaultsChapter 7: Motion PracticeObjectivesMotions GenerallyPreparing, Serving, and RespondingPreparation of the Written PapersService and FilingResponding to MotionsCourt Procedures Involving MotionsHearingsTentative RulingsOrders after MotionsSanctionsSpecific MotionsPretrial MotionsTrial MotionsPosttrial MotionsPreliminary Injunctions and Temporary Restraining OrdersPART III: DiscoveryChapter 8: Overview of the Discovery ProcessObjectivesThe Nature of DiscoveryDevelopments Concerning DiscoveryElectronically Stored InformationThe Objectives of DiscoveryPreliminary Decisions Regarding DiscoveryAmendments to the Federal Rules of Civil ProcedureEthical Considerations in DiscoveryThe Extent of Allowable DiscoveryThe Scope of DiscoveryLimits on DiscoveryDuty of Mutual Disclosure Under Rule 26The Discovery ConferenceMutual DisclosuresDuty to SupplementCooperating With DiscoveryVoluntary CooperationInvoluntary CooperationChapter 9: DepositionsObjectivesThe DepositionTraditional and Electronic DepositionsTraditional Oral DepositionsAdvantages of the Traditional Oral DepositionDisadvantages of the Traditional Oral DepositionElectronic DepositionsAdvantages of the Electronic DepositionDisadvantages of the Electronic DepositionThe Paralegal’s Role Before the Oral DepositionAmendments to the Notice RequirementsSubpoena RequirementRecent Amendments to Rule 45 SubpoenaPreparation for the DepositionThe Paralegal’s Role During the Oral DepositionNote-TakingWitness EvaluationThe Paralegal’s Role after the Oral DepositionTranscript ArrangementsThe Deposition SummaryThe Deposition Upon Written QuestionsChapter 10: InterrogatoriesObjectivesInterrogatoriesScope and Number of InterrogatoriesPurposes of InterrogatoriesAdvantages of InterrogatoriesDisadvantages of InterrogatoriesInterrogatories and EsiThe Use of ESI to Respond to InterrogatoriesThe Downside of Electronically Stored InformationDrafting InterrogatoriesPreliminary Steps in Drafting InterrogatoriesForm and Content of InterrogatoriesTitle of the Interrogatories and Introductory ParagraphMotion to CompelDrafting Answers to InterrogatoriesDetermining Time LimitsAnswering the InterrogatoriesFulfilling the Duty to SupplementObjecting to InterrogatoriesChapter 11: Physical and Mental ExaminationsObjectivesThe Physical or Mental ExaminationTypes of Cases Using Physical or Mental ExaminationsReasons for Allowing Physical and Mental ExaminationsFiling a Motion for Compulsory ExaminationRequirements for Granting the Motion for Compulsory ExaminationEvidence of Good CauseCondition in ControversyGranting a Motion for Compulsory ExaminationThe Paralegal’s Role in Physical and Mental ExaminationsArranging for the Examination of an Opposing PartyPreparing the Client for an ExaminationChapter 12: Request for DocumentsObjectivesThe Request for DocumentsRecent Developments Concerning Mutual Disclosure of DocumentsMutual Disclosures and ESIAlternative Methods of Requesting DocumentsLegal Holds and the Duty to Preserve Evidence Including ESIPreliminary Decisions Regarding Requests for DocumentsApproaches to Document ProductionESI and the Document RequestDocument Production Requests and Computer SystemsDocument Production Requests and the Nature of ESIDocument Production Requests and Storage of ESIThe Expense Involved in the Retrieval of ESIPredictive Coding and the ESI Production RevolutionProtection of DocumentsThe AttorneyClient PrivilegeThe Work Product PrivilegeAdditional PrivilegesOverbroad and Duplicative RequestsInadmissible and Irrelevant EvidenceConfidentiality Agreements and Protective OrdersFormat Objections to Document RequestsInadvertent Production of DocumentsInadvertent Production of Electronically Stored InformationRequesting the Production of DocumentsForm and Content of the RequestFinal Responsibility in Drafting the RequestMotion to CompelReviewing the Documents of the Opposing PartyResponding to a Request for DocumentsDetermining a Target DateCategorizing the DocumentsInvolving the Client in Document ProductionOrganizing the Document ProductionOrganizing and Indexing the Documents after ProductionOrganizing the Documents after ProductionIndexing the Documents after ProductionInspection of PropertyObtaining an InspectionResponding to a Demand for InspectionESI and On-site InspectionsReasons for the On-Site Inspection of a Computer SystemProcedures for the On-Site Inspection of a Computer SystemChapter 13: Requests for Admission and the Future Ethical Problems of DiscoveryObjectivesRequests for Admission and the ETH ICS of DiscoveryRequests for AdmissionPurposes of Requests for AdmissionUses of Requests for AdmissionAdvantages of Requests for AdmissionDrafting Requests for AdmissionPreliminary Steps in Drafting Requests for AdmissionForm and Content of Requests for AdmissionResponding to Requests for AdmissionAlternative Responses to Requests for AdmissionObjections to Requests for AdmissionEmerging Ethical Issues and the ESI RevolutionEthical Responsibilities Related to ESIThe Ethics of Cloud StoragePositive Steps to Avoid ESI PitfallsPART IV: Pretrial, Trial, and PosttrialChapter 14: Settlements, Dismissals, and Alternative Dispute ResolutionObjectivesThe SettlementInitial Factors Involved in the Settlement DecisionPreliminary Investigative WorkSettlement OfferSettlement Summary and Settlement LetterSettlement BrochureSettlement ConferenceSettlement Agreement and ReleaseSettlement AgreementsCovenant Not to SueReleasesDismissal, Consent Decree, and Distribution of FundsDismissalsConsent DecreeDistribution of Settlement FundsAlternative Dispute ResolutionCourt-Related ADRPrivate ADRChapter 15: Trial TechniquesObjectivesPreliminary Preparation for TrialPretrial ConferenceLitigation File OrganizationAmending the PleadingsMotions at the Beginning of TrialThe Trial NotebookPreparation of WitnessesSubpoena of WitnessesCommunicating with WitnessesWitness Preparation MeetingPreparation of Trial Exhibits and BriefsPreparing Trial ExhibitsResearching for the Trial BriefCoordinating Trial LogisticsArranging for AccommodationsVisiting the CourthouseContacting Court PersonnelPreliminary Steps in the Trial ProcessDecisions Regarding Jury TrialsThe Jury ProcessPreparing a Juror ProfileHolding a Mock Jury TrialUsing Shadow JuriesThe TrialJury SelectionThe Voir Dire ProcessPeremptory ChallengesOpening StatementCharacteristics of a Good Opening StatementThe Presentation of EvidenceThe Plaintiff’s Case-in-ChiefThe Defendant’s Case-in-ChiefThe Presentation of Rebuttal EvidenceClosing ArgumentJury Deliberation and VerdictsMotions during TrialMotions at the End of TrialThe Paralegal’s Role at TrialEnsuring the Presence of WitnessesKeeping Track of ExhibitsParticipating in Jury SelectionTaking Notes during the TrialThe Electronic CourtroomLaptop Computer with Presentation SoftwareChapter 16: Posttrial PracticeObjectivesFederal Rules Changes Regarding Calculating Due Dates in the Appeal ProcessPosttrial MotionsMotion for a New TrialIndicative Ruling and Remand to the District CourtPreliminary Steps in the AppealNotice of AppealAppeal BondOrdering the TranscriptTransmitting the RecordEnlargement of TimeThe Appellate BriefDrafting the Appellate BriefAppellant, Appellee, and Reply BriefsFiling and Service of Appellate BriefsCoordinating the Oral ArgumentPreparing for the Oral ArgumentAssisting at Oral ArgumentFinal ProceduresFurther Appeal ProceduresPosttrial Judgment ProceduresAppendix A: Sample DepositionAppendix B: Bennett and Douglass Research FilesAppendix C: Internet Web SitesGlossaryIndex