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- By John Steinsiek. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender.
Steinsiek’s book is designed to be used as a quick, practical reference for both students and practitioners. Divided into four different sections, the first section covers the service rules, laws, guidelines and specific information on topics such as bonds, liability, who may serve, and out of state documents. Next specific service documents with each entity containing a definition for the document, the service requirements, and the server duties in the second section are discussed. The third section covers property issues such as manufactured housing and sale of real property. The final section consists of reference charts on topics such citation publication, evictions, and protective orders.
- By William V. Dorsaneo. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 2012. 16.
This title is a comprehensive look at pretrial civil procedure in Texas. Various strategies, procedural guides, and treatise discussions as listed in this indexed and easy-to-read guide to pretrial practice.
- By William V. Dorsaneo. Published by Carolina Academic Press. 2015.
This coursebook explores both the practical and substantive aspects of Texas civil pre-trial litigation. The materials cover all aspects of the processing of a civil case up to the period immediately before trial
- By William V. Dorsaneo. Published by Carolina Academic Press. 2016.
This book introduces students to trial preparation, motion practice, jury selection, the trial process, preparation of the jury charge, jury argument, jury deliberations, verdict, instructed verdicts, judgments, and post-trial motions. The text also devotes a chapter to the special problems of non-jury trials. The authors have expanded their coverage of the difficult issue of finality of judgments, and included thorough treatment of original and appellate proceedings in the courts of appeal and in the Texas Supreme Court. New softcover editions of this book will be issued each year.
- By Jeremy Wicker. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 1999.
Encyclopedic in scope, this set covers everything from analyses of court rules, statutes and cases to the underlying laws governing civil and appellate procedure. It provides extensive coverage of all aspects of appellate practice, including perfecting appeals, the appellate record, appellate briefs, court of appeals proceedings, Texas Supreme Court procedures, and original proceedings.
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- By Richard Freer. Published by Thomson West. 2014. 1st ed.
This title distills the complex topic of civil procedure down to a very accessible 167 pages. It presents the crucial elements, mentioning doctrinal cases as needed to show where certain fundamental principles derive from. Brief, yet more than sufficiently informative, this guide will prove useful in helping you outline, and understand civil procedure in general.
- By Lloyd Bonfield. Published by Thomson West. 2006. 1st.
An introduction to American law. This guide provides a clear and concise introduction to the American constitutional system, judiciary, civil and criminal law.
- By Samuel Issacharoff. Published by Foundation Press. 2011. 3rd editition.
"This book analyzes legal procedure as part of a complicated interaction between private ordering and public intervention. Modern society brings people together in a variety of settings and injects an active state presence into everyday activities. Inevitably there are disputes and they are settled based on social norms or on an understanding of what is right and what is wrong; what is contestable and what is not. This private ordering of responsibility occurs against a backdrop of what might occur were the matter to be taken to the more costly system of public dispute resolution. In this sense, disputants outside the legal system are said to be bargaining in the shadow of the law." - from the publisher
- By Jack H. Friedenthal; Mary Kay Kane; Arthur R. Miller. Published by Thomson West. 2015. 5th ed.
"Gain insight into the laws governing all of the major steps in the civil litigation process, starting with investigation and ending with post-appeal collateral attacks. This text covers the major themes underlying the governing legal standards and those basic issues that the case law and literature suggest to be the most pressing. References to federal practice and procedure are provided with a discussion on the burden of complex, multi-party litigation on the judicial system." - from the publisher
- By Mary Kay Kane. Published by Thomson West. 2013. 7th edition.
A guide that provides the broad view of Civil Procedure. Topics include proper court jurisdiction, pretrial preparation, trial practice, adjudication, judgments, and appeals among others. A good resource to refresh your memory on things you've learned in the past or place to start if you're new to the law.
- By Mary Ann Glendon. Published by Thomson West. 2008. 3rd edition.
"This nutshell offers a general introduction to comparative law that includes both an overview of the methods of comparative law as well as of the two most widespread legal traditions in the world: civil (or Romano-Germanic) law and common law. For both legal traditions, this expert discussion covers their history; legal structures, including constitutional systems, courts, and judicial review; the roles of central legal actors, including lawyers, judges, and scholars; an overview of civil and criminal procedure; the principal sources of law and divisions of substantive law; and the judicial process. Throughout, the discussion also includes references to the place and the importance of supranational law and institutions and their impact on the civil law and common law traditions in Europe." - from the publisher
- By David Siegel. Published by Thomson West. 2005. 3rd edition.
"Develop perspective on the conflicts of law arena with Siegel's broad vantage point. Topics covered include issues involving domicile; jurisdiction; adjudication; statute of limitations; foreign law; contract and business cases; torts; "renvoi"; Erie Doctrine; judgments; and family (marriage, dissolution of marriage, property incidents, and custody). Use Siegel's Conflicts in a Nutshell as an introduction and review tool for students or as a quick refresher and reference tool for lawyers." - from the publisher
- By Albert Moore. Published by Thomson West. 2010. 1st edition.
"This resource helps refine and improve deposition skills, such as obtaining answers to critical questions; finding out everything deponents know about topics and events; undercutting harmful testimony that emerges at deposition; obtaining information from deponents who claim not to understand questions or who interpret questions in a hypertechnical way; exploiting deponents’ conflicting statements; dealing with opposing counsel’s objections; undermining adverse experts’ opinions; and preparing for deposition. The book also contains chapters on taking special depositions, including those of an adverse expert, a Rule 30 (b) (6) deponent, and a deposition to preserve the testimony of your own witness for trial." - from the publisher
- By Ralph Warner. Published by Nolo Press. 2016. 16th edition.
A plain English guide on small claims court with a focus on the pro se litigant. This legal primer gives practical advice on drafting demand letters, filing and serving papers, preparing your presentation and evidence, lining up witnesses, and calculating and collecting damages.
- By Steven Childress. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 2010. 4th edition.
From the preface, "The point of a standard of review is to help the judges focus on the heart of the appeal - the merits, policies, and issues - in a way that gives them a foothold to address that substance." Unlike other appellate practice resources that focus on the procedural aspects of appellate review, Federal Standards of Review attempts to shine light on the "essential language of appeals" used by the courts. Civil, Criminal, and Administrative cases are all discussed with a focus on the relationship between trial court findings and appellate court conclusions.
- By Charlie Mann. Published by Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc. 2009.
"With this comprehensive guide, you will get a complete run-through of everything you need to know before you submit your case to court. The book includes a checklist of things you need to look for before filing a claim, information on how the courts work, and all of the legal jargon — defined — that will be thrown during the process." - from the publisher
- By Kimberlee Kovach. Published by Thomson West. 2014. 3rd edition.
"This title provides a comprehensive, yet concise examination of the primary aspects of mediation practice. In doing so, the book considers the legal, philosophical, policy and practical issues surrounding mediation use. Matters include issues such as levels of participation in mediation, enforceability of mediated agreements, regulation of practice including ethical issues, and a survey of the specialized applications of mediation. The extent and limits of confidentiality are examined along with consideration of the Uniform Mediation Act. Each chapter also contains an extensive bibliography and listing of the leading cases in each subject area." - from the publisher
- By James Moore. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 1997. 3rd edition.
A multi-volume set providing thorough coverage of Federal practice and procedure. Provides full text of the Federal rules with extensive commentary and analysis along with pertinent case information. Considered by LexisNexis Matthew Bender to be its "flagship treatise on federal civil, criminal, appellate, and admiralty procedure."
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Due to publisher restrictions, this title can only be checked out from home by government employees. Members of the public must visit the library in person to view this title electronically or in print. We apologize for the inconvenience.
- By James Moore. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 1964.
A condensed desk set of Bender's Federal Practice Forms and companion piece to Moore's Federal Practice.
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- By R. Dessem. Published by Thomson West. 2012. 5th Edition.
"This title focuses on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, including recent amendments to the Rules concerning electronic discovery, expert witnesses, and summary judgment. State counterparts to these rules have been adopted in a majority of jurisdictions, and the pretrial skills considered are essential in both state and federal practice. Coverage also includes client interviewing, the attorney-client relationship, pretrial planning and investigation, pleadings, discovery, pretrial motion practice, and settlement." - from the publisher
- By Kevin M. Clermont. Published by Thomson West. 2015. 4th ed.
This concise hornbook focuses on the material covered in a typical law school course on civil procedure, tied to no one casebook
- By Russell Weaver; Elaine W. Shoben; Michael B. Kelly. Published by Thomson West. 2011. 2nd ed.
This student-friendly text is designed to facilitate learning and comprehension.
- By William Tabb. Published by Thomson West. 2005. 3rd edition.
"This Nutshell explains what remedies are and their history. It examines the basic rules for legal and equitable remedies, injunctions, damages, restitution, rescission, reformation, and specific performance. It explains how remedies are used for injuries to realty, personal property and money, personal interests, misrepresentation, mistake, duress, and breach of contract. It also addresses restitution for unenforceable contracts." - from the publisher
- By Paul Bergman. Published by Nolo Press. 2007. 6th edition.
Runs through the civil procedure process from start to finish in plain English language. Provides helpful tips on preparing and staying organized through out. Offers dedicated chapters on Divorce and Bankruptcy and provides advice for when it is not in your best interest to go it alone.
- By Paul Bergman, Sara Berman-Barrett, Mike Twohy. Published by Nolo Press. 2016. 9th ed.
This title explains the pre-trial and trial process with clear instructions on how to file court papers, present an opening statement, handle depositions, and more.
- By Michael G. Collins. Published by Thomson West. 2011. 4th ed.
"Coverage includes the statute's modern revival in Monroe v. Pape, municipal liability, individual officer and sovereign immunity, excessive force litigation, choice of law, state and federal court jurisdiction, remedies, and attorney's fees. There are also chapters on federal officer liability and the relationship between habeas corpus and section 1983. This product is a helpful tool for practitioners, students, judges and their clerks, or anyone wishing to get up to speed on this complex, ever-changing topic." - from the publisher
- By Kern Alexander; M. David Alexander. Published by Thomson West. 2015. 5th ed.
"This text captures the key points of the precedents governing student rights and responsibilities relating to attendance, speech, expression, religion, discipline, grades, tests, drugs, search and seizure, the emerging law of social media, i.e., cyberbullying, and the range of procedural due process interests. The book further addresses the range of constitutional rights and protections for teachers as well as employment terms and conditions, including contracts, tenure and potential liabilities." - from the publisher
- By John W Cooley. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2006. 2nd edition.
"Regarded as a practical and usable guide for the classroom and the conference room, The Mediator's Handbook, Second Edition, systematically covers the topic of mediation with unrivaled diligence and clarity at an advanced level but in a usable format." - from the publisher