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CAREER ENHANCEMENT 1.800.973.1177 Civil Litigation for Paralegals [by Elizabeth Richardson and Milton Regan Jr.] Whether litigation is your specialty or you are simply looking for clariﬁcation on civil issues, Civil Litigation for Paralegals by Elizabeth Richardson and Milton Regan (West Publishing) is a great addition to your reference library. This volume is a comprehensive overview of the litigation process, with sample court documents, detailed legal explanations, and on-the-job advice for paralegals. The first three chapters deal with the basics: plaintiff through a negligence suit arising these sections are quite helpful because the American court system, jurisdictional from defects in an electric blanket, while they address ethical considerations with issues, and evidence. Ms. Richardson and the second entails a wrongful-termination paralegals in mind. For example, the authors Mr. Regan do a good job of describing the action. The authors do a great job of this in talk about the ramifications of paralegals issues, running down legal terms in detail. Chapters 4 through 10, where the first case giving legal advice, the importance of timely There is also a useful glossary at the end of is examined through almost every sample research by paralegals, and ways paralegals the volume. It seems, though, that a basic document, filing, and motion. The second may help attorneys avoid conflicts of interest. knowledge of civil litigation is helpful in un- case, on the other hand, receives very little Chapters conclude with great review ques- derstanding some elements of the book. For attention throughout the book-its inclusion is tions and practical application exercises, but example, various federal and state opinions undermined by its lack of presence, making there do not appear to be any “right” answers are showcased in each chapter, driving home the reader wonder why it was used in the listed in the book. the chapter’s message with a case in point. first place. Another small glitch? The first While the cases are helpful in illustrating the three chapters could have greatly benefited Overall, Civil Litigation for Paralegals text, it seems assumed that the book’s read- from including the first case in more detail, proved to be a great reference tool, with ers will know how to read an actual opinion. which the authors do not do enough. For ex- clear examples of civil litigation documents, ample, the authors’ explanation of personal pleadings, and filings. It is a straightforward, The following chapters follow a hands-on jurisdiction would be made even stronger helpful, and fairly easy read about this often approach, describing the litigation process by applying this remote concept to an actual dense and tough subject. step by step, illustrated by sample letters, case and explaining foreign legal terms filings, and other documents. Chapter 4 through the suit. Particularly for paralegals includes great practical tips for interviewing who have to apply legal issues to real-fact witnesses, organizing informal investigation, patterns, the inclusion of the same case ear- and analyzing claims and remedies. Chapter ier in the book would have been helpful. 8 describes the discovery process, focus- ing on the paralegal’s role in particular. It Civil Litigation for Paralegals is particu- explains such tasks as organizing docu- larly strong in its explanation of law office m ents, making deposition arrangements, and procedures, such as filing, docketing, client preparing deposition digests. Chapter 9 is communications, and billing. Ms. Richardson quite useful for paralegals who perform trial and Mr. Regan rightfully describe the attor- preparation tasks, with tips for gathering ney-paralegal team as an invaluable tool in documents, organizing the file for trial, and any law office. However, the book’s ongo- preparing demonstrative evidence. Chapter ing role-playing dialogue between fictional 10 is a great description of settlements and attorneys and paralegals is often skewed: alternative dispute resolution. it depicts attorneys as perpetually accom- modating, patient, helpful and polite towards Chapter by chapter, the book follows two their paralegals. If only that were always true sample cases through the litigation process, in the “real” legal world! which is meant to illustrate how the process works in real life. The first case follows a Each chapter incorporates an “Ethics Block;” PAGE 1
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