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9780735529069

Introduction to Paralegal Studies : A Critical Thinking Approach

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    9780735529069

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    073552906X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-11-01
  • Publisher: Aspen Pub

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This concise introduction to law for paralegals is clearly the work of two highly experienced teachers, writers, and legal professionals. One of the most successful author teams in the field, Currier and Eimermann have a special gift for blending theory and practice- especially in their hypothetical cases, which illustrate key principles, while incorporating the sort of details paralegals deal with on the job. The opening chapters of this edition have been reorganized, So students now explore career options earlier in the text, followed by streamlined orientation on the general structure and principles of law. This best-selling author team sharpens students' analytical skills with: an overview of the legal system And The paralegal's role, presented in a clearly organized four-part structure, explaining the Paralegal Profession, The American Legal System, Legal Analysis and Research, and Paralegal Skills and Responsibilities a critical thinking framework that encourages students to develop their analytical skills through examples, hypothetical cases, and reasoning exercises, As they learn the basics of legal research, writing, and interviewing, and investigation superior writing and hypothetical cases with a proven blend of coverage and depth pedagogy designed for reinforcing critical thinking appendix guides to writing and legal citation - now updated to include in the ALWD Citation Manual This Edition Includes: An early chapter on Paralegals And The Work World' to motivate students right from the start, encouraging them to progress through the text with a clear idea of how legal issues relate to their career choices online and electronic coverage updated throughout the entire text, with text-related websites throughout -- plus, explanations of online and computer techniques for research, investigation, and case management

Author Biography

Thomas E. Eimermann is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Legal Studies Program at Illinois State University. Katherine A. Currier is the chair of the Department of Paralegal and Legal Studies at Elms College.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
xxxi
Preface xxxv
Acknowledgments xxxix
PART 1 Paralegals and the American Legal System
1(84)
Introduction to the Study of Law and the Paralegal Profession
3(8)
Introduction
3(1)
The Distressed Grandfather
4(1)
The Harassed Student
4(1)
The Cases of the Distressed Grandfather and Harassed Student
4(1)
Practice Tip
5(1)
Critical Thinking Skills
5(3)
The Initial Client Interview and Fact Gathering
6(1)
Legal Research: Identifying the Appropriate Legal Rules
6(1)
NetNote
6(1)
Applying the Legal Rules to the Facts
7(1)
Discussion Questions
8(1)
Reporting the Results
8(1)
Taking Actions on Behalf of the Client
8(3)
Ethics Alert
9(1)
Legal Reasoning Exercise
9(1)
Summary
9(1)
Review Questions
10(1)
Paralegals and the Legal System
11(26)
Introduction
11(1)
The Definition of Paralegal
12(5)
Traditional Paralegals and Legal Assistants
12(3)
Discussion Questions
15(1)
Freelance Paralegals
15(1)
Paralegal Profile
15(1)
Legal Technicians, Lay Advocates, and Typing Services
16(1)
Independent Paralegals
17(1)
Law Clerks and Document Clerks
17(1)
Discussion Questions
17(1)
Paralegal Education
17(3)
Basic Qualifications
18(1)
Formal Paralegal Education
19(1)
The ABA Approval Process
19(1)
American Association for Paralegal Education
19(1)
Paralegal Professional Associations
20(1)
Practice Tip
20(1)
Registration, Certification, and Licensure
21(5)
Registration
21(1)
Certification
21(1)
Ethics Alert
22(1)
Licensing: Paralegals Who Work Under the Supervision of an Attorney
23(1)
Licensing: Legal Technicians and Paralegals Who Do Not Work Under the Supervision of an Attorney
24(1)
Indirect Regulation through Approval of Billing for Paralegal Time
25(1)
Conclusion
25(1)
Discussion Questions
26(1)
What Paralegals Do
26(2)
Communications with Clients
26(1)
Ethics Alert
27(1)
Research
27(1)
Practice Tip
27(1)
Drafting
28(1)
Case Management
28(1)
Where Paralegals Work and Law Office Personnel
28(9)
The Law Office Environment
28(1)
Types of Private Practice Arrangements
28(1)
Traditional partnership
29(1)
Professional corporation (PC)
29(1)
Limited liability partnership (LLP)
30(1)
Sole proprietorship
30(1)
Office-sharing arrangements
30(1)
Law Office Personnel
30(1)
Law clerks, investigators, and librarians
31(1)
Clerical support
31(1)
Managers and administrators
31(1)
Office Procedures Manual
31(1)
Areas of Specialization
32(1)
Other Forms of Practice
32(1)
Legal Department of a Business
32(1)
Legal Department in Government Agencies
33(1)
Paralegal Profiles
33(1)
Other Variations
33(1)
Discussion Questions
34(1)
Summary
34(1)
Review Questions
35(1)
Netnote
35(2)
Functions and Sources of Law
37(12)
Introduction
37(1)
Defining Law
37(1)
The Pregnant Waitress
38(1)
Functions of Law
38(1)
Discussion Questions
39(1)
Sources of Law
39(10)
Constitutional Law
39(2)
NetNote
41(1)
Statutory Law
41(1)
Practice Tip
41(2)
Administrative Law
43(1)
Practice Tip
43(1)
Judicial Interpretation and the Common Law
44(2)
Discussion Questions
46(1)
Summary
47(1)
Review Questions
48(1)
Classification of the Law
49(18)
Introduction
49(1)
Federal versus State Law
50(5)
Federal Law
51(3)
State Law
54(1)
Discussion Questions
55(1)
Criminal Law versus Civil Law
55(9)
Comparison of Criminal and Civil Law
55(1)
Type of Harm
55(1)
Names of the Parties and the ``Prosecutor'' of the Claim
56(1)
Standard of Proof
56(1)
Judgment
57(1)
Sanctions/Remedies
57(1)
Practice Tip
57(1)
Sources of Law
58(1)
Criminal Law
58(1)
Types of Crimes
58(1)
Establishing a Prima Facie Case
59(1)
Discussion Questions
59(1)
Defenses
60(1)
Civil Law
60(1)
Establishing a Prima Facie Case
60(1)
Defenses
61(1)
Damages
61(1)
Areas of Civil Law
61(1)
Contracts
62(1)
Property
62(1)
Torts
62(1)
Mr. Whipple
63(1)
Ethics Alert
63(1)
Discussion Questions
64(1)
Substantive versus Procedural Law
64(3)
Summary
65(1)
Review Questions
65(2)
Structure of the Court System
67(18)
Introduction
67(1)
Trial versus Appellate Courts
67(5)
Alibi to a Murder
69(2)
Discussion Questions
71(1)
Federal and State Court Systems
72(10)
The Federal System
72(1)
The Primary Federal Courts
73(2)
NetNote
75(2)
Discussion Questions
77(1)
Other Federal Courts
77(1)
State Court Systems
78(1)
Practice Tip
79(2)
Exclusive and Concurrent Jurisdiction
81(1)
Discussion Question
82(1)
Court Personnel
82(3)
Practice Tip
83(1)
Summary
83(1)
Review Questions
84(1)
PART 2 Substance of the Law
85(180)
Civil Law
87(52)
Introduction
87(1)
Torts
88(19)
Intentional Torts
89(1)
Assault and Battery
89(1)
False Imprisonment
90(1)
Discussion Question
91(1)
Defamation
91(1)
Discussion Question
92(1)
Ethics Alert
92(1)
Invasion of Privacy
92(1)
Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress
93(1)
Discussion Question
93(1)
Harm to a Person's Property
93(1)
Other Intentional Torts
93(2)
Practice Tip
95(1)
Legal Reasoning Exercise
95(1)
Negligence
95(1)
Practice Tip
95(1)
The Elements of Negligence
95(1)
Duty
95(1)
Discussion Questions
96(1)
Breach
96(1)
Ethics Alert
97(1)
Discussion Questions
97(1)
Cause
97(1)
Legal Reasoning Exercise
98(1)
Harm
99(1)
NetNote
99(1)
Defenses to Negligence
99(1)
Contributory negligence
100(1)
Assumption of the risk
100(1)
Legal Reasoning Exercise
101(1)
Comparative negligence
101(1)
Practice Tip
102(1)
Immunities
102(1)
Strict Liability
103(1)
Inherently Dangerous Activities
104(1)
NetNote
104(1)
Products Liability
104(1)
Discussion Questions
105(1)
Remedies and the Choice of Whom to Sue
106(1)
Practice Tip
106(1)
Ethics Alert
106(1)
Discussion Question
107(1)
Contracts
107(13)
Practice Tip
107(1)
NetNote
107(1)
Ethics Alert
108(1)
Elements of a Contract
108(1)
Offer
108(2)
Legal Reasoning Exercise
110(1)
Acceptance
111(1)
Consideration
111(1)
Defenses in Contract Cases
112(1)
Lack of Contractual Capacity
112(1)
Discussion Question
112(1)
Lack of Genuineness of Assent
113(1)
Illegal Contracts and Those That Violate Public Policy
114(1)
Warranties
114(1)
Practice Tip
115(1)
Discussion Question
116(1)
Lack of Proper Format---Writing
116(1)
Ethics Alert
116(1)
Third-Party Rights
117(2)
Remedies for Breach of Contract
119(1)
Property
120(6)
Real Property and Personal Property
120(1)
Ownership of Real Property
121(1)
Discussion Questions
122(1)
Rental of Real Property
122(1)
Practice Tip
123(1)
Transfer of Real Property
123(1)
Practice Tip
124(1)
Ethics Alert
124(1)
Transfer of Personal Property
125(1)
Discussion Questions
126(1)
Applied Specialty Areas of Civil Law
126(13)
Business Organizations
126(1)
NetNote
127(2)
Commercial Transactions and Bankruptcy
129(1)
Employment Law
129(1)
Intellectual Property
130(1)
Real Estate
130(1)
Practice Tip
130(1)
Estate Planning and Probate
130(1)
Practice Tip
131(1)
Practice Tip
131(1)
Ethics Alert
132(1)
Practice Tip
132(1)
NetNote
132(1)
Personal Injury and Products Liability
132(1)
NetNote
133(1)
Family Law
133(1)
NetNote
133(1)
Practice Tip
134(1)
Administrative Law
134(1)
Summary
134(1)
Review Questions
135(4)
Civil Litigation and Its Alternatives
139(48)
Introduction
139(1)
Practice Tip
140(1)
Civil Procedure
140(31)
The Pretrial Stage
140(2)
NetNote
142(1)
Preliminary Matters
142(1)
Legal grounds for the suit
142(1)
Practice Tip
143(1)
Discussion Questions
143(1)
Parties to the suit
143(1)
Selection of the court
144(2)
Statutes of limitations
146(1)
Exhaustion of administrative remedies
146(1)
Practice Tip
146(1)
Discussion Questions
146(1)
Pleadings
147(1)
The complaint
147(2)
Discussion Question
149(1)
The summons
149(1)
Ethics Alert
149(1)
Practice Tip
149(2)
The answer
151(3)
Pretrial Motions
154(3)
Discovery
157(1)
Interrogatories
157(1)
Practice Tip
157(1)
Depositions
158(1)
Practice Tip
159(1)
Requests for admissions
159(1)
Requests for documents and physical examinations
159(1)
Enforcing discovery rights
159(1)
Discussion Questions
160(1)
Settlement or Pretrial Conference
160(1)
Practice Tip
160(1)
The Trial
160(1)
The Right to a Jury Trial
160(1)
Ethics Alert
161(1)
Jury Selection
161(1)
Practice Tip
162(1)
Discussion Questions
163(1)
Opening Statements
163(1)
Presentation of Evidence
164(1)
Practice Tip
164(1)
NetNote
165(1)
Discussion Questions
166(1)
Closing Arguments
166(1)
Jury Instructions
166(1)
Jury Deliberation, Verdict, and Judgment
166(1)
Post-Trial Motions
167(1)
The Appeal
167(1)
The Timing of the Appeal
168(1)
The Scope of the Review
168(1)
Filing the Appeal
169(1)
Oral Arguments
169(1)
The Decision and Its Publication
170(1)
Further Appeals
170(1)
Administrative Procedure
171(7)
Prehearing Procedures
172(1)
Commencing the Action
173(1)
Notice of Alleged Violations
173(1)
Investigation
173(1)
Initial Determination
174(1)
Notice of Hearing
174(1)
Hearings
175(1)
The Participants
175(1)
Hearing Procedures
176(1)
The Form of the Decision
176(1)
Appeals
177(1)
NetNote
177(1)
Alternative Dispute Resolution
178(9)
NetNote
178(1)
Arbitration
179(1)
Practice Tip
179(1)
Mediation
179(1)
Cases Most Suitable for Mediation
180(1)
Mediation Formats and Styles
180(2)
Mandatory Mediation Programs
182(1)
Mediation Training
182(1)
Summary Jury Trials
183(1)
Role of Paralegal in ADR
183(1)
Evaluation of ADR Techniques
183(1)
Ethics Alert
183(1)
Discussion Questions
184(1)
Summary
184(1)
Review Questions
185(2)
Criminal Law and Procedure
187(46)
Introduction
187(1)
NetNote
188(1)
Criminal Law
188(14)
Ethics Alert
188(1)
Practice Tip
188(1)
Classification of Crime
188(2)
Practice Tip
190(1)
NetNote
191(1)
Elements of a Crime
191(2)
Legal Reasoning Exercise
193(1)
Parties to the Crime
194(1)
Defenses
194(1)
Practice Tip
195(1)
Practice Tip
195(2)
Practice Tip
197(2)
Practice Tip
199(1)
Legal Reasoning Exercise
200(1)
The Practice of Criminal Law
200(1)
Ethics Alert
201(1)
Discussion Questions
201(1)
Practice Tip
202(1)
Criminal Procedure
202(31)
NetNote
202(2)
Investigation of the Crime
204(1)
Stage I: People v. Grant
204(1)
Search and Seizure
204(1)
Stop and frisk
205(1)
Stage II: People v. Grant
205(1)
Arrest
206(1)
Search and seizure of evidence
206(1)
Practice Tip
206(1)
Stage III: People v. Grant
207(1)
Discussion Questions
208(1)
Questioning Suspects
208(2)
Stage IV: People v. Grant
210(3)
Ethics Alert
213(1)
Practice Tip
213(1)
Legal Reasoning Exercise
213(1)
The Court System
214(1)
Formal Charges, Initial Appearances, and Bail
214(1)
Stage V: People v. Grant
215(1)
Preliminary Hearings and Grand Juries
215(1)
Stage VI: People v. Grant
216(1)
Arraignments, the Exclusionary Rule, and Pretrial Motions
217(1)
Stage VII: People v. Grant
217(1)
Ethics Alert
218(1)
Practice Tip
218(1)
Ethics Alert
218(3)
Discussion Question
221(1)
Legal Reasoning Exercise
222(1)
Plea Bargaining
222(1)
Stage VIII: People v. Grant
222(1)
The Right to a Jury Trial
223(1)
Practice Tip
223(1)
Trial Procedures
223(1)
Practice Tips: Preparing for Trial
224(2)
Practice Tip
226(1)
Discussion Question
226(1)
Sentencing
226(3)
Discussion Questions
229(1)
Appeal
230(1)
Summary
230(1)
Review Questions
231(2)
Legal Ethics
233(32)
Introduction
233(2)
Ethics Rules
235(2)
NetNote
236(1)
Legal Reasoning Exercise
237(1)
The Big Three: Confidentiality, Conflict, of Interest, and the Unauthorized Practice of Law
237(21)
Client Confidentiality
237(1)
Practice Tip
238(1)
Discussion Question
239(1)
Practice Tip
239(3)
Conflict of Interest
242(2)
Concurrent Representation/Actual Conflict
244(1)
Concurrent Representation/Potential Conflict
244(1)
Successive Representation
245(1)
Vicarious Representation
246(2)
Practice Tip
248(1)
The Unauthorized Practice of Law
248(2)
Justifications for Restrictions
250(1)
Defining the Practice of Law
251(1)
Prohibited Tasks
252(1)
Courtroom and administrative agency representation
252(1)
Preparation of legal documents
252(2)
Giving legal advice
254(1)
Appropriate Paralegal Tasks
255(1)
Contact with clients and people outside the office
255(1)
Participation in legal proceedings
255(1)
Drafting legal documents
255(1)
Nature of the Supervision
256(1)
NetNote
257(1)
Discussion Question
258(1)
Practice Tip
258(1)
Money Matters
258(2)
Clients Funds
259(1)
Charging Clients for Paralegal Time
259(1)
Fee-Splitting
260(1)
Avoiding Solicitation
260(1)
Overzealous Representation
260(1)
Talking to the Opposing Party or Jurors
260(1)
Avoiding Deception
261(1)
Enforcement
261(1)
Tort Law of Negligence
262(3)
Discussion Questions
262(1)
Legal Reasoning Exercise
263(1)
Summary
263(1)
Review Questions
263(2)
PART 3 Legal Analysis and Research
265(174)
Finding and Interpreting Statutory Law
267(32)
Introduction
267(1)
Locating the Appropriate Statute
268(2)
Practice Tip
269(1)
NetNote
270(1)
The Format of Statutes
270(2)
Ambiguity in Statutes
272(1)
Steps to Statutory Interpretation
273(1)
The Four Basic Steps to Statutory Interpretation
273(13)
Get the Facts
273(1)
The Clearance Sale
274(1)
Locate a Relevant Statute
274(1)
NetNote
274(1)
Analyze the Statute
275(1)
Divide the Statute into Its Elements
275(1)
Determine the Issues and Develop Arguments for Each Side
275(1)
Think creatively
276(1)
Legal Reasoning Exercise
277(1)
Methods for finding legislative intent
277(3)
Legal Reasoning Exercises
280(2)
Practice Tip
282(3)
Conclude
285(1)
The Case of the Unhappy Customer
286(3)
The Unhappy Customer
286(2)
Legal Reasoning Exercises
288(1)
Written Analysis---The Use of IRAC
289(6)
The Book Battery
290(1)
Issue
291(1)
Rule
291(1)
Analysis
291(1)
Conclusion
292(1)
Legal Reasoning Exercises
293(2)
Locating and Interpreting Administrative Regulations
295(1)
Locating and Interpreting Constitutions
296(3)
Summary
297(1)
Review Questions
298(1)
Finding and Interpreting Court Opinions
299(56)
Introduction
299(1)
Types of Court Opinions
300(4)
Locating Court Opinions
304(3)
NetNote
306(1)
The Elements of a Court Opinion
307(3)
Preliminary Material and West Editorial Features
307(1)
Facts of the Case
307(1)
Law Analyzed
308(1)
Issues Raised
309(1)
Decisions Reached
309(1)
The Reasoning
309(1)
Concurring and Dissenting Opinions
310(1)
Case Briefing
310(40)
An Overview of Case Briefing
310(1)
Format for a Case Brief
311(1)
Jim Jones v. Sam Smith
311(1)
Case Citation
311(1)
Facts
312(1)
Rule
313(1)
Issue
313(1)
Holding
314(2)
Reasoning
316(1)
Criticism
316(1)
Practice Tip
316(1)
Six Hints for Better Brief Writing
317(1)
Practice Tip
317(1)
Read the Case First, Then Brief
317(1)
Develop a Workable Style
317(1)
Write Based on the Needs of Your Reader
318(1)
Cross-reference
318(1)
Paraphrase
319(1)
Use a Dictionary
319(1)
A Sample Case Brief
319(1)
People v. Blair
320(1)
Briefing Cases Involving Statutes
321(1)
Interpreting a Statute
321(5)
Discussion Questions
326(1)
Ruling on a Statute's Constitutionality
326(1)
Texas v. Johnson
327(4)
Discussion Questions
331(1)
Briefing Cases Involving the Common Law
331(1)
Applying Established Law
332(1)
Memorandum
332(1)
Keller v. DeLong
333(2)
Legal Reasoning Exercise
335(1)
Creating New Law
335(1)
Memorandum
335(6)
Discussion Questions
341(1)
Legal Reasoning Exercise
341(9)
Discussion Questions
350(1)
Legal Reasoning Exercise
350(1)
The Power of the Courts to Make New Law
350(5)
Summary
352(1)
Review Questions
352(3)
Finding the Law
355(58)
Introduction
355(1)
Overview of the Researching Process
356(1)
The Five Steps of Legal Research
357(41)
Identify Your Search Terms
357(1)
Practice Tip
357(1)
Practice Tip
358(1)
Go to Secondary Authority (Optional)
358(1)
National Legal Encyclopedias
358(3)
State-Specific Encyclopedias
361(6)
Legal Reasoning Exercise
367(1)
Special Subject Encyclopedias, Treatises, and Restatements
367(1)
Legal Periodicals and Newspapers
367(1)
American Law Reports Annotated
368(1)
Citing Secondary Authority
368(1)
Ending You Secondary Research and Relying on Secondary Sources
368(1)
Practice Tip
369(1)
Go to Primary Authority
369(1)
NetNote
370(1)
Practice Tip
370(1)
A note on Lawbook Publishers
371(1)
Finding Statutes
371(1)
NetNote
371(1)
Starting with the citations
372(1)
Starting with an index
372(1)
Practice Tip
372(1)
Reading an annotated statute
372(4)
Checking the pocket part
376(1)
Finding State Agency Regulations
376(1)
Practice Tip
376(1)
Finding Court Opinions
376(3)
Starting with a citation or name
379(2)
Using a summary following a statute
381(1)
Using a digest
381(3)
Practice Tip
384(3)
Summary of the Steps for Locating Primary Authority
387(1)
Update Your Research
387(1)
Using the Digest Topics and Key Numbers
388(2)
Using Shepard's
390(6)
Using Both Digests and Shepard's
396(2)
Decide When to Stop Researching
398(1)
Research Involving Federal Statutes and Regulations
398(4)
Computer-Assisted Research
402(8)
CD-ROM versus Books
402(1)
Major On-line Providers
402(1)
The Major Commercial Databases: Lexis, Westlaw, and LoisLaw
402(1)
Lexis
403(1)
Westlaw
403(1)
LoisLaw
403(1)
Other Internet-Based Resources
403(1)
NetNote
404(1)
Computer Search Techniques
404(1)
Determining Which Database to Use
404(1)
Searching within a Database
405(1)
Terms and connectors
405(2)
Practice Tip
407(1)
Natural language
407(1)
Variation among services
408(1)
Updating with Lexis, Westlaw, and LoisLaw
408(1)
Beyond Researching Primary Authority
408(1)
NetNote
408(1)
Ethics Alert
409(1)
Legal Reasoning Exercise
409(1)
Practice Tip
409(1)
The Interrelationship of Researching Materials
410(3)
Summary
410(1)
Review Questions
410(3)
Applying the Law
413(26)
Introduction
413(1)
Predicting the Outcome in Your Client's Case
413(5)
Looking for Analogies and Distinctions
413(1)
Determining Whether the Governing Rules of Law and Issues Are the Same in Both Cases
414(1)
Decide Which Facts Are the Key Facts in the Prior Case
414(1)
Decide How Those Facts Are Similar to or Different from the Facts of Your Client's Case
414(1)
Explain Why Those Similarities or Differences Matter
415(1)
Selecting among Precedents
415(1)
Chambers v. Maroney
416(2)
A Note on Logic
418(3)
The Format for a Written Analysis
421(9)
Using IRAC
421(1)
Ethics Alert
421(3)
Legal Reasoning Exercise
424(3)
Practice Tip
427(1)
Synthesizing Cases
427(1)
Legal Reasoning Exercise
428(2)
Internal Office Memoranda
430(9)
Format and Content
431(1)
Heading
431(1)
Question Presented (Issue)
431(1)
Brief Answer
432(1)
Facts
432(1)
Applicable Statutes
432(1)
Discussion
432(1)
Practice Tip
433(1)
Conclusion
433(1)
Sample Law Office Memorandum
434(2)
Summary
436(1)
Review Questions
437(2)
PART 4 Paralegals and the Work World
439(66)
Interviewing
441(26)
Introduction
441(1)
The Distressed Grandfather
442(1)
Communication Skills
442(6)
Communication as a Two-way Street
442(1)
Nonverbal Communication
443(1)
Active Listening
444(1)
The Influence of Ethnic, Racial, and Gender Differences
445(1)
Practice Tip
445(1)
Discussion Questions
446(1)
Establishing a Comfortable Interview Setting
447(1)
Listening as Hard Work
448(1)
The Initial Client Interview
448(11)
Practice Tip
449(1)
Starting the Interview
449(1)
The Distressed Grandfather (continued)
449(1)
Ethics Alert
450(1)
Taking Notes
450(1)
The Distressed Grandfather (continued)
450(1)
Asking Questions
451(1)
The Distressed Grandfather (continued)
452(1)
Practice Tip
452(1)
Discussion Questions
453(1)
Keeping the Interview Going
453(1)
The Distressed Grandfather (continued)
454(1)
Discussion Question
454(1)
Ending the Interview
454(1)
The Distressed Grandfather (continued)
455(1)
After the Interview Is Over
456(1)
Ethics Alert
457(1)
Discussion Question
458(1)
Interviewing Witnesses
459(8)
Types of Witnesses
459(1)
Locating Lay Witnesses
459(1)
Locating Expert Witnesses
460(1)
NetNote
460(1)
Practice Tip
460(1)
Setting Up Appointments
461(1)
Locating of the Interview
461(1)
Practice Tip
461(1)
Interview Format
461(1)
The Distressed Grandfather (continued)
462(1)
Reluctant and Hostile Witnesses
462(1)
Practice Tip
463(1)
Taking Statements from Witnesses
463(1)
Ethics Alert
463(2)
Discussion Question
465(1)
Summary
465(1)
Review Questions
466(1)
Evidence and Investigations
467(22)
Introduction
467(1)
Practice Tip
468(1)
Rules of Evidence
468(10)
NetNote
468(1)
Forms of Evidence
468(1)
The Distressed Grandfather (continued)
469(1)
Discussion Question
470(1)
Types of Evidence
470(1)
Legal Reasoning Exercise
471(1)
Relevance and Materiality
471(1)
Competency
472(1)
Hearsay and It's Exceptions
472(2)
Legal Reasoning Exercise
474(1)
Facts versus Opinions
474(2)
The Distressed Grandfather (continued)
476(1)
Practice Tip
476(1)
Authentication
476(1)
Legal Reasoning Exercise
477(1)
Investigation
478(11)
Planning and Investigation
478(1)
Identifying Needed Facts
479(1)
The Distressed Grandfather (continued)
479(1)
Developing a Coordinated Plan
480(1)
Discussion Question
480(1)
Gathering Physical Evidence
480(1)
Taking Photographs
480(1)
Preparing Diagrams
481(1)
Obtaining Documents and Information from Public Records
481(1)
Practice Tip
482(1)
Medical Records
482(2)
Paralegal Profile
484(1)
Government Documents
485(1)
Practice Tip
485(1)
Practice Tip
486(1)
Trade Association Documents
486(1)
Researching Miscellaneous Empirical Information
486(1)
Library Reference Sources
487(1)
Computer Databases
487(1)
Reporting the Results of the Investigation
487(1)
Summary
487(1)
Review Questions
488(1)
Computers and Case Management
489(16)
Introduction
489(1)
The Distressed Grandfather (continued)
490(1)
Performing a Conflicts Check
490(1)
Setting Up a Client Case File
491(2)
Practice Tip
491(2)
Timekeeping and Billing
493(4)
Alternative Fee Structures
493(1)
Fixed Fees
493(1)
Contingency Fees
493(1)
Hourly Basis
494(1)
Discussion Questions
495(1)
Time and Expense Records
495(2)
Calendaring and Docket Control
497(2)
Practice Tip
497(2)
Computerized Litigation Support Programs
499(6)
The Distressed Grandfather (continued)
499(1)
NetNote
500(1)
Summary
500(1)
Review Questions
501(4)
Appendix A Excerpts from the United States Constitution
505(6)
Appendix B Ethical Codes
511(10)
National Association of Legal Assistants Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility
511(2)
NFPA Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility
513(4)
ABA Model Guidelines for the Utilization of Legal Assistant Services (Guidelines and Selected Comments)
517(4)
Appendix C NetNotes
521(4)
Business Information
521(1)
Citation Rules
521(1)
Commercial On-line Providers
521(1)
Government Sites
522(1)
Information on the Court System
522(1)
Legal Ethics
522(1)
Legal News
522(1)
Legal Search Engines
523(1)
Organizations
523(1)
Primary Material
523(1)
Torts
524(1)
Uniform Laws
524(1)
Glossary 525(24)
Table of Cases 549(2)
Index 551

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