Monday, January 16, 2012

Civil Procedure by Catherine Ross Dunham & Don C. Peters and the Skills & Values Series

Civil Procedure by Catherine Ross Dunham & Don C. Peters is one of the books in the LexisNexis Skills & Values Series, which is mainly intended to supplement traditional casebooks with practical exercises. The book is divided into chapters covering the major topics of civil procedure from personal jurisdiction to joinder. Each chapter consists of a succinct discussion of that chapter’s topic and a series of problem-solving and/or pleading-drafting exercises on that topic. There are several types of problems, and the problems require students to assume different roles in the litigation. There are also on-line materials to supplement the book, including podcasts.

This book can help alleviate some of the criticisms that have been made about legal education. A contracts professor does not have to change her casebook in order to add a skills element to the course; she can just add this book to the course. This book would also be better for students to use as a course supplement than the traditional supplements.

As mentioned above, this book is one of the recent Skills & Values Series. Other books in the series are on contracts, federal income taxation, legal negotiation, discovery practice, evidence, and trusts and estates. Other subjects are coming soon.  You can obtain more info here.

(Scott Fruehwald)

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