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Twenty-First Century Procedure, Second Edition

Christopher B. Mueller


  • ISBN: 9781454876649

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    Twenty-First Century Procedure, 2E presents the major themes of U.S. civil litigation – the adversary system, our dedication to the use of juries in civil cases, our American brand of federalism and its impact on the judicial system and litigation generally, and the relatively recent development of managerial judging – for an introductory course on civil procedure. With its contemporary perspective, Twenty-First Century Procedure includes discussion of modern problems, such as E-discovery and the requirement of careful scrutiny during the certification stage of class suits. The skillful pedagogy evident throughout the book is designed to provide context for the understanding of doctrines and issues, and to stimulate classroom discussion. Expository text introduces students to the issues, followed by carefully edited cases that resolve some of the more important isssues, practical Problems, and Notes and Questions that aid the process of analysis. Pictures and sidebars provide additional context and pique student interest. A statutory supplement is published annually.

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    Page Count 1456
    Published 02/01/2017
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    Detailed Table of Contents (PDF Download)

    Summary of Contents

    Special Notice

    1. Procedure and the System
    2. Personal Jurisdiction: The Geographical Reach of Judicial Authority
    3. Subject Matter Jurisdiction (The Competence of Courts)
    4. The Right Court: Venue and Transfer
    5. Modern Federalism: Erie, Abstention, and Related Doctrines
    6. Stating Claims and Defenses: The Art of Pleading
    7. Shaping the Suit: Joinder of Claims and Parties
    8. Pretrial Management and Discovery
    9. Summary Judgment, and a Look at Burdens
    10. Trial and After: Entitlement to a Jury; Impaneling Juries; Post-Trial Challenges
    11. Appellate Review
    12. Binding Effect of Judgments

    Table of Cases
    Table of Authorities

  • Author Information

    Christopher B. Mueller

    Christopher Mueller is the Henry S. Lindsley Professor of Procedure and Advocacy at the University of Colorado School of Law. Prior to joining the faculty of CU Law School, Christopher Mueller was a professor of law at the Universities of Illinois and Wyoming. His scholarship focuses on evidence law, particularly the rules governing hearsay and impeachment. His interest in hearsay stems from his interest in, as he says, ''the tension between the tendency of lawyers to interpret language grammatically and structurally and the human tendency to speak by indirection, analogy, idiom, and image.'' He notes that ''hearsay doctrine is too often interpreted literally, and too often interpreted so as to overlook the senses in which language has operative effect.'' Evidence Under the Rules is in use in more than 100 law schools today.

    Professor Mueller and Professor Kirkpatrick have also written a five-volume treatise, Federal Evidence, that is updated annually and cited approximately twice a week by appellate courts across the country. They have also completed Modern Evidence, a one-volume source for judges and lawyers, and the student hornbook entitled Evidence, which sells thousands of copies a year and affects the education in evidence of many students across the country. Major media outlets and newspapers across the country have called on Professor Mueller's expertise during the coverage of important national trials. For example, in connection with the Oklahoma City bombing trial of Timothy McVeigh, Proessor Mueller appeared several times on The Jim Lehrer Newshour, and was frequently interviewed on National Public Radio. Professor Mueller is currently working on a civil procedure coursebook, and on updating the treatises on federal evidence. In the future, he intends to develop his expertise in complex litigation, and to focus on developments in federal jurisdiction, the reform of federal rules, and developments in privilege law.

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