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About the Book

Civil Procedure: Doctrine, Practice, and Context

Front Cover - Civil Procedure: Doctrine, Practice, and Context

Fifth Edition 


Stephen N. Subrin 
Northeastern University 

Martha L. Minow
Harvard University 

Mark S. Brodin 
Boston College 

Thomas O. Main 
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Alexandra Lahav 
University of Connecticut 

2017. ISBN: 978-1-4548-6837-8. 

About the Book

The fifth edition of Civil Procedure: Doctrine, Practice, and Context showcases rules and doctrine of civil procedure at work in the actual practice of law. The distinguished authorship by experienced educator-scholars ensures a breadth and depth of expertise that is apparent throughout the text.  The casebook’s range of well-written explanations and materials, and straightforward practice opportunities, support its scholarship. Cases and notes have been updated throughout the fifth edition through the early part of 2016.  Practice exercises have also been added to allow students to further integrate doctrine, practice, and context. Civil Procedure: Doctrine, Practice, and Context consistently emphasizes the skills and values of lawyering as it offers a consideration of social responsibility.  It includes a Case File with two real-world cases that are accessible to students and an invaluable teaching tool for civil procedure professors.  Pleadings, memoranda, transcripts, exhibits, motions, and more – all taken from real cases – appear in the Appendix.  At approximately 1,300 pages, it is designed for civil procedure courses of any length, and a revised detailed Teacher’s Manual is geared to be useful for both new and experienced instructors.

The Fifth Edition has been updated throughout.

Hallmark features of Civil Procedure: Doctrine, Practice, and Context:
• Distinguished authorship, respected and experienced educator-scholars
• Exceptionally varied, provocative materials  provide both historical and empirical context
• Well-written, well-positioned introductions and explanations
• Effective and supportive comments and questions
• More than 40 thoughtful practice exercises
• Practice exam questions are challenging but not intimidating
• Two sample case files integrated throughout
of transcripts, memoranda, exhibits, motions, and more in the Appendix
• Consistently emphasizes lawyering skills and values as well as social responsibility
• Designed for civil procedure courses of any length
• Detailed Teacher’s Manual

Thoroughly updated, the revised Fifth Edition presents:
• All cases and notes have been updated so that the book is current through the early part of 2016. 
• Continued use of two real-world cases throughout the text. Students enjoy the Case Files because the familiar characters and fact patterns streamline the process of learning new doctrines, of recognizing pleadings and motions, and of appreciating strategic options. 
• The Cleveland firefighters case has been replaced with a new Case File that involves the challenge to the New York City Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy. This new case will be more accessible for students and will be a better teaching tool for civil procedure professors.
• Several practice exercises to the text have been added. For students who learn-by-doing, these practice exercises allow students to integrate doctrine, practice, and context. The practice exercises can be covered in class or, instead, recommended as content for study groups.
• Topics that are especially hard to teach (like discovery) and topics that too many professors feel that they do not have the luxury of time to teach (like procedural values, remedies, history, and complex litigation) have been rewritten to respond to our adopters’ criticisms and requests.