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Twenty-First Century Procedure

Front Cover - Twenty-First Century Procedure

Christopher B. Mueller, University of Colorado

2013.  1,430 pages.  ISBN: 978-1-4548-1952-3.

With Teacher’s Manual.

About the Book

Christopher Mueller is a highly regarded scholar who has taught procedure for 40 years. His stellar, accessible style is familiar to all who use his Evidence texts. Twenty-First Century Procedure presents doctrines and issues within context to help students understand and discuss cases and Problems. Major themes of civil litigation are introduced: the adversary system, use of juries, the federal structure of our judicial system, and the advent of managerial judging. The comprehensive treatment of federalism examines the Erie as well as three other aspects that are critical to understanding – pre-emption, abstention, and anti-suit injunctions. Carefully selected cases include standards, from International Shoe to Twombly to Upjohn, as well as illustrative decisions examining everything from counterclaims to amending pleadings to issue preclusion. Jury entitlement material is trim, while impanelment and other issues are expanded to include post-verdict challenges and material on juror qualifications not covered in other texts. “Down home” state decisions from Vermont, Kansas, New Mexico, and South Dakota show the common issues most often examined in federal decisions. With its contemporary view Twenty-First Century Procedure includes contemporary cases in areas such as class suits, discovery, and pleadings, as well as discussion of e-discovery and modern pretrial practice. The careful pedagogy is designed to enhance classroom discussion. Pictures and sidebars add dimension and pique student interest. The text provides comprehensive coverage for use in 5- or 6-unit courses. However, it is flexible enough to be used in courses with fewer hours, covering the material in four units. A statutory supplement is published annually.

Features of Twenty-First Century Procedure:

  • stellar authorship―a highly regarded scholar who has taught procedure for 40 years
  • accessible style familiar to all who use Mueller’s Evidence texts
  • ample expository text introduces doctrines and issues in context 
  • major themes of civil litigation explored:
  • the adversary system
  • use of juries 
  • federal structure of our judicial system 
  • the advent of managerial judging
  • comprehensive treatment of federalism:
  • Erie doctrine 
  • pre-emption 
  • abstention
  • anti-suit injunctions
  • carefully selected standard and illustrative cases 
  • standards―International Shoe, Twombly, Upjohn 
  • decisions on counterclaims to amending pleadings to issue preclusion
  • jury entitlement material trimmed, impanelment and other issues expanded 
  • covers post-verdict challenges 
  • adds material not in other texts on juror qualifications
  • “Down home” decisions: state decisions from Vermont, Kansas, New Mexico, and South Dakota show common issues most often examined in federal decisions 
  • contemporary view 
  • includes modern cases in areas such as class suits, discovery, and pleadings
  • discusses e-discovery and modern pretrial practice
  • helpful pedagogy
  • designed for classroom discussion 
  • Notes after cases and Problems systematically develop their implications
  • pictures and sidebars add dimension and pique student interest
  • comprehensive coverage for use in 5- or 6-unit courses 
  • flexible enough to be used in courses with fewer hours, covering the material in four units 
  • thorough Teacher’s Manual
  • examines the cases and Problems and 
  • summarizes and responds to questions raised in the Notes 
  • statutory supplement: published annually