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The Texas Paralegal, 1st Edition

  • William P. Statsky
  • Lynn Crossett
  • ISBN-10: 1418012963
  • ISBN-13: 9781418012960
  • 432 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2010 Published
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Overview

About the Product

A ground-breaking resource for paralegal instructors, The Texas Paralegal has made teaching critical state-specific material easier, and more organized, than ever. The book's unique approach works by providing students with the information, documents, and resources they need to understand the basic workings of Texas law, thereby eliminating the tedious instructor task of gathering this material piecemeal. Instead, the legwork is done for you – the vital content is compiled into a single, handy resource that presents it in a practical, logical, and useful way. Coverage includes an overview of the paralegal profession, ethics, the legal system, research, and even a comprehensive legal dictionary - all as they pertain to Texas State laws and statutes. Packed with the most relevant concepts, and packaged in a user-friendly format, students will find this an invaluable reference throughout their academic and professional careers. Instructors will find that they can spend less time preparing to teach and more time teaching.

Features

  • Provides the information, documents, and resources needed to understand the basics of Texas law – in a handy, all-in-one resource, thereby eliminating the task of gathering this material piecemeal.

  • Provides concrete tools that can be applied to real-world situations, in the form of valuable sample documents, including a petition action, civil complaint, legal memorandum, appellate brief, and criminal complaint.

  • Fosters a richer understanding of the material with a compilation of internet resources that will supplement the knowledge gained in their day-to-day classes.

About the Author

William P. Statsky

William Statsky has been is a member of the ethics committee and the advisory council for the National Federation of Paralegal Associations and a member of the Certifying Board of the National Association of Legal Assistants. He has taught at Columbia Law School, UCLA School of Law, Antioch School of Law and Thomas Edison State College and is the author of numerous groundbreaking legal textbooks for paralegals. He was a member of the transition team for then-President-Elect Ronald Reagan. Mr. Statsky holds a master of law degree (LL.M.) in urban affairs as well as a juris doctorate degree (J.D.).

Lynn Crossett

Lynn Crossett is the Director of the Legal Studies Program and Assistant Professor of Political Science at Texas State University in San Marcos. He serves on the State Bar of Texas Paralegal Committee and is a graduate of the University of Texas and Texas Tech University School of Law.

Table of Contents

PART 1: PARALEGAL PROFESSION.
1. Overview of Texas Paralegals.
2. Paralegal Associations and Related Groups in Texas.
3. Sources of CLE for Paralegals.
Appendix A: Paralegals in Court Opinions.
Appendix B. Becoming an Attorney in Texas.
PART 2: PARALEGAL EMPLOYMENT.
1. Resources for Finding Employment in Texas.
2. Sample Paralegal Job Descriptions in State Government.
3. Sample Paralegal Job Description in a Federal Agency Located in Texas.
4. Pro Bono Opportunities for Paralegals.
5. Becoming a Notary Public.
6. An Employee or an Independent Contractor?.
7. Overtime Pay under Federal Law and State Law.
8. Laid-Off Paralegals and Unemployment Compensation.
9. Injured Paralegals and Workers' Compensation.
Appendix A: Deductibility of the Cost of Paralegal Education or Training.
PART 3: ETHICS, PARALEGALS, AND ATTORNEYS.
1. Defining the Practice of Law and the Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL) in Texas.
2. Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct (DRPC).
3. Ethical Opinions on Paralegals and other Nonattorneys.
4. Texas Bar Associations (including Paralegal Membership Categories).
Appendix A: Timeline: Disciplinary Proceedings against an Attorney.
PART 4: LEGAL SYSTEM.
1. Introduction to the State Government of Texas.
2. State Courts in Texas.
3. Federal Courts in Texas.
4. State Legislation: How a Bill Becomes a Texas Statute.
5. State Agencies, Offices, and Boards.
6. Counties and Cities: Selected Useful Law-Related Sites.
PART 5: LEGAL RESEARCH AND RECORDS RESEARCH.
1. Texas State Legal Research.
2. Citation Examples: Some Comparisons.
3. Abbreviations in Citations: Some Comparisons.
4. Abbreviations for Notetaking.
5. Research Starters for 74 Major Texas Topics.
6. Self-Help Resources.
7. Public Records Research.
8. Finding Law Libraries in Your Area.
9. Hotline Resources and Complaint Directories.
PART 6: PROCEDURE: SOME BASICS.
1. Timeline: A Civil Case in the Texas State Courts.
2. Venue, Process, Pleadings, and Discovery: 45 Rules Even Non-Litigation Paralegals Should Know.
3. State and Federal Civil Litigation in Texas: Some Comparisons.
4. Timeline: A Criminal Case in the Texas State Courts.
PART 7: SAMPLE DOCUMENTS.
1. Sample Petition Action Filed in a Texas State Court.
2. Sample Civil Complaint Filed in a Federal District Court in Texas.
3. Sample Legal Memorandum Applying Texas Law.
4. Sample Appellate Brief Filed in the Texas Court of Appeals.
5. Sample Criminal Complaint Filed in a Texas State Court.
Part 8: Comprehensive Legal Dictionary.