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Family Law Case Study CD-ROM: Allen v. Allen, 1st Edition

  • Janis Walter
  • ISBN-10: 1418062340
  • ISBN-13: 9781418062347
  • Mixed Media
  • COPYRIGHT: 2009 Published
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About the Product

Our Case Studies CD-ROM Series was designed to give students an opportunity to "learn by doing." Most textbook case scenarios are usually brief and only give pieces of the whole case. Actual case files with the court typically contain issues too complicated for beginning students, the documents are too lengthy, or they are often incomplete since discovery devises are not filed with the court. Instructors can create their own cases, but it is often a burden because of the time commitment. With this series, the work is done for them. Each CD-ROM contains a case file, a series of documents that would be found in a litigation, criminal law, or family law file. Documents will be included in their entirety instead of as abbreviated versions. The student will therefore be involved in working on an entire case and not just parts of a case. Each case will be simplistic to appeal to the beginning student, but will still be realistic. An extensive list of assignments is provided for the instructor to select from. None of the cases are state or time specific, so they can be used in any jurisdiction at any time. With these CDs, the student will be able to analyze cases while producing legal documents and preparing legal research, just as paralegals do in actual law offices. By completing these exercises, a paralegal can develop the practical skills necessary to function as a valuable and effective member of a legal team. Family Law CD-ROM: Allen v. Allen Involves a divorce action brought by a woman against her husband. Issues such as fidelity and compatibility are raised. The couple has minor children born of the marriage; therefore custody and support must be considered and visitation rights must be defined. There are also numerous marital assets to be divided between the parties, as well as property that is claimed to be non-marital.


  • Focus on paralegal responsibilities specifically

  • Student can see full examples of important documents, such as pleadings and discovery

  • Allows students to follow cases from incident through appeal

  • Supplements theory allowing students to gain hands-on experience

  • Adaptable to any length course or jurisdiction

About the Author

Janis Walter

Janis Walter, professor emeritus, teaches part-time at the University of Cincinnati’s ABA-approved paralegal program. She has served as chair of the ABA’s Approval Commission on Paralegals and was a member of the Standing Committee. She participates as a Specially Designated Commissioner for the ABA on site visits across the U.S. Professor Walter is also an active member of the American Association for Paralegal Education, where she served as editor of the Paralegal Educator. She has presented at many different forums on topics ranging from teaching effectiveness to handling adoptions. Professor Waler authored The Ohio Courts, a series of widely popular case studies covering civil litigation, criminal law and family law, and she developed three learning labs for a virtual law office. Professor Walter holds a bachelor's degree in political science and a law degree from Salmon P. Chase College of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Kentucky and Ohio and before the United States Supreme Court. She still practices in the areas of estate law, family law and personal injury.