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The Thirteenth Edition of this very popular casebook provides a framework for studying the essential and cutting-edge issues of civil procedure in an accessible but rigorous way.

The authors of the prior editions, Jack H. Friedenthal, Arthur R. Miller, John E. Sexton, and Helen Hershkoff, welcome two new authors to their team, Adam N. Steinman and Troy A. McKenzie. The new edition reflects the uniqueness, talents, and special expertise of these new authors, who individually and together bring tremendous new experiences and backgrounds to an author-team already known for its excellence and distinction.

Adam N. Steinman, the University Research Professor of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law, is an award-winning teacher and scholar whose work has been cited in hundreds of articles and dozens of judicial opinions. He is an author on the Wright & Miller Federal and Practice & Procedure treatise and an elected member of the American Law Institute. He is also the co-organizer of the Unavailability Workshop for Civil Procedure and the co-editor of the Law Professor Blogs Network’s Civil Procedure & Federal Courts Blog. Prior to joining the University of Alabama faculty, he was a Professor of Law at Seton Hall University and the University of Cincinnati. His practice experience includes both complex civil litigation and public-interest appellate work.

Troy A. McKenzie, Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, is an award-winning teacher and scholar who has taken an active role in the procedural rulemaking process. He is a member of the Council of the American Law Institute and has been appointed to the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States. At NYU, he co-directs the Center on Civil Justice and the Institute of Judicial Administration. Among his practice and public service experiences, he served for two years as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice.

The Thirteenth Edition, like the predecessor editions upon which it is based, is designed to reinforce doctrinal understanding, to foster case reading skills, to encourage critical thinking about the real-world context of procedural decisions, to motivate discussion about diversity, inclusion, and equity and the role of courts and civil procedure in promoting those values, and to help develop a sense of litigation strategy in a world that is at once local and global.

The casebook covers all of the major topics that a professor might wish to teach in a first-year course, and can easily be adapted for courses of one or two semesters, of different credit hours, and with varied practical or theoretical emphases. A supplement includes all updated Federal Rules, federal statutes, and constitutional provisions pertinent to procedure, the pleadings in Twombly and Iqbal, a model case file, a litigation flow-chart, state materials, and other important teaching tools. The casebook can be used for in-class and remote instruction, and the authors have prepared an extensive Teacher’s Manual giving practical tips for simulated activities as well as discursive lectures.

Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: American Casebook Series
Publication Date: 07/06/2022

Jack H. Friedenthal, George Washington University Law School

Arthur R. Miller, New York University School of Law

John E. Sexton, New York University School of Law

Helen Hershkoff, New York University School of Law

Adam N. Steinman, Texas A&M University School of Law

Troy A. McKenzie, New York University School of Law


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  • Chapter 2: Ford Motor Co. v. Montana Eighth Judicial District Court as a principal case, anchoring an updated section on distinguishing specific and general jurisdiction; expanded note on the latest decisions on corporate registration as a basis for general jurisdiction
  • Chapter 3: Expanded note on the latest decisions on electronic service of process; note on the latest Supreme Court case on serving process on foreign states, subdivisions, and agencies
  • Chapter 4: Notes on the latest Supreme Court cases on removal by parties other than the original state-court defendant and on appellate review of remand orders
  • Chapter 5: Additional note cases on forum non conveniens
  • Chapter 6: Notes on the latest Supreme Court cases on federal common law and on certification of state-law questions to state courts; additional note cases on the application of the Erie doctrine to equitable remedies and to SLAPP laws (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation)
  • Chapter 8 (Chapter 7, Compact): Note on the decision imposing sanctions against attorneys who unsuccessfully challenged the results of the 2020 presidential election
  • Chapter 10 (Chapter 9, Compact): Note on recent developments in the case law on personal jurisdiction over nationwide class actions
  • Chapter 14 (Chapter 13, Compact): Revised introductory materials on trials
  • Chapter 14 (Chapter 13, Compact): Note on the latest Supreme Court case on the respective decisionmaking roles of judge and jury
  • Chapter 15 (Chapter 14, Compact): Note on the Supreme Court’s recent decision on appellate review of jury verdicts
  • Chapter 17 (Chapter 15, Compact): Notes on recent developments by the Supreme Court in preclusion doctrine
  • Chapter 18 (Chapter 16, Compact): Expanded notes on binding arbitration

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