The author designed this book on current education research. The book includes learner objectives, case studies, law summaries, skills and ethics paths, practice vignettes, court forms, sample pleadings and court papers, and career advice. Its design is to help you place civil procedure in its practice context, develop a professional identity, and give you greater control over your learning. In its report Educating Lawyers, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching urged reforms to integrate skills and ethics into the doctrinal dimension of law, to foster an apprenticeship of practice. This book is an example of the innovation that gives Cooley Law School its preeminence at practice preparation.
The author Nelson Miller is an Associate Dean at Cooley Law School. Before joining Cooley, Dean Miller practiced civil litigation, winning and defending multi-million dollar jury trials in torts cases. His public service includes writing Supreme Court amicus briefs, providing pro-bono legal services, advising charitable non-profits, and serving as president of a public-private partnership providing legal forms and information to unrepresented litigants. Dean Miller is the author of several books on law teaching and legal education. The State Bar of Michigan recognized Dean Miller as a Citizen Lawyer and gave him the John W. Cummiskey Award for pro-bono service.