LITPRAC: The litigation how-to for newcomers and old pros alike

December 15, 2010

Fundamentals of Litigation PracticeWhen you need an exhaustive treatise that examines every detail of an area of litigation, you know you can find it on Westlaw.

But what if you need something basic and concise to get you started on your first case – or to refresh your litigation skills before your 100th case? Westlaw can help there, too.

The newly released Fundamentals of Litigation Practice database (LITPRAC) on Westlaw contains the full text of Fundamentals of Litigation Practice, a user-friendly introduction to the major tasks in litigation, negotiation, and alternative dispute resolution.

The publication is organized to mirror the litigation process – from client assessment through appeals and other post-trial activity – with bite-sized explanations of procedures and techniques central to all manner of litigation.

The practice guide was written by attorney David Herr and law professors Jeffrey Stempel and Roger Haydock, and their tone is generally informal and practical. Here’s an example:

“Of course, in a field with as wide a mainstream as law (liberal Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe and conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia are both charter members of the ‘Establishment’), it can sometimes be a little difficult to label legal arguments legitimate or illegitimate.”

Among the many useful features of LITPRAC are the StartSmart outlines, concise summaries of the important points and steps discussed in each chapter. Use these summaries as starting points or as tools to help organize your preparation.

You can also use the Table of Contents to quickly browse the contents and retrieve sections by clicking section names.