Basic Contract Law for Paralegals

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Author: Jeffrey A. Helewitz

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

ISBN: 1543801277

Category: Law

Page: 464

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Basic Contract Law for Paralegals is a clear, comprehensive, and straightforward introduction to all of the basics of contract law, specifically designed for paralegal students. Lively examples and well-crafted pedagogy cover all key topics in a contracts course—from offer, acceptance, and consideration, to discharge of obligations, and remedies. An appendix of twelve sample contracts provides a useful ongoing reference tool for paralegals working with contracts. Features: Comprehensive coverage of all the key topics. A culminating chapter walks students through the process of drafting a simple contract. Clearly written text and lively examples help students understand the law. Well-crafted pedagogy includes chapter overviews, highlighted examples, key terms, review questions, sample clauses for analysis, edited cases, chapter summaries, and end-of-chapter exercises Manageable length makes this book ideal for shorter courses. New cases provide up-to-date coverage of: Express and implied contracts and promissory estoppel Bilateral and unilateral contracts The mirror image rule and acceptance Consideration Implied-in-fact conditions and conditions precedent Third party beneficiaries Anticipatory repudiation and how to measure damages.

Practical Contract Law for Paralegals

An Activities-Based Approach

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Author: Laurel A. Vietzen

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

ISBN: 1454879572

Category: Law

Page: 352

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Practical Contract Law for Paralegals: An Activities-Based Approach is a comprehensive, practical introduction to environmental law written exclusively for paralegal students. The concise, well-written text focuses on a broad understanding of the sources of environmental law and offers students numerous practical exercises as well as concrete methods for researching the law. It also includes methods for conducting due diligence in real estate transactions, a real-world concern of paralegals and a topic ignored by other textbooks. The Second Edition offers thoroughly updated exercises, websites, government forms and laws, and includes a new chapter on mining law. Features of Practical Contract Law for Paralegals: An Activities-Based Approach: Accessible, practical approach to environmental law, specifically designed for the paralegal student. Comprehensive coverage includes the basics of the judicial concepts, policies, agencies and institutions that shape environmental law A brief overview of legal research and how it applies to environmental law. Intuitive organization starts with the implementation and sources of Environmental Law and moves on to specific statutes. Emphasis on conducting due diligence in real estate transactions, a real-world concern of paralegals and a topic no other book addresses. Engaging hands-on assignments, exercises and website resources teach students how to research local laws and access vital information. Strong pedagogical features reinforce the material, including crossword puzzles, key terms, review questions, and practice exercises. Features employment opportunities and ethical issues Thoroughly updated, the revised Second Edition includes: New chapter on mining law. Thoroughly updated exercises, government forms, laws, and websites.

Contract Law for Paralegals

Traditional and E-Contracts

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Author: Kathleen Reed,John J. Schlageter III,Henry Cheeseman

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: 9780133822526

Category: Contracts

Page: 576

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For courses in contract law for paralegals. A hands-on guide to contract development Contract Law for Paralegals introduces future paralegals to all facets of contract preparation, including ethical, practical, and professional issues. Updated for current case law, the text combines a strong foundation in essential principles with actionable insight into researching, creating, and interpreting contracts. Along the way, students practice drafting contracts for equipment, real estate, and business sales, while completing critical thinking assignments involving attorney briefings and legal cases. The 3rd edition includes new and revised contract examples, contract law cases, and exercises that build skills, provide drafting practice, and generate samples for a paralegal portfolio.

Basic Bankruptcy Law for Paralegals

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Author: David L. Buchbinder

Publisher: Aspen Publishers Online

ISBN: 0735569746

Category: Law

Page: 569

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Renewing a commitment to preparing students to become effective paralegals in all aspects of Bankruptcy, the Seventh Edition of this popular text offers important developments in recent bankruptcy law, expanded coverage of means testing, and enhanced pedagogy. In an illuminating overview of the Bankruptcy Code and Rules, respected author David L. Buchbinder provides step-by-step guidance through the paralegal's role at every stage of the Bankruptcy proceeding. A hit with instructors and students, Basic Bankruptcy Law for Paralegals features: focused coverage of Bankruptcy that hones in on what students need to know to become effective paralegals in all aspects of Bankruptcy: consumer representation creditor representation assisting with the handling of a Chapter 11 case a clear overview of the Bankruptcy Code and Rules step-by-step guidance through the paralegal's role at every stage of a Bankruptcy proceeding a practical orientation to completing bankruptcy documentation and the time limits on those documents thorough pedagogy that includes: examples checklists of procedures summaries of the law discussion questions practice exercises Forms Manual on an accompanying CD-ROM detailed Instructor's Manual with Test Bank Updated to reflect developing case law interpreting the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA) and other changes in Bankruptcy Law, the Seventh Edition also provides: two new chapters devoted entirely to means testing: one chapter presents a substantive discussion of means testing and the second chapter gives a tutorial Practice Pointers, a new teaching device, are integrated throughout the text Practice Exercises are now included throughout the book Timely and up-to-date, the Seventh Edition of Basic Bankruptcy Law for Paralegals comes with a complete teaching package that will complement the pedagogy, coverage, and clarity of this highly effective text.

Basic Labor and Employment Law For Paralegals

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Author: Clyde E. Craig

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

ISBN: 1454833610

Category: Law

Page: 528

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An effective teaching and learning text, Basic Labor and Employment Law for Paralegals covers all the essential elements in depth and breadth in a rational three part structure. "Introduction to Labor and Employment Law" examines the historical development of labor and employment law in America alongside the nature of the employment relationship. "Labor-Management Relations in the Union Setting" shows how American labor law regulates labor-management relations and includes methods of selecting collective bargaining representatives, unfair labor practices by employers and unions, economic weapons in labor disputes and the formation and administration of labor contracts. "Employment Discrimination" deals with the various forms of discrimination and the methods and procedures of pursuing employment discrimination claims. To underscore concepts and ensure student understanding, each chapter features marginal definitions, fact scenarios illustrating the concepts, and questions about specific facts for the students to consider. Answers to the fact scenarios are included at the end of each chapter. Discussion questions and exercises are provided to help students apply the concepts, and engaging case excerpts give them experience with case analysis. The Second Edition has been completely updated to include new material analyzing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, a federal statute amending the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Additional new material discusses the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, a federal statute prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of genetic information. Fresh case references and examples appear throughout the text. Hallmark features of Basic Labor and Employment Law for Paralegals: Covers all essential elements of United States labor and employment law in depth Divided into three sections o Introduction to Labor and Employment Law historical development of labor and employment law in America nature of the employment relationship o Labor-Management Relations in the Union Setting how labor law regulates labor-management relations methods of selecting collective bargaining representatives unfair labor practices by employers and unions economic weapons in labor disputes the formation and administration of labor contracts o Employment Discrimination various forms of employment discrimination in American law methods and procedures of pursuing employment discrimination claims Chapter pedagogy o marginal definitions o fact scenarios illustrating the concepts

Basic Administrative Law for Paralegals

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Author: Anne Adams

Publisher: Aspen Publishers

ISBN: 9781567066319

Category: Administrative law

Page: 356

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Understanding that administrative law is a notoriously difficult and complex topic, author Anne Adams takes great care to present the material at a level appropriate for paralegal students without oversimplifying. She employs concrete examples throughout the text to help students understand the basic concepts, and includes a handful of cases to teach case analysis skills. Concentrating on the paralegal in administrative law, the book covers the essential areas paralegals need to know in order to succeed, such as effective oral and written communication skills, researching and drafting documents, and completing forms. Well-crafted pedagogy helps students understand and apply the material: Student Practice Exercises help reinforce key concepts Concepts Journal feature encourages students to keep their own journal of pertinent administrative law concepts and then analyze and write on a major topic Key Terms Chapter Summaries Review Questions Discussion Questions Additionally, useful charts and figures explain concepts graphically as well as textually, and photos scattered throughout the book enhance the presentation. A separate Advanced Studies topic appears at the end of each chapter, and offers a hands-on approach -- using documents and forms, that can be assigned in or out of class. This in-depth section allows students more complete, practical study of the concepts. Lending flexibility, the instructor can choose to assign all, a few, or none of the Advanced Studies, depending on time restrictions and the goals of the course. A final chapter on the Paralegal in Administrative Law shows what private sector and public sector paralegal positions might encompass.

Introduction to Law for Paralegals

A Critical Thinking Approach

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Author: Katherine A. Currier,Thomas E. Eimermann

Publisher: Aspen Publishers

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law

Page: 732

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Written by a respected and well-known author team, this new text offers a comprehensive, intelligent overview of all the key concepts paralegals need to know, as it provides a wealth of information in an accessible, well-organized format. the talent and experience of these authors serves to enrich the text, and results in a book that is not just a compendium of facts, but rather a thoughtful discussion that teaches students how to use and analyze what they have learned. the book's outstanding pedagogy not only makes it easy to teach for the instructor, but also makes it interesting for the students. the text features: thoughtful charts and other graphics, discussion questions, hypothetical cases presented as examples at the beginning of chapters and referred to throughout the chapter, legal reasoning exercises, review questions, definitions in the margins of the text, ethics alerts and practice tips in boxes throughout, well-edited cases, and a comprehensive glossary. Part I: Paralegals and the American Legal System gives an overview of the basics of legal study and a separate chapter on the Role of the Paralegal before moving on to Sources of Law and Classifications of Law (State v. Federal, Criminal v. Civil, Substantive v. Procedural), the Structure of the Legal System, and an overview of the Litigation Process (including administrative law and ADR). Part II: Finding and Analyzing the Law takes students step-by-step through the process of analyzing and applying the law to facts. Two chapters show how to find and analyze statutory law and case law, and a complete chapter on the basics of legal research is included. This part concludes with a chapter on applying logically what the student has learned through research. Part III: Legal Ethics and Substantive Law provides an overview of the key substantive areas of the law, and includes chapters on Ethics, Torts, Contracts, Property & Real Estate, Laws Affecting Business (Business Organizations, Commercial Law, and Employment Law), Family Law, and Criminal Law & Procedure. All of the chapters use well-edited cases to illustrate key concepts and give students practice in reading court opinions.

Real Estate and Property Law for Paralegals

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Author: Neal R. Bevans

Publisher: Aspen Publishers Online

ISBN: 0735569444

Category: Law

Page: 448

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Real Estate and Property Law for Paralegals, Second Editionprovides a solid foundation of the basics of real estate law, including the practicalities of daily legal work. This user-friendly text covers all the key topics in real estate law that paralegals need to know, including the basic elements of real property, the different methods used to record and describe property, the methods used to transfer title, the rights associated with real estate ownership, the elements of real estate contracts, an extensive discussion of landlord/tenant law, deeds, mortgages, restrictions on land use, title insurance and title examinations, the closing process, and tax implications.Features that make this classroom-tested textbook a success include:An emphasis onpractical skillsthroughout the book. Students are given a realistic understanding of what it is like to practice in the real world. Aneasy-to-read and engaging stylethat utilizes numerous real world examples and illustrations, emphasizing the practical nature of real estate law.Effective teaching toolsthat include:chapter objectivesto open each chapter“Issue at a Glance”boxes in each chapter that summarize important legal conceptsmarginal definitionsnumerousfigures, tables, and formscase excerptsthat discuss legal theory and practical applications“Skills You Need in the Real World”sections in each chapter that highlight particular paralegal skills.Web sitesto assist students in gathering more informationKey Terms, Review Questions, and Practical Applicationsexercises at the end of every chapter. Awell-developed instructor’s manualwith a test bank, lesson plans, suggested syllabi, web resources, and additional assignments as well asPowerPoint slidesfor each chapter.The Second Edition has been thoughtfully reviewed and thoroughly updated and contains:New student workbook, included on CD with the text, provides additional opportunities for applying the law. The workbook includes student activities, online exercises, and review tools such as true/false questions, fill-in-the-blank questions, and matchingUpdated forms and examplesNew casesState-specific supplementsGive your students the advantage of a solid underpinning in all of the intricacies of real estate law with this practical, clear, and concise text.

Interviewing and Investigation for Paralegals

A Practical Approach

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Author: Ann M. Dobmeyer

Publisher: Aspen Publishers

ISBN: 9781567066401

Category: Law

Page: 290

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With a distinctly student-friendly voice, this new text provides a succinct overview of the interviewing and investigation process -- focusing on the key issues paralegals need to know in practice. the practical approach of the book uses realistic case scenarios to show interviewing and investigation skills in context, and draws from criminal as well as civil cases.The helpful pedagogy of the book includes:key termspractice tipsreview exercisesin-depth chapter exercisesglossary and bibliography.Users will also find:charts and exhibits throughout the book supplying them with the tools to help structure their interviews and investigations in practicecoverage of using the Internet to help in investigationextensive appendices which provide a variety of resources to help in the investigation and interviewing process, including a sample case investigation file; sample client letters; selective excerpts from the Federal Rules of Civil Procedures and the Federal Rules of Evidence.The text is divided into three major sections:Overview of Litigation Process, including rules of procedure, evidence and ethics discussed in the context of the interviewing and investigating processBasics of Interviewing, including how to ask questions, how to listen to determine whether questions are answered, how to diffuse the angry of hostile person, and how appearance and tone can influence the interview, and how to interview children and those form different cultures, as well as how to preserve information gathered through interviewsInvestigation Process, including how to plan and organize an investigation and complete sources for finding people and finding information

Basic Wills, Trusts, and Estates for Paralegals

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Author: Jeffrey A. Helewitz

Publisher: Aspen Law & Business

ISBN: 9780735551114

Category: Law

Page: 465

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The concise text that was designed specifically to give paralegal students an overview of Wills, Trust, and Estates enters its Third Edition with new and expanded coverage. The book facilitates teaching and learning through: a quick, simple, and straightforward introduction to all the basics of wills, trusts, and estates law, specifically tailored to the needs of paralegal students comprehensive coverage of key topics, including a review of the sources of property law clearly written text and lively examples that help students understand the law helpful guidance on how to draft wills and trusts documents step-by-step review of how to complete the entire federal estate tax return well-crafted pedagogy: chapter overviews, highlighted examples, key terms, review questions, sample clauses for analysis, case studies, chapter summaries, and end-of-chapter exercises appendix with useful forms manageable length, which makes the book ideal for shorter courses BASIC WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATES FOR PARALEGALS, Third Edition, is totally up to date: new chapter on elder care issues, including such topics as concerns of adults dealing with elderly parents and estate planning issues specific to elderly clients expanded coverage of right to die concerns, with more on health care proxies and do not resuscitate orders new exercises throughout the book updated case studies throughout the book Please visit the new companion website to learn more about this book. Website: http://www.aspenlawschool.com/helewitz_wills3

Basic Legal Writing for Paralegals

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Author: Hope Viner Samborn,Andrea B. Yelin

Publisher: Aspen Publishers Online

ISBN: 0735578583

Category: Law

Page: 322

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This popular coursebook is tailored specifically to the needs of paralegal students and focuses exclusively on effective legal writing. Using established pedagogy replete with practical examples, exercises, and tips, Basic Writing for Paralegals guides the paralegal student through every stage of legal writing and provides strategies for producing clear, compelling writing. The Fourth Edition introduces major revisions to the treatment of case briefing and legal analysis, now presented in two separate chapters to facilitate student understanding of each topic. The new Case Briefing chapter begins with a simpler, more accessible opinion and step-by-step guidance on how to brief it. New material on email and social media, updated website references, and a revised Citation Appendix, including updates for the newest editions of the Bluebook and ALWD Manual, keep this edition fresh and up-to-date. Features: Comprehensive, accessible format specifically designed for paralegal students. Overview of the legal system provides clear context for the different types of writing covered in the text. Exclusive focus on writing. Step-by-step instruction on the legal writing process leads students through each stage of legal writing from prewriting strategies to revising, including: The IRAC method. How to synthesize cases and authorities. Legal memoranda. Persuasive writing techniques. In-house and objective client documents. Letter writing. Practical approach focuses on the paralegal's actual role in the law office. Excellent pedagogy includes examples, exhibits, expert writing tips, exercises, practice tips, ethics alerts, and Web resources. Detailed subheadings provide quick access to topics. Helpful appendices include coverage of citation and sample legal memoranda. In-depth Instructor s Manual includes sample syllabi, sample tests and memos, as well as discussion topics and in-class exercises. New to the Fourth Edition: Chapter on Case Briefing and Analysis now divided into two chapters, to make the material more understandable and accessible. Revised Case Briefing Chapter starts with a simpler opinion and walks the student through briefing it. Updated Letter-writing Chapter with new information on email and social media. Websites updated throughout. New Net Notes and Practice Pointers keep this edition current and fresh. Updated Citation Appendix for the newest editions of the Bluebook, ALWD Manual and Internet resources.

Family Law for Paralegals

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Author: J. Shoshanna Ehrlich

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

ISBN: 1454873396

Category: Law

Page: 744

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Family Law for Paralegals, 7E is a comprehensive text for family law, offering complete coverage of the basics of family law, combined with historical context and insight into topics of current interest. This thoughtful and carefully written textbook offers the nuts-and-bolts of the law, framed in historical context and include exposure to some of the most dynamic issues in family law today. The text’s comprehensive coverage includes basic coverage of the issues of marriage and divorce, as well as cutting-edge issues such as non-marital families, child abuse and neglect, child support and custody, and same-sex marriage. Features: Detailed treatment of Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges striking down bans on marriages between same-sex partners on federal constitutional grounds Added discussion about emerging recognition of domestic violence as a human rights violation Discussion of expanded protections under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 for both Native American women who are abused by non-Native perpetrators and same-sex victims of abuse Expanded section on interstate child support cases, with new material on international support actions under a recent Hague Convention Expanded section on post-majority child support focused on enlarging parental obligations to correspond to the new reality of today’s young adults An added section about some of the continuing ambiguities/complexities of interstate child custody cases under the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act A new section on the Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act A new section on e-mediation A new section on the Indian Child Welfare Act that is intended to reverse historical disregard for tribal relations of Native Peoples

The Legal Research and Writing Handbook

A Basic Approach for Paralegals

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Author: Andrea B. Yelin,Hope Viner Samborn

Publisher: Aspen Publishers Online

ISBN: 0735567387

Category: Law

Page: 595

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Written specifically for paralegal students, the Fifth Edition ofThe Legal Research and Writing Handbook: A Basic Approach for Paralegalsoffers comprehensive coverage of both research and writing, dynamic pedagogy, and a clear, step-by-step approach to teaching.A widely popular text, the Fifth Edition continues to build on its strengths: comprehensive coverage of Legal Research in Part I and Legal Writing in Part II a clear and straightforward writing style a clean and accessible page layout with detailed subheadings for quick access to topics highly efficient research tools and strategies — with both traditional and electronic sources step-by-step guidance through each stage of the writing process — from prewriting strategies, to revising, the IRAC method, legal memoranda, letters, and more dynamic and innovative pedagogy that includes examples, exhibits, expert writing tips, exercises, practice tips, ethics alerts, and web resources a helpful appendices with sections on Shepardizing, Cite Checking, and Citation, as well as Sample Memoranda. a separate student workbook that provides extensive practice opportunities to students in research and writing an in-depth Instructor’s Manual that includes sample syllabi, tests, and memos, as well as discussion topics and in-class exercisesThoroughly updated throughout, the Fifth Edition features: new and updated illustrations and websites additional exercises on how to brief a case expanded and enhanced treatment of Case Briefing and Case Analysis internet resources — both free and fee-based — integrated into coverage of the research process additional internet-based research exercises new Net Notes and Practice Pointers updated Citation Appendix reflects the 18th edition of the Blue Book and the 3rd edition of the ALWD Citation Manual, and now offering new citation exercises If you’re looking for complete and timely coverage of research and writing, examine your desk copy ofThe Legal Research and Writing Handbook: A Basic Approach for Paralegals, Fifth Edition. It will become immediately apparent why Yelin and Samborn have one of the leading titles in their field.

Basic Legal Writing for Paralegals

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Author: Pamela Tepper

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

ISBN: 9780073403038

Category: Law

Page: 384

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Want to learn the basics of clear, effective legal writing? The applied, practical approach of Basic Legal Writing for Paralegals combines legal concepts and terminology with hands-on applications in legal drafting. It provides students with all the basic tools they need to communicate effectively in the legal field. This text introduces the key concepts in the legal field of Contracts in a fresh light, while presenting the topics in a straightforward and comprehensive manner. The Paralegal Supersite Site

The Law of Contracts and the Uniform Commercial Code

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Author: Pamela Tepper

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1285448944

Category: Law

Page: 576

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THE LAW OF CONTRACTS AND THE UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE, 3e covers all the important features of common law contracts, as well as Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code in a practical, understandable, and realistic manner. Real cases demonstrate how the concepts in each chapter are applied, and the fact pattern is used throughout the chapter to demonstrate how contracts and their concepts affect our daily lives, often with unusual results. Using a fluid and interesting writing style, the author reduces contract law to its basic components and provides examples that build on other examples. Chapter summaries, review questions, exercises, a running glossary, and--new to this edition--learning objectives help your students to fully grasp this complex area of the law. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Employment Law for the Paralegal

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Author: Peggy Kerley

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 0766815331

Category: Law

Page: 400

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This new text covers the history of employment law, wage and hour legislation, tort and breach of contract law, ADA, sexual harassment, discrimination, age discrimination, and employees' rights. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Contract Law for Legal Professionals

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Author: Andrea Yelin

Publisher: Pearson College Division

ISBN: 9780136131786

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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Taking a building-block approach, CONTRACT LAW FOR LEGAL PROFESSIONALS, 1/e covers the key topics and fundamental rules of contract law and shows how to apply them. Each chapter focuses on a specific topic, explains the law, illustrates the rules, reinforces the concepts and then lets students apply their knowledge. Cases present contracts issues and show how the courts resolved the issues by applying the rules. Focusing on mastering concepts, the book's goal is to equip paralegals with the basic knowledge required to approach a contracts issue capably, assist the supervising attorney and know when to ask questions.

The New Jim Crow

Masseninhaftierung und Rassismus in den USA

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Author: Michelle Alexander

Publisher: Antje Kunstmann

ISBN: 3956141598

Category: Political Science

Page: 352

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Die Wahl von Barack Obama im November 2008 markierte einen historischen Wendepunkt in den USA: Der erste schwarze Präsident schien für eine postrassistische Gesellschaft und den Triumph der Bürgerrechtsbewegung zu stehen. Doch die Realität in den USA ist eine andere. Obwohl die Rassentrennung, die in den sogenannten Jim-Crow-Gesetzen festgeschrieben war, im Zuge der Bürgerrechtsbewegung abgeschafft wurde, sitzt heute ein unfassbar hoher Anteil der schwarzen Bevölkerung im Gefängnis oder ist lebenslang als kriminell gebrandmarkt. Ein Status, der die Leute zu Bürgern zweiter Klasse macht, indem er sie ihrer grundsätzlichsten Rechte beraubt – ganz ähnlich den explizit rassistischen Diskriminierungen der Jim-Crow-Ära. In ihrem Buch, das in Amerika eine breite Debatte ausgelöst hat, argumentiert Michelle Alexander, dass die USA ihr rassistisches System nach der Bürgerrechtsbewegung nicht abgeschafft, sondern lediglich umgestaltet haben. Da unter dem perfiden Deckmantel des »War on Drugs« überproportional junge männliche Schwarze und ihre Communities kriminalisiert werden, funktioniert das drakonische Strafjustizsystem der USA heute wie das System rassistischer Kontrolle von gestern: ein neues Jim Crow.

Der Regenmacher

Roman

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Author: John Grisham

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783453127012

Category: Insurance fraud

Page: 608

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"Grisham weiß einfach, wie es geht. Hochspannung pur!" People Rudy Baylor, ein Jurastudent im letzten Semester, gewinnt seine ersten "Mandanten", ein Ehepaar, dessen Sohn an Leukämie erkrankt ist. Die Krankenversicherung weigert sich, für die wahrscheinlich lebensrettende Therapie zu zahlen. Rudy erkennt bald, daß er es mit einem riesigen Versicherungsskandal zu tun hat. Er nimmt den Kampf gegen eines der mächtigsten, korruptesten und skrupellosesten Unternehmen Amerikas auf...