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Sinclair on Federal Civil Practice (Fifth Edition)

Author(s): Kent Sinclair
Practice Area: Civil procedure, Litigation
Published: Nov 2008
Supplement Date: Aug 2021 i Other versions can be found in the Related Items tab.
ISBN: 9781402411243
PLI Item #: 16913

Sinclair on Federal Civil Practice is designed to give quick and authoritative answers for issues arising in federal civil litigation and to serve as a guide to the principal rules and tactical considerations guiding lawsuits in the federal courts.

This two-volume treatise starts with the layout of the court system and the nature of its key personnel, followed by jurisdiction and venue principles, and then turns to the sequence of litigation, from pleading to discovery, trial, and then appeal, while explaining the rationale of the rules, citing the key interpretive cases, and offering court-tested practice tips.

The treatise also includes a Compendium of Recent Cases that offers a chronological, circuit-by-circuit and district-by-district listing of recent federal court cases.. It is organized to correspond section-by-section by topic with the treatise chapters, providing an easy-to-use case locator.

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Kent Sinclair is Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he is also Director of Lawyer Training. He is a member of the New York, California, Virginia, and federal bars and received his law degree from the University of California School of Law at Berkeley (Boalt Hall), where he was Chief Note and Comment Editor on the California Law Review. He served as law clerk to the Honorable James R. Browning on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and was acting Chief Screening Attorney for the Circuit. Thereafter he practiced with Shearman & Sterling in New York City, specializing in complex civil litigation, largely in the federal courts. He has been Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law and has taught numerous courses in pretrial and trial procedure for the Practising Law Institute as well as for the Federal Judicial Center. He is the author of several law review articles, Federal Civil Practice, and the PLI pamphlet Federal Rules of Evidence at a Glance. From 1976 to 1983 he was a United States Magistrate, sitting on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.