This Eighth Edition continues to be the standard of pretrial litigation texts. This book is used in skills and clinic courses, advanced civil procedure seminars, and civil procedure classes. The chapters comprehensively explain case planning, investigation, pleadings, discovery, depositions, interrogatories, document production, admission requests, sanctions, procedural and dispositive motions, effective motion advocacy, and alternative dispute resolution and settlement methods. These chapters enable students to become highly competent, responsible, and ethical litigators. This benchmark text covers the strategies, tactics, and techniques applicable to pretrial and prehearing practice before judges, arbitrators, and administrative officials. The extensive text provides examples and illustrations of successful litigators New materials include the most recent revisions to the federal rules of civil procedure, the latest developments relating to electronically stored information, novel methods to discover emails and social network communications, updated practice procedures, and innovative approaches to modern pretrial litigation. A hallmark of the book is the inclusion of problems after each chapter and a variety of civil case files. The materials introduce students to the legal theories and rule policies. The exercises have students experience the pleadings, the discovery, and the motions of pretrial practice.