Most case books contain major or representative cases but provide little discussion of what the cases mean or "what the law is" on a particular topic. I hope that you will find, as my students have, that the discussion in this book helps to tie the cases together into a coherent picture of the law. In addition, the opportunity to try your hand at the examples and then to compare your answers with mine will provide an incentive to analyze the examples and make that process more rewarding - perhaps even enjoyable. Each chapter (except for the pleading chapters in Part Six) includes an introduction that gives a basic explanation of the relevant procedural concept followed by a series of examples. The "Explanations" section of each chapter presents my analysis of the examples in that chapter. The most effective way to use the book is to read each chapter when that topic is covered in your civil procedure course and to try to answer the questions yourself, based on my introductions and your reading for class. To keep yourself honest, write out your own analysis of each example, if only in a few sentences, before comparing it to mine. You may also want to review the chapter again after class coverage or discuss with your civil procedure professor any issues that you don't fully understand.