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Interviewing and Investigating: Essentials Skills for the Paralegal, Eighth Edition

  • Stephen P. Parsons
Series / Aspen Paralegal Series
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Interviewing and Investigating: Essential Skills for the Paralegal, Eighth Edition, provides a thorough and practical approach to helping paralegal students establish a strong foundation in interviewing and investigating skills. And it does so by carefully placing that instruction in exactly the context of civil disputes, criminal prosecutions, and commercial business transactions where modern lawyers need assistants with those skills. The text contains materials to train students how to identify and locate witnesses, obtain vital information from both public and private sources, and how to arrange and conduct effective interviews of clients and witnesses, both in the office and in the field. The text uses not just explanations, examples, and illustrations, but realistic case studies with vetted student role-playing assignments to accomplish its pedagogical goals. The text with supporting materials is written by Stephen P. Parsons, an experienced practitioner, teacher, and author.

New to the Eighth Edition:

  • A new feature, Keep in Mind, to emphasize, recap, and follow up on important points
  • New coverage of genetic testing as a means of identifying or locating people
  • New and freshened examples, hypotheticals, and Learn by Doing exercises
  • Increased coverage on how to locate and obtain medical, educational, and employment records
  • Updated Case Studies for use in student role playing activities
  • Updated references to multiple online resources
  • Updated references to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and the Federal Rules of Evidence to reflect the latest amendments
  • Continued emphasis on the latest developments in online social networking and communication technologies including public and private surveillance cameras and surveillance drones

Professors and students will benefit from:

  • A dynamic pedagogy, including hypotheticals with questions, Learn by Doing exercises, chapter summaries, and basic review questions in every chapter
  • Examples from civil, criminal, litigation, and non-litigation scenarios
  • Emphasis on ethical and professional standards, integrated throughout the text and focused on in a chapter devoted to ethical issues
  • Four realistic cases for analysis and use in the Learn by Doing exercises-homicide, personal injury, domestic relations, and a commercial real estate development project
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About the authors
Stephen P. Parsons
Professor Emeritus
Appalachian School of Law

Stephen P. Parsons has been licensed to practice law in the state of Tennessee for more than 40 years. He was a partner in the Stophel, Caldwell and Heggie law firm in Chattanooga, Tennessee and later in the Wagner, Myers & Sanger firm in Knoxville, Tennessee, specializing in commercial law and tort litigation. Thereafter he was the principal in The Parsons Law Firm in Greeneville, Tennessee. From 2006 to 2015 he was a professor of law at Appalachian School of Law in Buchanan County, Virginia, where he taught Evidence, Contracts, Sales, Debtor-Creditor Law, Civil Trial Practice, and Appellate Advocacy. He retired from the school of law in 2015 as Associate Professor of Law Emeritus. Prior to service at the school of law, he was active in paralegal education having served as the initial program director for the Paralegal Studies Program at Walters State Community College in Morristown, Tennessee where he was a tenured professor and chair of the Legal Studies Department. Parsons received his B.A. degree from David Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee with a double major in Speech and Religion. He received his J.D. from The University of Tennessee College of Law, finishing first in his graduating class and was selected for inclusion in the Order of the Coif. While a law student, Parsons received book awards for achieving the high grade in five different courses: Torts, Evidence, Corporations, Administrative Law, and Bills & Notes. He also won the Advocates Prize Moot Court competition as a law student and was named Best Oralist in the competition. In addition to iInterviewing and Investigating: Essential Skills for the Legal Professionali, now in its eighth edition, Professor Parsons is the author of iThe ABC’s of Debt: A Case Study Approach to DebtorCreditor Relations and Bankruptcy Lawi, now in its sixth edition. He is also author of iConsumer Bankruptcy Lawi and co-author of iBusiness Bankruptcyi, both titles in the Wolters Kluwer Focus Casebook Series.

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