Spencer's Civil Procedure: A Contemporary Approach, 5th Edition
A. Benjamin Spencer
The 5th Edition of Civil Procedure: A Contemporary Approach is designed to provide a clear and actively engaging presentation of civil procedure in a manner that enables both students and professors to assess learning success throughout the course.
The Fifth Edition fully incorporates the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, as well as a few case law developments since the 2015 publication date of the Revised Fourth Edition. Two particularly noteworthy new cases that are included in this edition are the Supreme Court's personal jurisdiction decisions in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court, 137 S. Ct. 1773 (2017) (elaborating on specific jurisdiction), and BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell, 137 S. Ct. 1549 (2017) (remarking on general jurisdiction). This edition, like the one that preceded it, integrates references to online assessment tools in the CasebookPlus™ platform. These consist of a bank of 300 multiple-choice questions that provide comprehensive assessment of the topics covered in this book, with detailed feedback consisting of explanations for both correct and incorrect responses. This feature provides an unparalleled opportunity to engage with the material actively as the course progresses and permits students and professors to determine the extent to which the material is being learned. The bank of questions also serve as excellent preparation for the civil procedure component of the Multistate Bar Exam, which was added to the MBE in February 2015. Finally, in what is a significant change, the material pertaining to notice and service of process are removed from Chapters 2 and 6, respectively, and consolidated into a new Chapter 2. Personal jurisdiction, which previously made up Chapter 2, is redesignated as Chapter 1 (former Chapter 1 is now an “Overview”).
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A. Benjamin Spencer
An expert in the field of civil procedure and federal jurisdiction, Professor A. Benjamin Spencer joined the University of Virginia School of Law in 2014. Spencer has authored two books in the area of civil procedure, Acing Civil Procedure and Civil Procedure: A Contemporary Approach,. Both are used widely by professors and students throughout the country.
Spencer previously served as professor, associate dean for research and director of the Frances Lewis Law Center at Washington and Lee University School of Law. He is a member of the American Law Institute and a member of the West Academic Law School Advisory Board. In 2007, he was awarded the Virginia State Council of Higher Education “Rising Star” award, given to the most promising junior faculty member among all academic fields at all colleges and universities in Virginia. He was the first law professor to receive this award.