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1

What is civil litigation?

The process whereby one person sues another person in a court of law to enforce a right to see a remedy such as financial compensation.

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What is multijurisdiction practice?

The provision of legal services in states other than the one for which the attorney is licensed.

3

What are billable hours?

The time spent on a client's case that can be billed to the client.

4

What is electronic billing (e-billing)?

The posting of billing information by the law office to a secure electronic host site for instate client access.

5

What are unbundling legal services?

The mutually agreed limitation of legal representation to one distinct step in a legal matter or process that may have numerous steps.

6

What is the litigation system?

A detailed procedure manual that is a chronological collection if the guidelines, forms, correspondence, checklists, procedures, and pertinent law for all steps in the litigation process.

7

What are professional ethics?

For attorneys, the rules of conduct that govern the practice of law.

8

What is legal advice?

Independent professional judgment based on knowledge of the law and given for the benefit of a particular client.

9

What is pro bono?

Free legal services provided to those unable to afford representation.

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What is jurisdiction?

The power or authority of a court to hear and decide the questions of law or fact (or both) presented by a lawsuit.

11

What is jurisdictional amount (amount in controversy)?

Specific dollar amount that must by claimed in an action to meet jurisdictional minimum of a given court.

12

What is supplemental jurisdiction?

The power of federal courts already having jurisdiction over a federal claim to her a state claim and add parties if that claim is based on essentially the same facts as the federal claim.

13

What are federal questions?

[A]ll civil actions arising under the Constitution, laws, or treaties of the United States.

14

What is diversity of citizenship?

Jurisdictional requirement for U.S. District Court that parties of a lawsuit be citizens of different states.

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What is domicile?

A person's true, permanent home.

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What is alienage jurisdiction?

A diversity jurisdiction involving foreign states and their citizens or subjects.

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What is a writ of certiorari?

A discretionary writ that allows the Supreme Court to take only cases that, in its opinion, have sufficient national significance to warrant its attention.

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What is a venue?

"Neighborhood"; the geographical area in which a court with jurisdiction can hear a case; distinct from jurisdiction.