In what it says is an industry first for a legal research platform, LexisNexis today is launching a multimedia civil procedure practice guide within Lexis Advance that includes not only text but also a series of more than 150 short videos embedded within the content.

The new practice guide, The Wagstaffe Group Practice Guide: Federal Civil Procedure Before Trial, is written by James M. Wagstaffe, former co-author of The Rutter Group’s Federal Civil Procedure Before Trial, and Wagstaffe is also featured in the videos.

The practice guide is available in three formats: a three-volume print edition, an ebook, or within Lexis Advance. Only the Lexis Advance version includes the videos.

Each of the 2-5 minute videos covers a specific topic in pre-trial civil procedure — such as e-discovery or the Erie Doctrine — and features Wagstaffe’s commentary and tips.

Wagstaffe is a partner in Kerr & Wagstaffe, San Francisco, and head of the firm’s Federal Practice Group. He is widely recognized as an expert on pre-trial federal civil procedure and is a prolific author and lecturer on the topic. He has worked with the Federal Judicial Center to teach all incoming federal judges and provide annual update seminars to all federal circuits on the intricacies of federal jurisdiction and federal practice. In 2014, the chief justice of the Supreme Court appointed him a member and chair of the Federal Judicial Center Foundation Board.

“Federal Litigation can be complex, confusing and intimidating,” Wagstaffe said in a statement announcing the new service. “In my roles as a lawyer, teacher and author, I have heard time and again from attorneys about the need for simple-to-digest, accessible content. I consider it an honor to partner with LexisNexis to bring this vision to life.”

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