Paralegal professor authors national textbook

Richard N. Jeffries, an adjunct professor for the Personal Injury class in the Paralegal Department at MSUM, has authored a revolutionary new textbook on torts and personal injury. The textbook, published by Pearson Publishing, became available nationwide this spring.

The book goes far beyond the traditional approach of teaching the black letter law of torts. The book includes practical hands on assignments, extensive appendices for use by the student, a discussion of medical issues and a discussion of insurance issues with related documents. A particularly unique and helpful aspect of the book includes a multitude of “workplace skills tips” throughout each chapter.

Jeffries received his B.A. in Business Administration from MSUM in 1965 and his Juris Doctorate with distinction from the University of North Dakota. He spent 37 years practicing law concentrating his practice in the areas of civil litigation personal injury. He was named a Leading Minnesota Attorney, received an “av” rating (the highest available) from Martindale Hubbell.

Jeffries is licensed to practice law in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Florida. He is serving as a consulting attorney to an Arizona law firm practicing in the area of construction defects.

Jeffries is co-teaching the Personal Injury class at MSUM with his former long-time paralegal, Terri Bourcy Smith.

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