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Manuals, Monographs, & Guides

As part of its educational mission, the Center produces monographs on substantive legal subjects and a variety of manuals and guides for judges and court staff. Topics covered include discrete areas of law, courtroom and case-management procedures, the Federal Rules, and different types of litigation. These publications are authored by Center staff and outside subject-matter experts.

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Remote Participation in Bankruptcy Court Proceedings

This guide on the use of distance participation (DP) technology to conduct bankruptcy hear­ings and trials provides an overview of general considerations, ranging from philo­sophical to practical, and then examines separately the use of the teleconferencing and videoconferencing. Each district, and indeed each judge, must decide whether to use DP technology, and if so, how to use it.

November 15, 2017
Navigating Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code

Municipalities facing fiscal crisis often must make difficult choices, attempting to balance their financial obligations with obligations to deliver critical services, such as the provision of public safety, education, and health, as well as water, sewer, and transportation services. The primary objectives of Chapter 9—to provide a breathing spell to, and adjust the debts of, a distressed municipality—are familiar to bankruptcy professionals.

November 15, 2017
Managing Discovery of Electronic Information, Third Edition

This third edition of the pocket guide on managing the discovery of electronically stored information (ESI) covers the December 1, 2015, amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and reflects the rise of new sources of ESI, particularly social media, and updates judges on how ESI may be searched. It also suggests case-management techniques that judges might use in smaller civil actions in which the costs of ESI discovery could hamper resolution on the merits.

September 20, 2017
Compensatory Damages Issues in Patent Infringement Cases, Second Edition

This guide focuses on case-management practices that may be helpful to the courts in the adjudication of patent infringement damages. It reflects the current state of the law and the courts' evolving case-management efforts.

August 2, 2017
Enhancing Cooperation Through State–Federal Judicial Councils

This guide is intended to help state and federal judges organize and maintain an active state–federal judicial council. The guide identifies different topics that can be considered and activities that can be coordinated through a council.

July 10, 2017
Trade Secret Seizure Best Practices Under the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA), Pub. L. No. 114-153, became law on May 11, 2016. It amends 18 U.S.C.

June 28, 2017
Securities Litigation

This pocket guide is designed to offer judges an introduction to the law and practice of securities litigation. It provides an overview of the types of legal and practical issues judges may confront in litigation arising under the securities laws, and, where possible, offers suggestions.

June 28, 2017
The Elements of Case Management, Third Edition

A primer for judges on techniques and methods of case management.

June 19, 2017
Technology-Assisted Review for Discovery Requests: A Pocket Guide for Judges

This pocket guide summarizes the essential concepts behind a variety of labor-saving techniques, known generally as technology-assisted review (TAR), that help identify documents for production. The guide outlines possible factors for ascertaining whether and how the use of TAR may qualify as a reasonable inquiry under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(g). It also provides an illustrative order for governing the use of TAR in civil litigation.

March 28, 2017
Law Clerk Handbook: A Handbook for Law Clerks to Federal Judges, Third Edition

This handbook provides an overview of chambers operations and the work of the federal courts.

February 17, 2017

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