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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. See also Reports & Studies.

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Business Bankruptcy

A general overview of the policies and practices of the business bankruptcy system. It covers both Chapter 7 liquidation and Chapter 11 reorganization.

January 1, 1993
Federal Securities Law [Superseded]

An introduction to the intricacies of federal securities law. The author focuses on the issues that federal judges are most likely to encounter in litigation: basic registration, disclosure, and antifraud provisions.

Superseded by Federal Securities Law, Second Edition (2003).

January 1, 1993
Chambers Handbook for Judges' Law Clerks and Secretaries [Superseded]

A handbook that provides an overview of chambers operations and the work of the federal courts. It deals with the following tasks and areas of concern for judges' law clerks and secretaries: conduct, ethics, and protocol; basic analysis of litigation; court governance and administration; chambers and case management; relations with other court and justice system personnel; and legal research and writing.

January 1, 1994
Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, First Edition [Superseded]

A reference to assist judges in managing expert evidence in cases involving issues of science or technology.

Other editions:

Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, Third Edition (2011)

Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, Second Edition (2000) 

January 1, 1994
Awarding Attorneys' Fees and Managing Fee Litigation [Superseded]

A monograph about the doctrinal and case-management aspects of fee awards. It analyzes the law of attorneys' fee awards under fee-shifting statutes, the common fund doctrine and its offspring, and the substantial benefit doctrine, and addresses an issue of special significance to bankruptcy courts--the propriety of sua sponte review of fee petitions. It also presents a selection of case-management strategies, based on interviews with judges, attorneys, U.S.trustees, and others.

January 1, 1994
Patent Law and Practice, Second Edition [Superseded]

An overview of U.S. patent law and practice. The author describes the patent application process and discusses defenses to and remedies for patent infringement, providing examples from case law. He also examines the impact of juries on patent litigation and considers ways in which a court can manage patent jury trials. The monograph includes an annotated bibliography.

January 1, 1995
Manual for Complex Litigation, Third [Superseded]

The successor to the Manual for Complex Litigation, Second, this work describes procedures that trial judges have found to be successful in managing complex cases. It also analyzes practices that have caused difficulties. It includes a number of forms that have been used by U.S. district judges.

Superseded by Manual for Complex Litigation, Fourth (2004).

January 1, 1995
ADR and Settlement in the Federal District Courts: A Sourcebook for Judges and Lawyers

Based on a survey of the federal district courts and an analysis of their rules, this sourcebook describes in detail how each court's ADR and settlement procedures functioned at the time of the survey.

January 1, 1996
Major Issues in the Federal Law of Employment Discrimination, Third Edition [Superseded]

An examination of the substantive and procedural provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This third edition discusses developments in the law through December 31, 1995, including changes resulting from the Civil Rights Act of 1991 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. It covers such issues as claims of disparate treatment and disparate impact, affirmative action, and discrimination on the basis of sex, national origin, and religion.

January 1, 1996
Benchbook for U.S. District Court Judges, Fourth Edition [Superseded]

An ongoing compilation of information that federal district judges have found useful for immediate bench or chambers reference. The Benchbook contains sections on such topics as assignment of counsel, taking guilty pleas, model sentencing forms, standard voir dire questions, and oaths.

July 1, 1996