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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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Law Clerk Handbook: A Handbook for Law Clerks to Federal Judges, Fourth Edition

The Law Clerk Handbook provides an overview of law clerk responsibilities, chambers operations, and the work of the federal courts. Potential and current law clerks, as well as their colleagues, will find helpful information on conduct, ethics, types of federal court litigation, chambers and case management, court governance and administration, legal research and writing, and resources for additional information on these topics.

April 9, 2020
Approaches to Federal Judicial History

This volume presents recent scholarship on the history of the federal court system.  The main themes include the practices and importance of the lower federal courts, the relationship between district and circuit courts and the Supreme Court, and the broader role of the federal court system in American economy and society.

January 23, 2020
Plaintiff Fact Sheets in Multidistrict Litigation Proceedings: A Guide for Transferee Judges

This pocket guide was created to provide multidistrict transferee judges with an overview of the use of fact sheets. Fact sheets (either plaintiff or defendant) are one of many case-management tools available to transferee judges. Although using fact sheets is not appropriate for every multidistrict litigation (MDL) proceeding, this guide outlines practical considerations for establishing and implementing fact sheets in proceedings where a court chooses to utilize them.

October 28, 2019
Resource Guide for Chief Circuit Judges’ Deskbooks

The Resource Guide for Chief Circuit Judges’ Deskbooks describes the roles of the chief circuit judge, the leader of administrative operations for the court of appeals, and the circuit as a whole. The guide outlines the chief circuit judge’s key responsibilities, including the duties that Congress, the Judicial Conference of the United States, and the director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts have assigned or delegated to these judges.

October 21, 2019
Bellwether Trials in MDL Proceedings: A Guide for Transferee Judges

This pocket guide was created to provide transferee judges handling multidistrict litigation (MDL) with an overview of the bellwether trial process. Bellwether trials are one of many case-management tools available to MDL transferee judges. Although bellwether trials are not appropriate for every MDL proceeding, this guide outlines practical considerations for establishing and implementing bellwether protocols in proceedings where a court chooses to utilize them.

May 15, 2019
Social Security Disability Appeals

Social Security disability cases pose many challenges. In practice, federal court review of Social Security agency decisions differs widely from district to district and from circuit to circuit. This pocket guide is a primer for judges deciding Social Security disability appeals at the district court level. It addresses issues that regularly arise in these appeals and highlights relevant provisions in the U.S. Code, the Code of Federal Regulations, and the Federal Register.

March 8, 2019
The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act: A Guide for Judges, Second Edition

This guide provides an overview of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976. It is intended as a practical introduction for those who have little knowledge of or experience with the statute. The guide focuses on the basic legal issues U.S. courts face when handling cases that arise under the statute.

December 31, 2018
Tutorials on Science and Technology

Science tutorials have developed as a tool to assist judges in managing cases that involve complex science and technology. Such tutorials provide an early opportunity for the court to learn and ask questions about relevant science and technology outside the context of motion practice.

June 1, 2018
Managing Related Proposed Class Actions in Multidistrict Litigation

This pocket guide is designed for transferee judges managing MDL proceedings that involve multiple, related class actions.

May 31, 2018
Debates on the Federal Judiciary: A Documentary History, Volume III: 1939–2005

The concluding volume of the series covers debates concerning structural changes to the federal courts, including the creation of the U.S. magistrate and U.S. bankruptcy judge positions, and alterations to the federal appellate system, including the division of the Fifth Circuit, the creation of the Federal Circuit, and proposals for a national court of appeals.

January 5, 2018

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