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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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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
Third-Party Litigation Finance

This guide summarizes issues related to third-party financing of civil litigation. It discusses how judges might manage cases involving litigation financing, including ethical issues, legal issues raised by financing agreements, and discovery issues related to such agreements. 

For more information on third-party litigation financing, visit the Third Party Litigation Financing Special Topics Page.

December 29, 2017
Law Clerk Handbook: A Handbook for Law Clerks to Federal Judges, Revised Third Edition

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

The revised third edition contains updates to § 2.2 of the handbook, which include clarifying language regarding workplace harassment.

December 18, 2017
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

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