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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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Effective Use of Courtroom Technology: A Judge's Guide to Pretrial and Trial
Note: Distribution of this publication (hard copy) is restricted per National Institute for Trial Advocacy; permission has been granted for judiciary distribution only. Copies are available to the general public from National Institute for Trial Advocacy.
 
January 1, 2001
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
Federal Securities Law [Superseded]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Superseded by Federal Securities Law, Second Edition (2003).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
Federal Securities Law, Second Edition [Superseded]

An introduction to the intricacies of federal securities law. The author examines the statutory framework for the issues that federal judges are most likely to encounter in securities litigation: basic registration, disclosure, and antifraud. The monograph also covers class actions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act of 1998.

January 1, 2003
Federal Securities Law, Third Edition

The author examines the statutory framework for the issues that federal judges are most likely to encounter in federal securities litigation. The third edition updates case law, including recent Supreme Court cases as well as circuit splits. The monograph includes new material on materiality, pleading standards, loss causation in class actions, and secondary liability.

January 1, 2011
Guide to Judicial Management of Cases in ADR

This publication offers guidance to federal trial and bankruptcy courts on when and how to refer appropriate cases to ADR and how to manage cases referred to ADR. FJC research found that although much has been written about basic ADR concepts, little comprehensive, easily accessible advice on ADR referrals had been written from the court's perspective.

January 1, 2001
Guide to Research in Federal Judicial History

This guide describes the records of the federal courts, as well as records of Congress and the executive branch, that are relevant to researching federal judicial history. Note: Minor updates may occasionally be made to this document. Please consult the electronic version for the most current information.

 

January 1, 2010
Handbook on Jury Use in the Federal District Courts

A manual that explains the basic concepts of administering federal juries. It describes statutory requirements, Judicial Conference policies, and various procedures used in the district courts. Although the handbook is intended primarily for jury staff, district judges who are assigned to serve as jury judges may find it informative.

January 1, 1989
Immigration Law: A Primer

This monograph provides an introduction to and overview of immigration law, with a focus on analyzing issues that arise in litigation. It sets out the legislative history, explains the statutory and administrative regime, and describes the substantive and procedural law relevant to federal judges, including circuit splits. Topics covered include the Real ID Act and its effect on judicial review, categories of admissibility, asylum, deportation, removal, relief, waiver, and remedies.

January 1, 2009
International Commercial Arbitration: A Guide for U.S. Judges

Although U.S. federal courts across the country are seeing an ever-increasing number of cases associated with international commercial arbitration, few judges are familiar with this unique and complicated area of law. This guide offers judges a useful framework for analysis of matters relating to international commercial arbitration by providing a succinct and practical overview of the field as well as a specific, motion-by-motion discussion of the kinds of issues that commonly arise in U.S.

January 1, 2012

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